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Prophecy Update……May 8, 2008 Keeping You Informed of World ...

Prophecy Update……May 8, 2008 Keeping You Informed of World ...

U.S.-made equipment, we

U.S.-made equipment, we are becoming increasingly reliant on military components andmaterials from foreign countries.Chinese BulletsAlthough several congressional acts require the Pentagon to purchase equipment andsupplies from domestic sources, the Government Accountability Office repeatedly reports"systemic supply system deficiencies" in nearly all military supply categories.Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne says, "I worry about the industrial base of the future,"and the Pentagon has developed a Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and MaterialsShortages system to identify domestic material and manufacturing scarcities.When ammunition procurement budgets were cut dramatically in the 1990s, many domesticsuppliers were forced out of business. Defense officials began looking to foreign sources —including China — for bullets and missile propellant.Domestic sources of armored steel for military vehicles are limited, and today's soldiersoften suffer as producers struggle to keep up with demand. As the Defense Departmentrushes to purchase mine-resistant vehicles, a shortage of materials and manufacturing ishampering the rate at which these badly needed vehicles are deployed.Against this backdrop of declining materials, manpower and manufacturing in our militaryindustrial base, the Pentagon has outsourced a $35 billion contract to design andmanufacture the Air Force's new airborne refueling tankers to a European consortium andits minority American partner, Northrop Grumman. The extended contract could well exceed$100 billion taxpayer dollars.What few Americans know about this contractor — European Aeronautic Defense and SpaceCo. — is its history of bribery and corruption, and that its top officials are involved in amajor insider-trading scandal in France.Then there are EADS trade violations. At the same time the Pentagon awarded EADS thismultibillion-dollar contract, the U.S. trade representative was suing it in the World TradeOrganization in the largest illegal-subsidy case every presented in that world body.American policy is increasingly concerned about the transfer of our advanced militarytechnologies to hostile governments, yet EADS is widely reported to have close relationshipswith the governments of Iran and Venezuela. As Russia is a significant EADS stockholder,America should clearly not expect a sympathetic ear.The original Pentagon Request for Proposal called for a midsize refueling tanker, agile in the

air, able to take off and land on less than ideal runways (dirt, desert), with a small groundfootprint and whose core competency is midair refueling.But using a refueling tanker the size of EADS' K-30 to fill these requirements is like puttingMike Tyson in a tutu and expecting him to dance "Swan Lake." EADS is supplying anairplane twice the size of the original Pentagon request, too big to maneuver easily in the airor to take off and land on anything but a long, paved runway. Its wingspan is so wide, it willalso require costly upgrades to existing bases.Made In The U.S.The EADS plane is not capable of refueling tilt-rotor aircraft or some of our cargo andpersonnel carriers.And in direct contradiction to the Air Force's initial statement that it must be a "tanker first,"the Pentagon justified its final decision by touting the KC-30's ability to carry cargo, takingcare to note that domestic production was "not considered."Why did the specs change in the middle of the game? We must wait for further review, butduring the course of the bidding process, it appears that Sen. John McCain requested thatthe Pentagon change its specifications.The result of the changes seems clear enough: Rather than the EADS proposal seeking tomeet the Air Force's criteria, the Air Force's criteria were apparently adjusted to meet theEADS proposal.The tanker deal is not about one plane or one moment in time. If we are to retain ourmilitary superiority at home and abroad, we must maintain the ability to manufactureoriginal equipment and replacement parts in the U.S.Needlessly sending defense jobs overseas will do nothing to ensure our long-term nationalsecurity, which history shows will require a robust research and development, technical andmanufacturing base.2. Israel - God's TimepieceIsrael at 60 - 7,282,000 populationOn the eve of Israel's 60th Independence Day, the country's population stands at7,282,000, according to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

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