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EADS US Tanker Contract in Doubt

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday he planned to reopen a $35 billion competition between Boeing and a team of Northrop Grumman and Europe's EADS to build new aerial refueling tankers.

Gates told reporters the selection process would now be overseen by John Young, the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer, not the Air Force.

He hoped a decision could be reached by the end of the year.