John McCain IMHO is not qualified to be CIC as stunning as this may seem let me see if I can make it as short as possible. His record on the Armed Service Committed is one of killing DoD programs all in the name of cost cutting, however given his new found love of spending 850 Billion and two wars being fought, does it make sense to anyone that Military purchase of new technology should be cancelled, especially much needed technology to replace in come cases 40 year old aircraft, and worn out equipment? The one thing more to contemplate here too is why would a president allow such technology to be developed and be in the hands of a foreign power at the expense of american jobs? I have listed a little history of John McCains dealings with Boeing on the KC-X tanker program. His new target now is the F-35 JSF,FCS, as well as the LCS. The last time Sen. John McCain started questioning the cost and structure of a massive Pentagon contract in a Senate hearing, he was initially written off as a grump. But eventually, Boeing lost a $23 billion deal to lease tankers to the Air Force. The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: McCain tackles Boeing project As he stumps for President, Senator John McCain likes to brag about how he kept Boeing Inc. (NYSE: BA) from winning a contract to build Tankers -- in-flight refueling aircraft -- for the Air Force in 2004. Last week, the Air Force announced that the winner of the contract was Boeing's arch-rival, EADS, parent of Airbus which is based in Toulouse, France and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC). That decision is sitting very well with the governor of Alabama, where Northrop Grumman is based. Republic Governor Bob Riley endorsed McCain a mere three days after the Air Force contract was announced. The EADS-Northrop tanker, based on the Airbus A330, will be built in Mobile, AL, where The Associated Press reports it will produce 2,000 new jobs, and support 25,000 jobs at suppliers nationwide. Is it just a coincidence that Riley endorsed McCain so soon after that contract was awarded? Boeing supporters in Congress may be wondering and they are angry with McCain "for scuttling an earlier deal that would have let Boeing build the next generation of Air Force refueling tankers." AP reports that Boeing now will miss out on a deal that it says would have supported 44,000 new and existing jobs at the company and suppliers in 40 states. Now the contract has been put off till the next president can make a decision on it. The DoD annouced yesterday after a recommendation from the Armed Service Committiee that they would delay purchase of the F-35 JSF risking member country participation to the tune of 330 billion dollars. Three countries in the programs after the announcement have notified Northrop that they intend to seek other options. The Armed Service Committee also made recommendations that the Litoral Combat Ship be delayed and that units 3 and 4 be cancelled and placed on hold all ships after unit 5. Remember we are fighting wars here with equipment that can and does wear out folks and in some cases especially with the KC-135 Tanker is very old. This is the man you want who not only has a record of killing Military programs but also favors offshore military purchases at the expense of American ones.