Boeing wanted more time and Wednesday got its wish. The Pentagon delayed a decision on who will build the Air Force's new refueling tanker until next year. That means the 35 billion dollar decision will be made after President Bush leaves office.
The new administration will choose who gets the tanker contract. Remember, the president makes a number of political appointments including the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Air Force.
Some are speculating whether an Obama or McCain presidency would favor one company over the other.
Both candidates say if elected they'll make sure it's a fair process. After seven years of controversy, the current Secretary of Defense says delaying the decision is the right move.
"I believe that the resulting cooling-off period will allow the next administration to review objectively the military requirements and craft a new acquisition strategy for the KC-X as it sees fit," said Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.