Congress begins political war to overturn KC-45 decision

by: Matthew Potter
March 5, 2008

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

Based on this story run in The Hays Daily News, Senators and Congressmen from the losing states are beginning the process to use politics to overturn the KC-45 award to Northrop-Grumman and EADS. Unfortunately there are Senators and Congressman from the states that stand to gain from the award. See this previous post for more information on that issue. Also, unless there is a clear screw-up in the source selection process the protest will do nothing but delay the work. Congress can cancel the contract by refusing to pay for it, but then what do they do? They cannot force the Air Force to give the contract to Boeing. If you remember that was done once, and it was Congress that forced them to change it to a competition.

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