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Unnecessary and extraordinarily expensive, the once-green-lit controversial KC-X midair refueling tanker program has stalled, according to the Pentagon. Any movement on the $40 billion contract to purchase new Air Force tankers will have to wait for the next U.S. administration, a clear sign that military-industrial complex spending is an institutional, rather than administrative, problem.

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Boeing has friends in high places, as evidenced by the congressional Government Accountability Office siding Wednesday with the US aviation giant in a protest against a multibillion-dollar refueling tanker contract that was awarded earlier this year to a U-Europe team .

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