After debriefs protest to come

by: Matthew Potter
March 10, 2008

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

According to press reports Boeing will protest the KC-45 award to Northrop-Grumman and EADS. They are supposedly going to the General Accounting Office (GAO), which is the middle level. The lowest is the agency making the decision, here probably Air Force Material Command, and the highest is straight to Federal Court. They can still go to court if they disagree with the GAO decision. If you go to court you will most likely just get some money, not the contract. The GAO if it upholds the protest will most likely direct recompetition. See the CSAR-X for an example of that, which funnily Boeing won but Sikorsky and Augusta Westland won on protests. Northrop Grumman on the other hand put out a press release on why they won.

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