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Boeing's Audacious Allies

The planemaker's supporters cry foul when it loses a US military contract to a foreign rival, but 70 per cent of its Dreamliner is made overseas.

When is globalization a bad word? To Boeing backers, it's when the competition -- a consortium led by European Aeronautic Defence & Space and Northrop Grumman -- wins the battle for a lucrative US Air Force contract for airborne-refueling planes. Ever since the Air Force announced its decision on Feb. 29, Americans from Seattle to Capitol Hill have railed about lost jobs and the risks of foreign-made military assets.

But what about when Boeing wins a big contract? You don't hear many complaints then, despite the fact that large portions of the parts and labor in its commercial planes come from overseas --70 per cent of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner and 60 per cent of other models are made outside the US. Even many of Boeing's military plan


Added: Mar-11-2008 
By: chkoha
Tags: Boeing, Tanker, EADS, Jobs, Pentagon, Air Force,
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