lol, Boeing would have been picked even if they sold them refurbished Douglas DC-1 planes. It's one of those cases of lobbyism, which was also a net loss for the US aerospace industry.The Problem still would have been there only it would be Airbus getting paid for it.
If the boom had not met USAF specifications they never would have accepted the ones they have or paid for it. If it had been the contractor Boeing would be on the hook for the $55.5 Million. The Problem came about after a review of the specs determined the issue. Because the Boom fit the established design specs the Air Force was at fault.