Boeing acknowledges that it overreached in trying to innovate technology and manufacturing procedures for the 787 Dreamliner, contributing to a costly, three-year delay. "We made too many changes at the same time -- new technology, new design tools and a change in the supply chain -- and thus outran our ability to manage it effectively for a period of time," Boeing said in response to questions posed by Reuters. The company said it plans to bring more design work in-house, though it stands by its global manufacturing network, which helps keep it competitive with global rivals.

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