Boeing said today's debriefing by Air Force officials left it with "significant concerns" about the process that awarded a $40 billion tanker...

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Boeing said today’s debriefing by Air Force officials left it with “significant concerns” about the process that awarded a $40 billion tanker contract to a team formed by EADS, the parent of Airbus, and L.A.-based Northrop Grumman.

Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president and program manager of the KC-767 tanker, said, “What is clear now is that reports claiming that the Airbus offering won by a wide margin could not be more inaccurate.”

After several hours of discussion, said McGraw in a prepared statement, “we left the room with significant concerns about the process in several areas, including program requirements related to capabilities, cost and risk; evaluation of the bids and the ultimate decision.”

Boeing said it will take the next few days to evaluate the data presented and will give serious consideration to filing a protest.

“Our plan now is to work through the weekend to come to a decision on our course of action early next week,” said McGraw. “It will be a very rigorous and deliberative process to ensure we’re balancing the needs of the warfighter with our desire to be treated fairly. For decades Boeing has been recognized as a defense company that never takes lightly protests of our customers’ decisions.”