CongressDaily reported last Friday that a study found that the Pentagon "can safely delay expensive plans to replace its fleet of aerial-refueling planes, contradicting longstanding Air Forces claims." This reinforces the Senate Armed Service's opposition, led by Senator McCain, to the Boeing tanker leasing deal.
One congressional staffer told CD, "The wings are not falling off," referring to common claim by the Air Force that they are.
POGO and McCain examined the sweetheart deal for Boeing and concluded that buying the tankers outright would have been cheaper than leasing them.
This taxpayer ripoff eventually led to a swirl of congressional, media and internal Pentagon scrutiny which led to resignation of Air Force Secretary James Roche and the conviction of two Boeing executives-- Darleen "Dragonlady" Druyun, a former Air Force acquisition official, who admitted to negotiating a job with Boeing while hooking them up; and Michael Sears, Boeing's chief financial officer.
POGO filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request late last year for a copy of the KC-135 Recapitalization Analysis of Alternatives (AoA), but was denied (pdf). The Air Force based this denial because the AoA has classified and proprietary information and is (was?) a draft version.