Boeing Gets Rejected on GBSD
Boeing learns Northrop has rejected teaming offer, and discusses the issue amongst the leadership team


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00:00 - 00:03Northrop Grumman has informed us they plan to announce their GBSD team at AFA
00:04 - 00:05Lockheed, General Dynamics
00:05 - 00:07Collins, Aerojet, Textron, Honeywell
00:08 - 00:12L3Harris, Parsons, BRPH, and Clark Construction
00:12 - 00:15They're calling it a "nationwide" team, since it brings together the best in industry and the work is favorably distributed
00:17 - 00:19Strong team they've put together for us
00:19 - 00:21So I guess we just have to decide if we're going to be the prime, or a major sub...
00:24 - 00:26Dennis...
00:27 - 00:28Northrop...
00:31 - 00:33Northrop has rejected our offer to team
00:34 - 00:36They're priming this "nationwide" team themselves and have the Air Force's support
00:53 - 00:58Everyone leave the room, except for Leanne and the Defense guys
01:13 - 01:15Are you fucking kidding me?
01:15 - 01:17Again, with Northrop, are you fucking kidding me?
01:18 - 01:23You said our no-bid threat would force GBSD into our hands!
01:25 - 01:28Northrop and the Air Force would have no choice other than bring us in
01:29 - 01:31You said without Boeing this wasn't a strong competition
01:31 - 01:34We'd argue this program was too important to sole-source!!!
01:34 - 01:37The Air Force couldn't stomach Northrop having so much of the triad - you said!
01:37 - 01:40Which wouldn't be the case if we hadn't handed them the bomber!!!
01:40 - 01:42Dennis, we're arguing unless Boeing is on the team, the nation will be deprived of the best solution
01:42 - 01:46Are you serious? "Deprived of the best solution"? We're Boeing, not Google!!!
01:46 - 01:48Dennis, we're arguing a Boeing "national team" will deliver two years faster
01:48 - 01:52You think anyone will believe that? After all the shit we've fucked up!!!
01:53 - 01:54They'll know we're lying!!!
01:56 - 01:57We lost this competition two years ago
01:57 - 02:00When Northrop bought Orbital ATK, and the solid rocket motors
02:00 - 02:03Northrop could deliver GBSD cheaper cause they'd eliminate the fee-on-fee for the motors
02:04 - 02:08But you said we could buy-in again, take an initial dive, "T-X" them!
02:08 - 02:13Offset early losses with the commercial cash machine
02:14 - 02:16And make up for it in spades by gouging the Air Force in sustainment!!!
02:17 - 02:21You said our ability to take massive losses in development was our biggest competitive strength!!!
02:27 - 02:29But the MAX shitshow turned off our ATM
02:30 - 02:34We're hemorrhaging cash. We can't buy programs right now.
02:34 - 02:36Like we did with T-X, and MQ-25!!!
02:41 - 02:42Without cash from commercial...
02:43 - 02:47we are completely fucked and have no cover!
02:48 - 02:53The KC-46 continues to be a goddamn mess
02:54 - 02:56It'll take us years to fix all of our dumb mistakes
02:56 - 02:59Now the plane can't even haul cargo, people!!?
03:00 - 03:02We can't engineer ourselves out of a cardboard box!!!!
03:04 - 03:07Don't worry, Loren Thompson can put out an op-ed
03:14 - 03:16We could've bought Orbital ATK too, you know
03:19 - 03:23Would've been helpful on the ULA front too. Classic vertical integration.
03:25 - 03:26But you guys wanted to buy Liquid Robotics...
03:31 - 03:33A company making random ass, unmanned surfboards
03:40 - 03:46When T-X and MQ-25 hit the fan, we're gonna need better excuses
03:46 - 03:49Successes we can point to...
03:53 - 03:56Maybe we can highlight us benefiting from the Air Force's most backward ideas...new F-15s, re-engining B-52s