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How does the World Trade Organization impact the domestic aerospace industry?

The U.S. Department of Defense in February 2008 passed over Boeing and awarded a $35 billion contract to build refueling tanker aircraft for the Air Force to Europe's Airbus , working in consortium with Northrup Grumman.  If Boeing had won the contract, an estimated 44,000 jobs would have been generated, including jobs in Washington State and Kansas, as well as thousands of jobs at Boeing subcontractors across the United States. The DOD awarded the contract to Airbus, even though the United States in a WTO suit has accused EU countries of providing Airbus with illegal subsidies that give it an unfair advantage in the global marketplace and the EU has counterclaimed that Washington State and Kansas have given WTO illegal subsidies to Boeing.

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