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(Studio: Dan Rather) Navy Secretary James Webb reported resigning and denouncing of Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci's budget cuts and leadership Report introduced.
(DC: David Martin) Webb's resignation featured. [WEBB - says disagrees with budget cuts.] Ships being removed from active service reported causing Carlucci-Webb disagreement. Unpopularity of Carlucci's decision noted. [Ex-Navy Secretary John LEHMAN - says USSR won't be reducing its navy.] Webb's letter to President Reagan quoted. [WEBB - comments on Carlucci.] [Senator James EXON - says Webb acted correctly by resigning.] [Senator Carl LEVIN - praises Carlucci.] Webb's "Fields of Fire" and reporter position covering Marines in Beirut, Lebanon, discussed. Webb noted not well-suited to Pentagon duties. Carlucci aides quoted. White House aide William Ball reported replacing Webb.
- Martin, David;
- Rather, Dan
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