Boeing's Game: Bid or No Bid?

Its threat to pull out of the renewed Air Force tanker competition with Northrop/EADS could rile up Congresspossibly just what Boeing wants

The high-stakes poker game between Boeing and the Northrop Grumman/EADS alliance to build $35 billion worth of airborne refueling tankers is taking a new and—for Boeing—very risky turn. Boeing says it has "little option" but to pull out of the tanker competition if the Defense Dept. doesn't give it six months to submit proposals for the larger plane with greater fuel capacity sought by the Air Force.

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