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Defense Spending #295283

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 01, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Fort Monroe, Virginia) Waste and inefficiency in defense spending process examined. [Former defense undersecretary Robert KOMER - attributes annual waste to lack of sound unified military advice.] Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger mentioned allegedly rec. such advice from Joint Chiefs of Staff chairperson General John Vessey and associates. [KOMER - claims system doesn't work due to conflicting service strategies.] Exs. of Komer's hypothesis examined. [Senator John TOWER - cites parochial views of each joint chief.] Bureaucratic factors encouraging incompetency among Pentagon advisers explained; frequent replacement of deputy defense secys. thought illustrating situation. Their names listed on screen. [TOWER, Senator William COHEN - acknowledge Congress is part of problem due to pols.] Issue of replacing Navy's F-18 British-made seats with United States manufactured prods. cited; Fort Monroe, Virginia, mentioned as another example [General E.C. MEYER - discusses pol. decisions involved in closing Fort Monroe.] [TOWER - agrees.] [MEYER - comments on amount of increase funds if political decisions weren't involved.]
REPORTER: David Martin

Martin, David;
Rather, Dan

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