Air Force Investigation of LAS Contract Just Got Real
February 29, 2012 - 11:34 am
From CQ Today Online News:
The Air Force’s top officer on Wednesday called the potential mishandling of yet another aircraft procurement program and its subsequent termination an “embarrassment.”
The Air Force on Tuesday put aside a $355 million light attack aircraft contract, which was being executed on behalf of the Afghan government. Brazil’s Embraer in December won a contract to provide 20 Super Tucano aircraft. A Kansas-based competitor successfully protested the award.
But Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff, said the service was not satisfied with its work supporting the decision. U.S.-based Sierra Nevada Corp. helps to build the Tucano in partnership with Embraer.
He said it “is a real disappointment if we did not execute at a higher standard,” Schwartz said. “If this wasn’t an innocent mistake, there will be hell to pay.”