Former United Launch Allaicne Vice President Brett Tobey’s recent remarks about competition with SpaceX not only cost him his job, but they have now led to a federal investigation. The Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector posted the following statement on its website:
At the request of the Secretary of Defense, the OIG DoD has opened an investigation regarding assertions made by United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) former Vice-President of Engineering relating to competition for national security space launch and whether contracts to ULA were awarded in accordance with DoD and Federal regulations.
This investigation will include, but is not limited to, site visits, interviews, and documentation review with DoD and ULA personnel.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who has been a fierce critic of ULA, called for the investigation after Tobey’s commented that “bent over backwards” to help ULA compete for launch contracts against rival SpaceX.
ULA has said Tobey’s comments were inaccurate.