Reuters news service late Monday reported that EADS has decided it will go it alone to bid for the KC-X tanker contract, quoting “sources familiar with the matter.” The Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian official, William Lynn, said late last week that time was running out for EADS to respond to DOD’s offer to extend the bidding period. Northrop Grumman in March backed out of the KC-X contest for which it had teamed with EADS. Reportedly EADS had been trying to interest L-3 in a KC-X partnership, but that didn’t pan out.
Unlike nearly every other innovative technology throughout history, Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt believes the space enterprise emerged backward. “Every other domain started with an entrepreneur who built something,” Burt, the special assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, told an audience at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.