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Pentagon opens probe into allegations against McCain, Musk

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 Ukshep    21,431

The Department of Defense's Inspector General has launched an investigation into accusations by a top United Launch Alliance executive that Senator John McCain was working with Elon Musk to outlaw a Russian rocket engine that he views as his company's competition.

Last week, ULA Engineering Vice President Brett Tobey resigned after it became public that he had accused McCain of teaming up with the SpaceX founder to ban the imported RD-180 engine that is used to power ULA's Atlas V launch vehicles. ULA, a collaboration of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, and SpaceX are competing for Pentagon business following the certification of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for military space launches.

"At the request of the Secretary of Defense, the OIG DoD has opened an investigation regarding assertions made by United Launch Alliance's (ULA) former Vice-President of Engineering relating to competition for national security space launch and whether contracts to ULA were awarded in accordance with DoD and Federal regulations," according to a March 22 DoD IG memo to the Air Force secretary. "This investigation will include, but is not limited to, site visits, interviews, and documentation review with DoD and ULA personnel."

Audio obtained by Space News captured Tobey making the accusations during a presentation in mid-March at the University of Colorado.


Always nice to see corrupt politicians getting f***ed like they f*** us

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Ok yeah most of our leaders are traitors, it must be a publicity stunt to mke it look like they'd actually police themselves.  But with liberals in power, it is an absolute joke as it is a way to remove political pundits.

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