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The source-selection process is rigorous, requiring months of preparation and several more months of evaluation in a tightly controlled environment. Prior to official source selection start, KC-X program officials had continuous dialogue with industry representatives. This dialogue continues through the evaluation process.......
Federal Acquisition Regulations limit information exchanges or discussions with potential offerors solely to the procuring contracting officer inside the formal source selection process. These regulations also prohibit Air Force officials from disclosing the number or identity of offerors, or discussing source selection progress.
Contacts concerning the KC-X program by participating offerors are no longer permitted outside the formal source selection process.
Originally posted by Canada_EH
Well the first attempt at a fair competion failed when there was some illegal money swaping from what I remeber reading.
Originally posted by emile
I have had a huge confusion under this thread waiting experts here come to answer: Why USAF always chose an inferiorer platform refitted to be an aerotanker? Last time they selected DC-10, abandont Boeing 747, this time the treamline was abandoned. But both of two times, the latter obviously better than previous one, with carring more fuel, longer range, wider span to could be fitted more refueling probes. If I am the decision maker, I'd rather to use An-225 than any others.