Boeing workers and company officials now have to ask themselves “what next” after losing the high-stakes competition for the biggest defense contract in American history. Boeing won’t be building the planes it builds now in St. Louis indefintely. The Joint Strike Fighter, to be built by Lockheed Martin, will replace four of today’s fighter planes. Boeing chairman Phil Condit says the company has learned some things from this competition that it can apply to production of other planes, present and future. Boeing expects the government to expand its contract to build the C-17 cargo planes, parts of which are made in St. Louis. And then there’s the unmanned combat aerial vehicle, the U-CAV, which is built in St. Louis. Condit says Boeing was built by people who dreamed about the future, and that has not been changed by the loss of the competition.