EADS North America has its eye on the Air Force’s tanker competition and more, leading it to push its political action committee to aid the European-based company’s drive for more of the American defense pie, reports the Congressional newspaper, The Hill. (Read our June 2006 article on “The European Invasion.”) The Hill’s Roxana Tiron says that the EADS North America: Americans for Competition in Aerospace PAC is in its infancy when it comes to US defense industry giants, but it is growing. The PAC has contributed to open competition senators, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. John Warner (R-Va.). Will it be enough to persuade diehard “buy American” lawmakers, like Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), who still has concerns over foreign ownership as well as foreign competition
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."