Many people (mainly the pro-Airbus camp) on this forum have been claiming that Boeing, and particularly B787 development, is benefiting from Defense project money and thus is unfairly "subsidized".
Well, the article linked below explains how Boeing must keep the development of B787 "clean" from any technology transfer from their military field to prevent infringing the law.
"Federal law prohibits U.S. companies from letting militarily sensitive technical expertise go abroad.
Yet Boeing's entire global manufacturing plan for the 787 hinges on having foreign suppliers build large structures out of advanced composite materials."
""We all underestimated the amount of screening we needed to do" for military technology, said Walt Gillette, head engineer and vice president for airplane development on the 787.
In the months that followed, outside lawyers pored over 1970s-era documents in search of proof that some key manufacturing techniques originated in the commercial business, not in military programs."
"One example: Boeing's B-2 work showed that the plasticized carbon-fiber tape used to make composites can be safely frozen and stored for up to a year — twice as long as previously thought.
That fact is now well-known in the composites industry, yet 787 engineers can't inherit that knowledge from the B-2 program, Gillette said. So they conducted fresh tests to prove a result they already knew.
"It is our clear intent to make sure we comply with the law," Gillette said."
"Boeing can't take the technology-export issue lightly because it previously ran afoul of the restrictions.
Internal documents show the Department of Commerce found export-license irregularities during the 1990s in Boeing's sharing of composites technology with its Japanese partners on the 777, which has a tail made from composites.
Commerce closed that previously undisclosed investigation last year and issued a warning letter to Boeing. Neither the company nor the Commerce Department would discuss details.
And last summer, the State Department prepared civil charges against Boeing alleging 94 violations of the Arms Control Act because the company sold commercial jets without obtaining an export license for a tiny gyrochip that has defense applications."
"Boeing must identify every "little piece of data that came from a military source," Gillette said. "We have to find it, and we have to remove it and replace it with a commercial source of the data.""
Open for discussion.....