. . .perhaps this article might help explain things:
Single-bid, no-bid, and sole-source contracts all have their place. But I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of a $670+ million dollar contract being awarded on that basis before – and certainly not to the US subsidiary of a foreign firm with a spotty track record. Hell, even the Angel and Oxcart programs evaluated multiple proposals initially (though Angel was eventually pursued sole-source by another Agency after the USAF rejected it).
However, I also found this:
Interesting. Dunno if there’s a connection, but . . . .
Note: AFU = “All Fouled Up”. But there may be other definitions for the acronym, too. (smile)