Air Force leaders under fire for $50 million contract

April 17, 2008 10:31:32 AM PDT
The Associated Press has learned that a Pentagon investigation scheduled for release this week will be highly critical of Air Force leadership in connection with efforts to steer a $50 million contract. A report compiled by the Defense Department's Inspector General will find that the decision to award a publicity contract for the Air Force's Thunderbirds aerial stunt team did not appear to be a fair and open competition.

Several defense and congressional officials say the report will find that improper influence was used to choose a particular bidder who had ties to a retired general.