Air Force protests the protests

by: Matthew Potter
February 13, 2008

Category: Boeing, commercial aviation, Contract Awards, EADS, Northrop Grumman Corp., production program, Protest, U.S. Air Force | RSS 2.0

The commender of the Air Force Material Command, the head of the organization that buys and sustains things, bemoans to, that all of the recent major contract awards by the USAF have been protested. He states that he knows the loser of the upcoming KC-X contract will protest – be it Boeing or Northrop Grumman/EADS. He is right in that it takes little for the loser to file a protest, just some legal billing hours. I agree that the two teams have probably already written protests ready to drop within 30 days after the award. The article states the primary reason is the lack of contracts. That is especially true of these big, hardware ones. The Army has bought two new helicopters, ARH and LUH;the Air Force, CSAR-X, and now the KC-X. There is no large aviation contract outstanding for several years left to be awarded.

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