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Pentagon Delays Decision on Boeing Tanker Deal

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Pentagon Delays Decision on Boeing Tanker Deal

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Pentagon Delays Decision on Boeing Tanker Deal

Pentagon Delays Decision on Boeing Tanker Deal

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Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld decides to delay, for at least six months, a decision on whether to keep a controversial deal to purchase 100 refueling tankers from Boeing. Critics say the $23.5 billion contract is too costly and argue the Air Force doesn't need the tankers immediately. A report from the Pentagon's inspector general questioned whether the tankers are fit for combat duty. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.