Tighter Rules for Military Maintenance

Contractors such as Pratt & Whitney fear new outsourcing regulations being formulated by the Obama Administration will cut profits and jobs

Ever since the U.S. Air Force began flying C-17 transport jets nearly 20 years ago, Pratt & Whitney (UTX) has been tasked with repairing the engines, about 200 each year, at its plants. Pratt, a unit of Hartford-based United Technologies (UTX), developed the C-17 engine from the version it supplies to Boeing's (BA) 757 airliner. Pratt has "millions of hours" of experience performing maintenance on both, says William J. Begert, a vice-president for business development in the company's military engines unit.

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