Under South Korean defense acquisition rules, every contender in an equipment competition must offer to transfer technology or provide work for local industry. But if the defense ministry does not want to pay a premium for that service, it has a simple solution: It does not hold a competition. That is what the ministry’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) will do in the case of the country’s requirement for maritime patrollers. Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon has ...

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