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Northrop Grumman CEO Defends Air Force Deal

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Northrop Grumman CEO Defends Air Force Deal

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Northrop Grumman CEO Defends Air Force Deal

Northrop Grumman CEO Defends Air Force Deal

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The Air Force awarded one of its largest-ever contracts in February to Northrop Grumman and its European partner, EADS. Then controversy erupted. Now Boeing is trying to get the Government Accountability Office to overturn the contract.

Steve Inskeep talks to Ronald Sugar, Northrop Grumman CEO, about the company's deal to build a $40 billion next-generation supertanker aircraft.

Sugar says Boeing's protest that its smaller plane could use more airfields than EADS' aircraft is an oversimplification. He also says both companies' aircraft contain "foreign content."

"There has been tremendous misinformation spread in the media and, frankly, also spread to members of Congress," he says.

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