Well, it seems to me that a fine of over $600 million suggests some corruption. It could well be, as you’ve suggested, that what came after reflects the best interests of the Air Force and the American taxpayer, but Boeing’s presence in the procedure continued after two of its executives were sent to prison and the the CFO and CEO either jumped or were pushed from the company.
Of course, you poo-pooed the whole thing with your blithe handwaving argument that “nobody in the industry felt sorry for” Druyun, but the fact is that you used the term “corrupt” yourself to describe what happened on her watch, and it’s also a fact that, no matter how much you might want to focus on one bad apple, shit like this doesn’t happen in the world of government contracting without multiple people from both the government side and the contractor side being in on the deal.
My point was simply that, given the corruption that occured at an earlier stage of the process, a more appropriate penalty would have been not only a fine, but to boot Boeing out of the process altogether. The idea of corporate personhood should extend to this sort of incident as well; the corporate person (Boeing) did something wrong, and should not be allowed to move on just because a few individuals get fired. They shold have been told, “You can no longer be involved in the bid for these tankers.”
Of course, because there are only a handful of companies in the world that can make a tanker like this, that was never going to happen, so the fine becomes little more than another cost of doing business in the world of government contracting.