A recent deal struck in the U.S. Congress to continue funding development of an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, despite objections from President Barack Obama and a vote by the Senate to kill it, was a great victory for General Electric Co. Last week, EADS N.V. tapped the man who runs GE Aviation’s Washington operation, former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, to fill a key post as it gears up with partner Northrop Grumman Corp. to battle Boeing Co.—again—for the U.S. Air ...

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