It’s arguable that no two companies in the US defense industry compete as fiercely as General Atomics, which builds the Predator, and Northrop Grumman, which makes the Global Hawk.
That’s why this obviously mistaken contract award notice today by the US Department of Defense is so beautifully ironic, worthy of my newly-created Typo of the Year trophy. Behold:
General Atomics of San Diego, Calif. is being awarded contract modification for $64,500,000. This action provides for Engineering, manufacturing and development activities in support of the Global Hawk Program. At this time $4,000,000 has been obligated. 303 AESG/PK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity (F33657-01-C-4600, P00222).
Er, that’s Northrop Grumman, right?