Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Protesting awards

Airbus was about to start work on the new tanker project.

Then the award was protested.

I wish there was an easy way out of this mess. You need the ability to protest a contract award. You also need faith in the person doing the awarding so that every award is not contested.

In this case, the protests seem sort of dumb, and it is wasting tax payer money.

Can you believe that they were actually about to start work? That is REALLY fast.

Boeing wouldn't have even had a plane available for modification for quite a while.

It takes too long to develop a new weapon system, and all of these scandals and protests only increase the time. We need to move toward acquisition like we did with the Predator, where it was not 20 years. Incrementally they have been improving that system and now we have the Predator B.

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