Stop me if you have heard this one before: the U.S. Air Force considers or awards a high-profile aircraft program to an industry team whose marquee player is a foreign manufacturer. Their U.S. competitor protests loudly. The program stops. International hackles are raised. And military personnel are left waiting for equipment they sorely need. You have heard this before, of course. Remember the decade-long KC-X tanker duel? Remember the original combat-search-and-rescue helicopter ...


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