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Refueling Tanker Program: This Time the Air Force Means Business

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006

With respect to the U.S. Air Force's program to replace its aging aerial refueling tankers, it may be time to expect the unexpected: that this big acquisition program may proceed hereafter without a major hitch.

Sheer necessity may make it so, according to a defense analyst who has spoken with senior Air Force officials about the program. That driving necessity: "They do not have the money to keep this competition going" indefinitely, said Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute, an Arlington, Va.-based think tank. ...

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