At a pre-air show briefing for journalists in Paris, EADS leaders presented a graphic that would suggest the Pentagon owes them a big favor. In the 2008 competition for the U.S. Air Force's tanker contract, Boeing bid $42 billion. When the program was re-competed, Boeing's ultimately successful bid came in at $31.5 billion. The not-so-subtle implication: EADS's decision not to pull out of the tanker competition last year after U.S. partner Northrop Grumman quit will save U.S. taxpayers more ...
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