netcents2  MC-130J Commando IIs conduct low-level formation training  netcentsii
netcents-2  netcentsii NETOPS
netcents-2  Thunderbirds at Las Vegas airshow netcentsii
netcents2  Airman advances through green smoke cover during building clearance training,  netcentsii
Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES Old picture of drones netcentsii
Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES  Chief Master Sgt. Paul Koester freefalls from the C-17 Globemaster III ramp into a high-altitude low-opening parachute deployment  netcentsii
Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES  USAF photo:  F-16 on afterburner     netcentsii
Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES  USAF photo: F-15 flying over cloud bank  netcentsii
Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES A crew chief taxis in an MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft netcentsii
Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES   preflight check on a C-130H Hercules netcentsii
Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES  Oklahoma ANG personnel help tornado victims in Moore, OK  netcentsii
Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES   Pilot hugs his children Rylie and Carter after returning from a deployment   netcentsii
netcents2  A-10 Thunderbolt deploys flares   Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES
Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES  Members of the Security Forces Squadron respond to a ground attack   netcentsii
netcents2  F-35 completes a series of night flights   netcentsii
Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES
Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES
A-10 firing Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES
Thunderbirds Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES
Special Tactics Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES
Tuskegee airman rearms P-51 Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES
P-51 Mustang  Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES
Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES
Mt Rushmore Color Guard Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES
F-22 Raptor on runway Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES
B-52 Stratofortress Netcents-2, netcentsii, App services, NETOPS, Air Force Small business, EISM, PEO-BES

Scathing Washington Technology Questions: Air Force “Gutless or Incompetent?”

Washington Technology Daily blogger, Nick Wakeman, asks today, “Should the Air Force fire whoever was in charge of making the bid decisions or ran the evaluation team? Shouldn’t someone be held accountable for fouling up a $6.9 billion contract?”

“In my mind there are two possible scenarios that led to the Air Force’s decision, both of which make the service look bad.

Scenario 1: The Air Force is gutless and caved to the pressure of having to defend its award decision when 11 companies filed bid protests.

Scenario 2: The Air Force is incompetent because its award decision couldn’t survive the scrutiny of 11 bid protests.

So now the Air Force is reopening discussions with the bidders and allowing them to submit another round of final proposal revisions. But doesn’t that give the protestors an advantage over the winners because they know why they lost and why the winners won? “

“This is a $6.9 billion contract that has had some delays already and is part of a $22 billion program for goods and services. It’s the Air Force’s biggest and most important IT contract and is a follow-on to the very successful NetCents I. “

“You’d think that the Air Force would have made sure the reasoning behind its award decisions was bullet proof. Or at least bullet proof enough to go through the GAO review process. Shouldn’t you make awards on a contract this big and this important with the confidence that you can withstand a protest? “

“Protests have become so commonplace that they seem to be part of company growth strategies. A case like this makes me think that a smart company should protest any losing bid because you’ll automatically get an extra shot.”

“I don’t agree with some commenters who called the protesters cry babies. No, sir, they aren’t. They are doing what’s necessary to hang onto business.”

“What does this mean for the rest of the NetCents II program? More protests and more delays, I guess.”

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