DD(X) deal draws protest from blue team

Bath Iron Works, a unit of General Dynamics Corp., has filed a protest with the General Accounting Office challenging the Navy's decision to hire Northrop Grumman Corp. to design the $2.9 billion DD(X) networked warships.

Allan Cameron, president of Bath Iron Works, which headed a group of contractors known as the blue team, said the Navy's debriefing on his company's loss made it 'obvious to us that the selection process was not consistent with the established evaluation criteria and thereby gave an unfair advantage to [Northrop Grumman's] gold team.'

The protest was filed on May 9. GAO will review the protest and make a decision by Aug. 19, after an investigation.

All aboveboard

A Navy spokesman said the selection process was fair and very close. 'It was competitively awarded based on best value from our perspective,' said Ensign David Luckett.

The design phase for DD(X) will include laying out an integrated computing environment for combat systems. The automated workstations on DD(X) ships will be linked to submarines, aircraft and satellites to collect information.

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