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Just when you thought that the lunacy of the USAF tanker procurement could not get any worse, the Wall Street Journal reports that the latest offer could be a US-buiilt version of the Ilyushin Il-96. The report quotes a Pentagon spokeswoman: "The Department of Defense remains committed to a fair and open competition and welcomes proposals from all qualified offerors." The quote is not entirely accurate. Ares can exclusively report the Air Force's initial response:
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