Officials in the turbulent world of Pentagon acquisition don’t like being boxed in, and Sue Payton, the top USAF procurement official, says she wants to keep both costly strategic airlifter programs alive if for no other reason than to foster lower pricing through competition—or maybe a little desperation—among the contractors. The Air Force isn’t providing funds to keep Boeing’s C-17 production line alive past 2009, though Congress is expected to step in again with supplemental funding, as ...


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