Reported by Chicago Tribune
Congressional investigators upheld Boeing's protest of a $35 billion Air Force contract awarded to Northrop Grumman and Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence and Space.
SO WHAT?: The GAO decision puts big pressure on the Air Force to reopen the contract for 179 refueling tankers and could pave the way for Boeing to capture part or all of an award that could eventually worth up to $100 billion.
NEXT STEPS: The Air Force has 60 days to inform the GAO how it will respond to the recommendations. Congress is likely to take up legislation requiring a new tanker competition if the service does not reopen the process.