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Re: ULA Monopoly to Be Ended by Pentagon
« Reply #20 on: 02/08/2013 05:03 PM »

See also this article for some of the highlights:
http://www.newspacewatch.com/articles/gao-releases-report-on-usaf039s-certification-of-new-launch-providers.html

Typical nonsense from him along with unsubstantiated assertions.

Not sure where you read that in to it. It all looked pretty good. He made a lot of good points. Can you point out things you had specific issue with or that are wrong?

first, which ones are good?

Specifically looking at the bulleted points;
1) Fixed costs should factor into the cost of the vehicle. ULA vehicle prices is effectively subsidized so should be aggregated over vehicle price. This is harder if you're just including development costs (as in shuttle or in Falcon vehicles) but is very easy when there is a outright free $1B every year.
2) Not sure on the "didn't ask for input." The other part is just sarcasm though. I kind of don't understand what he stated here. (Only one I had real issues with.)
3) More sarcasm, but making the point that no one really knows what "most stringent requirements" is supposed to mean and sounds like its worded to say that non-ULA companies are rather second class.
4) Very interesting point and either he misquoted the Air Force or there are serious issues going on.
5) Why have things changed so much that requirements for competition changed?
6) (Final point after last bullet.) This is a very good point. Dropping costs would help develop new technologies.
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Re: ULA Monopoly to Be Ended by Pentagon
« Reply #21 on: 02/08/2013 05:16 PM »
Just to be clear, the text between the quotatation marks is actually from the GAO Report. His remarks follow each point made by the GAO. The best thing to do is to read the entire GAO report. The GAO Reports are not biased and the GAO allows the organisation that is being audited to respond to the criticism that is being made. So you get a good sense of what is going on.
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