Agreed. This would be an excellent test case to have this open to many bidders and see who and how many bids are received. Also, they could split the work in order to keep the winners in constant...
Sole source contracting is what has fouled the DOD procurement forever. When will they learn?
A very important, lesser known fact you did not include is Boeing undertook a very clear disinformation plan concerning a competitor to the A380 when Airbus announced it was considering the plane...
Why are these programs advertised???
Seems idiotic to put what I consider a black program into the public space - Russia and China must think the US is full of attention seeking fools.
This will end up so expensive, why not simply use F-16's???
A proven air frame that is now quite inexpensive.