When it comes to bidding on government contracts for the aerospace and defense industries, it should be a no-brainer: only companies in the USA should be part of the bidding process. The supply chain for aerospace and defense should not stretch beyond the borders of the United States. I think we all know why this is necessary.
On October 1 of this year, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced a $46,388,901 multi-year Department of Defense contract for Timken Aerospace Transmissions in Manchester for the maintenance and overhaul of the AH064 Apache Attack Helicopter main transmission.
Putting this contract into the hands of a U.S. company was not small feat. In May, Blumenthal and Murphy wrote a letter urging the Department of the Army to avoid foreign sourcing and ensure a qualified domestic manufacturer for the proposed multi-year acquisition of approximately 240 AH-Apache helicopters.