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Posted March 26. 2013 1:38PM

Ayotte places nomination on hold over MEADS boondoggle

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AYOTTE PLACES HOLD OVER MEADS — Sen. Kelly Ayotte escalated her campaign against the Medium Extended Air Defense System by placing a hold on a top Pentagon acquisitions nominee last week, POLITICO has learned. The New Hampshire Republican has threatened to delay Alan Estevez’s nomination to be principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics over the missile-defense program, which she says is a wasteful use of taxpayer funds.