Aerospace protest won't slow tanker contract

Monday - 8/9/2010, 8:40am EDT

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  • U.S. Aerospace has already filed a protest against the Air Force over the aerial tanker contract. The firm says its bid was unfairly rejected. However, the Pentagon says that the move will not delay the contract decision, which is still scheduled for this fall. Defense News reports U.S. Aerospace launched a long-shot bid for the KC-X contract with Ukrainian firm Anonov. The protest alleges that Air Force officials intentionally took steps designed to allow them to reject their tanker bid. The problem was the timing. Company officials say they sent a messenger to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to deliver their bid. They say the messenger arrived before the 2pm deadline, but was initially denied access to the base, and then was given the wrong directions to the bid drop-off location.

  • Andrew Jenkins hopes to improve how the Army responds to disasters. He's part of a team that's come up with a smart phone app for Google Earth and Google Maps. It's designed to help the Army in humanitarian and civilian affairs operations. The Army chose his program as a top winner in the first Apps for the Army innovation challenge. Jenkins is a geographer for the Army. To learn more about how the disaster relief app works, listen to the Federal Drive interview with Jenkins by clicking here.

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