- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin have filed formal protests against the Pentagon’s decision to give the contract for a new stealth bomber to Northrop Grumman.

The Daily Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1MgBlNf ) that after the Defense Department announced the contract last week, Boeing and Lockheed felt the selection process for the $80 billion project was “fundamentally flawed.”

They filed a protest on Friday with the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The companies claimed the selection process failed to properly reward the Boeing-Lockheed team’s proposals to break the trend of ballooning defense program costs.

Northrop Grumman released a statement Friday that defended its bid and the Air Force’s selection process.

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