Dangers ahead in Air Force procurement: Aircraft contracts could reward Russia, French espionage and bribery, and other bad behavior

11 The Independent, London, February 23, 2007.

12 Pammy Olson, “Qatar interest keeps EADS aloft,” Forbes online, February 19, 2007, 8:25 AM ET.

13 Samuel Porteous, “Economic Espionage,” Commentary No. 32, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, May 1993.

14 R. James Woolsey, “Why We Spy on our Allies,” Wall Street Journal, March 17, 2000.

15 Senator Patty Murray, “Will the Last Aerospace Worker Leaving America Turn Out the Lights? Stopping Europe’s Unlimited Assault on American Aerospace Before It’s Too Late,” May 5, 2004.

16 “Airbus’s Secret Past – Aircraft and Bribery,” The Economist, June 12, 2003.

17 Richard J. Newman, “The European Invasion,” Air Force, June 2006, Vol. 89 No. 6.

18 Senator Murray, May 5, 2004.

19 David Gow, “EADS Invests in Battle to Take on Boeing on Home Territory,” Guardian, December 18, 2006.

20 Information from TeamJCA.org, a site critical of EADS.

21 Ibid.

22 Testimony of Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Grant D. Aldonas, “Trade and the Competitiveness of the U.S. Aircraft Manufacturing Industry,” U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation, July 26, 2001.

23 Ibid.

24 Jitendra Joshi, “Northrop-EADS to bid on Pentagon tanker deal,” Agence France Presse, February 8, 2007.

25 “US-Firmen: Die Plünderer sind da,” Metall, May 2005. Online at http://www.igmetall.de/cps/rde/xchg/SID-0A342C90-8AD8F407/internet/style.xsl/view_4764.htm.

26 Ray D., “Germany’s Largest Trade Union: Portraying Americans as Blood Suckers ‘A Good Caricature,’” in David Kaspar, Davids Medienkritik blog, http://medienkritik.typepad.com/blog/2005/05/germanys_larges.html.

27 “Aeronauticos Protestan Veto de EEUU a Venezuela,” El Universal (Caracas), January 17, 2007.

28 Rojo y Negro digital, August 17, 2006, online at: http://www.rojoynegro.info/2004/article.php3?id_article=10784. Rojo y Negro (Red and Black) is the official newsletter of the CGT.

29 Rojo y Negro digital, September 4, 2006, online at: http://www.rojoynegro.info/2004/article.php3?id_article=10992

30 Rojo y Negro digital, September 5, 2006, online at: http://www.rojoynegro.info/2004/article.php3?id_article=11008.

31 Ibid.

32 Roxana Tiron, “Spain’s Sale to Chavez Puts EADS on Defense,” The Hill, June 6, 2006.

33 “Venezuela, Spain, to start sale of military patrol boats,” Pravda, May 26, 2006; Venezuelan Defense Minister Raul Baduel, in a July 28, 2006 news conference, covered the Associated Press in Spanish, July 30, 2006, and ABC (Madrid), July 30, 2006;  El Diario de Cadiz (Spain), October 3, 2006. Chavez’s ambassador in Madrid, Arevalo  Mendez Romero, told Europa Press on October 6, 2006 that the deal was still “continuing.” The deal collapsed only because EADS CASA could not find proper replacement parts for the planes it was building Chavez.

34 Senator Jon Kyl, “Coordinating Policy Toward Venezuela,” Dear Colleague letter, May 25, 2006.

35 Senators Kyl, Isakson, Nelson and Santorum, letter to President George W. Bush, June 6, 2006.

36 “7-Eleven Cuts Off Chavez; It’s About Time,” Decision Brief 06-D49, Center for Security Policy, September 28, 2006.

About J. Michael Waller

J. Michael Waller is Senior Analyst for Strategy at the Center for Security Policy. His areas of concentration are propaganda, political warfare, psychological warfare, and subversion. He is the former Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor of International Communication at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school in Washington, DC. A former instructor with the Naval Postgraduate School, he is an instructor/lecturer at the John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg.