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Contracting officer's new job raises questions

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McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A new private-sector job for a former Air Force official has raised questions about a multibillion-dollar contract for military rocket launches.

Roger "Scott" Correll was a key figure in the Air Force's decision to award the massive contract to a joint venture controlled by the nation's two biggest weapons contractors — Chicago-based Boeing and Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp.

Now Correll has taken a job as vice president of the company that supplies the rocket engines under the contract.

A would-be competitor, Elon Musk, CEO of the company SpaceX, is crying foul. Musk sent a series of tweets Thursday calling attention to Correll's new job and questioning its timing.

Aerojet Rocketdyne, the company that hired Correll, says the hiring was reviewed and cleared by the Air Force.

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