Pentagon’s “Ooops” Department: Missed Procurements
This appeared on Monday’s DefenseLINK bulletins: “Due to an administrative oversight and change of personnel, these contracts were not announced via Defense Link in December. Questions should be directed to TSgt Jerry Pickham at DSN 671-8598 or commercial (703) 695-0640, or email…”
They missed quite a bit. A $1 billion contract to support the E-4 Command Post aircraft (but DID didn’t miss it), $990 million to support the RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV program, $280 million for initial R&D around the future E-10A aircraft successor to both the E-3 AWACS air surveillance and E-8 JSTARS ground surveillance planes (read “Brittle Swords: Low-Density, High-Demand Assets” [42k, PDF] for why this may be problematic), and much, much more. Go see for yourself.