Should Boeing win the contract to provide refueling tankers to the U.S. Air Force, 62,605 to 70,706 new U.S. jobs would be created over the life of the contract, according to a just-released report. That’s about 10 times more than the 5,113 to 7,080 new jobs a Northrop Grumman/Airbus win would have created in new U.S. jobs, it said.
The job projections are for Boeing and Northrop Grumman/Airbus only and doesn’t include jobs with suppliers or indirect jobs.
The projections are based on new direct investments in property, plant and equipment involved in carrying out the contract, it said.
They also took into account that Boeing maintains 96 percent of its operating assets and facilities in the U.S., while EADS and Airbus maintain 96 percent of their operating assets and facilities in Europe.
Northrop said this week, however, that it would not submit a bid, saying the proposal favors Boeing’s smaller tanker.
The report was done by Robert Shapiro and Aparna Mathur. Shapiro is chairman of Sonecon, a firm that advises businesses, governments and non-profit groups. Mathur is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.