This has now gone into a total and utter farce. First there’s a competition, from which there’s a clear winner. This is what the USAF wants to have. The winner isn’t an American company, but will create and sustain more American jobs than choosing the American country. So Boeing sues on spurious grounds. Then the Government Accountability Office claws in and states they think the Air Force didn’t select properly. Now when the Air Force is expected to deliver its verdict (taking into account the GAO report), the DoD strips the Air Force of the ability to choose and the politicians will be in charge of deciding which hardware the military is going to have to go to war with. This sounds like a really very bad idea indeed. Of course with the contract valued at $35 billion, there’s understandably a whole host of politicians who want their grubby little hands on some of that action.