KC-X: Just „one page of data“ sent to competitors
At a press meeting today, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz played down the impact of erroneously sending data of the competitors plane to Boeing and EADS.
The general acknowledged that Air Force personnel inadvertently provided information to competitors Boeing and EADS about each company's bid on the tanker. But, he said, the information was one page of data that was not proprietary, as some media reported, but rather included technical information related to analysis of the aircraft.
The Air Force reviewed the mistake, General Schwartz said, and had two people responsible removed from the service's program review office.
The mistake does not give either company an advantage on the bid because both companies received the same type of information, the general said. He now expects a decision in January.