EADS in Push for its Air Tankers
The Air Tanker consortium led by EADS is relying on the lobbying concern Politics International to help it land a gigantic contract to suppy in-flight refuelling aircraft to the Royal Air Force. [...]
The US aeronautical company, which moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001, is in both the civil and military sectors, like its European rival Airbus. At the heart of the US defence industry, Boeing has powerful contacts in Capitol Hill and at the White House.
Standards for supply chain management between suppliers and customers in the aeronautics and defense industries, worked out as part of the BoostAero project, constitute the first link in a completely digitized system for world markets. [...]
Since the OECD Convention against bribing foreign officials was signed in 1997, multi-national corporations - and particularly those in the defense industry - have found new ways of legally paying go-betweens and decision-makers in the countries in which they operate. [...]