"The Air Force's short-sighted decision to place the future of America's aerospace industry and national security in the hands of an illegally subsidized foreign competitor is simply wrong for America.
"After careful and serious deliberation, Boeing has also concluded that the Air Force's process was flawed and resulted in the wrong decision for our warfighters.
"Since their beginnings as a small company in Seattle, Boeing has never once protested a contract decision. But the concerns raised by the Air Force's debrief have led them to today's action.
"It is my hope that the GAO moves forward with its review in a thorough manner.
"I also believe it is Congress' duty to continue to look into the ramifications of the Air Force's decision for America's national security and economic strength."