No ev­i­dence Pen­tagon fa­vored ULA

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

The De­fense De­part­ment’s in­ter­nal watch­dog says it found no ev­i­dence to sup­port an al­le­ga­tion that the Pen­tagon showed fa­voritism to­ward space con­trac­tor United Launch Al­liance.

The of­fice of in­spec­tor gen­eral said Thurs­day that Brett Tobey, a for­mer vice pres­i­dent of en­gi­neer­ing for the Cen­ten­nial-based com­pany, had re­canted the al­le­ga­tion and apol­o­gized.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in March af­ter Arizona Repub­li­can Sen. John McCain cited com­ments Tobey re­port­edly made to stu­dents at the Uni­ver­sity of Colorado. The in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice says Tobey told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he was be­ing dra­matic to hold the stu­dents’ at­ten­tion.

Nei­ther Tobey nor McCain im­me­di­ately re­sponded to a re­quest for com­ment.

United Launch Al­liance, a joint ven­ture of Lock­heed Martin and Boe­ing, puts mil­i­tary and na­tional se­cu­rity satel­lites into or­bit.

The com­pany said it was pleased by the find­ings.

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