(Source: Northrop Grumman Corporation)
12:00 AM, November 10, 2008
WASHINGTON --- Northrop Grumman Corporation today filed a formal protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of the evaluation conducted by the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Source Selection Authority (SSA) to identify development teams for the technical demonstration (TD) phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program.>> After careful examination of the data presented at the Nov. 5 debriefing, it is apparent that inconsistencies in the bid and evaluation process unfairly placed the Northrop Grumman team at a competitive disadvantage. Northrop Grumman requests that the GAO examine the process, which it believes is marred by unstated requirement changes and arbitrary maturity ratings.>> Northrop Grumman offered the best solution for a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, clearly meeting the battlefield needs of our nation's warfighters. The team developed the most innovative design and at a cost significantly below other alternatives, factors we believe were not given full consideration. Design maturity is clearly a critical element, but innovation does not mean the lack of design maturity. Northrop Grumman's innovative approach is to give our warfighters the best solution while offering American taxpayers the best value at lowest cost.>> The immediate need for this new vehicle is undisputed, but American warfighters deserve more than last year's model, hastily retrofitted for rapid deployment. In the same development period they can have the protection, maneuverability, and security of a combat vehicle designed from the start to meet 21st Century threats.