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OMB: Air Force Tankers
The OMB has sided with the Senate on language in the fiscal 2005 defense authorization law requiring the Air Force to openly compete for any new purchasing of aerial refueling tankers. House lawmakers asserted that the Air Force can continue its current efforts to acquire 100 tanker aircraft from Boeing.

“OMB said the recently enacted authorization act ‘revokes the authority of the Air Force to lease tanker aircraft, and requires full and open competition in any procurement of tanker aircraft.’"

“Referring to a Nov. 19 letter from Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz to the Senate Armed Services Committee, the White House agency noted that Wolfowitz stated the Pentagon's intention ‘to require competition in any procurement under the new law.’"

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