In a previous post, we opined that whoever lost the KC-X contract should accept the decision and let the Air Force move forward with the award without a protest.
We reiterate this view now.
Throughout the competition, EADS praised the USAF for its fair and open process, and its integrity, and when the Air Force inadvertently passed on company information to Boeing and EADS that belonged to each other, EADS praised the USAF for handling the mistake properly.
Prior to the decision, EADS reiterated these views and said that unless it saw something “egregious,” it would not protest.
Frankly, it’s time to move forward regardless. EADS often tried to take the high road by saying it was time to do what was best for the warfighter. What’s best is to get going, after 10 years of messing around on this contract.
EADS fought the good fight. There will be other contracts to compete for.
Let’s move on.