President Clears Deal For Dubai Company To Make US Military Parts

WHITE HOUSE (AP) - President Bush has approved a deal that lets a Dubai (doo-BY') -owned company take over nine American plants that make parts for the U-S military.

The president's spokesman, Scott McClellan, says a thorough review showed the deal "does not compromise" national security.

The decision comes just weeks after a political firestorm forced another Dubai-owned company to abandon plans to run terminal operations at six U-S ports.

But McClellan says the new deal is a "different situation."

He also notes the company, Dubai Capital International, has signed an agreement providing assurances there'll be no interruption in supply.

The U-S plants involved in the deal make parts for tanks and aircraft -- including turbine blades.