Quiet efforts by competitors Boeing and Northrop Grumman are already underway to lay the groundwork—including public relations plans—for a protest of a $40-billion contract to build U.S. Air Force refueling tankers that hasn’t even been awarded. This aggressive approach by the two contractors could be an indicator that the age of the bid protest—once rare when disputes were handled quietly—has arrived. And, it isn’t going away. It could also point to an emerging strategy of firms ...


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