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February 19, 2008

Air Force Could Split Tanker Deal, Says Official

Notes Upcoming Decision Is Only For Phase One Of KC-X

In the heated competition between Boeing and a Northrop Grumman/EADS venture for the US Air Force's new aerial tanker contract, both sides -- and the analysts who watch the industry -- have talked about the contract being worth up to $40 billion to the winner, by the time all three phases of acquisition are complete.

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Sources Say: Thursday's The Day For Satellite Shootdown

Allows Time For Second Attempt If First Misses

Thursday's the day. In the interest of allowing as much time as possible should a second attempt be necessary -- and, so there is no risk a misfire would endanger the space shuttle Atlantis -- US Navy officials will reportedly make their first attempt to shoot down a faulty reconnaissance satellite February 21.

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General Fears 'Geriatric' Air Force If Budget Isn't Increased

USAF Wants $20 Billion More Annually Over Five Years

Faced with an aging fleet of aircraft, and reluctance by lawmakers to purchase expensive new fighters, the US Air Force is telling the Bush administration and Congress that deteriorating F-15 fighters are not the only issue it's facing.

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