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Pentagon Reopens Air Tanker Deal

By AP/KWMU

Washington, DC – The Pentagon dealt a blow to Boeing Monday when it said it will reopen a controversial deal to supply refueling tankers to the Air Force, with the goal of allowing more competition.

Congress recently killed part of the deal in response to a scandal centering on a former Air Force official who admitted giving special treatment to Boeing. The contract was worth $23 billion and the official, Darleen Druyun, was later hired as a top executive at Boeing.

Pentagon officials say they're studying alternatives about how to open the contract to competition.

Boeing says it respects the Pentagon's decision and looks forward to the competition.

European rival Airbus is expected to be the main competitor for the tanker deal.

Druyun pleaded guilty on felony charges and was sentenced to nine months in prison.

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