Sunday, March 28, 2010

Poor Losers...Handwriting is on the Wall


"Analysts: LCS contract decision could be contested"
by Sean Reilly March 28, 2010

WASHINGTON -- By the Navy's calendar, a winner-take-all order for up to 10 new littoral combat ships is supposed to be awarded this summer, with Mobile-based Austal USA's future prospects heavily staked to the outcome.

But that award may not be the end of the story, according to outside analysts...

"It's just too important a program for both sides," said Jay Korman, a principal at The Avascent Group, a Washington, D.C., consulting firm...

Bids are due April 12, with a decision to follow in June or July, according to Sean Stackley, the Navy's top weapons buyer.

Representatives of both Austal and Lockheed declined to say what they would do in the event of defeat.

Either, however, could lodge a formal protest with the Government Accountability Office, the federal agency charged with handling contract appeals. The GAO gives itself just over three months to decide a protest, although a request to reconsider its initial ruling can add more time...

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