The new proposed bid requests aren't even out yet for the Air Force's refueling tanker, but you can already bet on a protest if the $35 billion contract once again goes to Northrop Grumman/EADS.
Boeing's political supporters today previewed a new strategy to win the contract for Boeing's manufacturing sites in Washington and Kansas. They stood in front of the Boeing Tanker Trailer, parked outside the U.S. Capitol, to make it clear they expect a "fair" competition.
Apparently, the competition won't be "fair" if the Air Force and the Pentagon ignore the reported preliminary finding by the World Trade Organization that at least some Airbus planes have benefited illegally from subsidies.
So far, the military says it sees no need to change its upcoming request for bids because of the WTO decision.
Au contraire, says the pro-Boeing group, which is going on the offensive early and hard. Hear them hammer home the theme of fairness in soundbite after soundbite-you can see where this is going if Boeing doesn't win.