The Air Force has asked the Government Accountability Office to reconsider its decision last month that sustained the protest of the losing bidder in USAF’s $1.2 billion KC-135 depot maintenance competition. “We have submitted a request for reconsideration on the Pemco protest,” Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Jennifer Cassidy confirmed to the Daily Report yesterday. Beyond that she said she could not comment. GAO ruled Dec. 27 that the Air Force, per a charge made by Pemco (now Alabama Aircraft Industries) in its complaint, did not properly evaluate the changes eventual-winner Boeing made in its final proposal, which potentially may have added risk. Therefore, GAO recommended that USAF go back and do a more realistic assessment. In the redacted version of GAO’s decision, released on Jan. 16, the watchdog agency said the record lacked documentation of Air Force analysis, “despite Boeing’s own acknowledgment that its final proposal revisions created risk.” This absence was “striking,” it said. Nonetheless, the Air Force is now questioning the decision. “They are arguing that we made an error in our decision and are asking us to reverse it,” Michael Golden, GAO’s managing associate general counsel for procurement law, told Reuters Jan. 16. GAO has until mid April to rule, but may do so sooner.
More than 100 B-21s will be needed if the nation is to avoid creating a high demand/low capacity capability, panelists said on a Hudson Institute webinar. The B-21's flexibility, stealth, range and payload will be in high demand for a wide range of missions, both traditional and new.