Air Force Investigation of LAS Contract Just Got Real

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.”


This former airman hopes the Air Force gets to the bottom of the story quickly. Check our previous stories about the LAS controversy here, here and here.


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