A 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief marshals a B-2A Spirit bomber during an orientation flight at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., May 27, 2015

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(Defense News)

December 3, 2015

Inside the Fish Bowl: High Stakes Acquisition Protests

A 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief marshals a B-2A Spirit bomber at Whiteman Air Force Base, May 27, 2015

Photo by SSgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow/U.S. Air Force

by Ted Harshberger, Obaid Younossi, Laura H. Baldwin, Frank Camm

The Boeing-Lockheed Martin team recently filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asserting that the US Air Force's selection of Northrop Grumman to build the Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B) was “fundamentally flawed.”

Work on the program, valued at approximately $80 billion, is now paused until the GAO makes a determination that the contract can proceed as planned or that the Air Force must take steps to remedy problems with the selection....

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Ted Harshberger is vice president and director of RAND Project AIR FORCE (PAF), Obaid Younossi is director of PAF's Resource Management Program, Laura Baldwin is associate director of RAND's National Security Research Division and Frank Camm is a senior economist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation.

This commentary originally appeared on Defense News on December 2, 2015. Commentary gives RAND researchers a platform to convey insights based on their professional expertise and often on their peer-reviewed research and analysis.