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Special Assignment (Defense Budget) #71449

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 06, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Reagan administration's call for incrd. defense budget outlined; implied message to USSR noted. Criticism of program examined. [Senators John TOWER, Gary HART - debate budget increases] Reagan's desire for Navy's growth discussed; final costs of nuclear aircraft carrier outlined on screen as ex. [Deputy defense secretary Frank CARLUCCI - says everything in defense is expensive.] Controversy surrounding B-1 bomber program, canceled by Jimmy Carter, examined. [Former undersecretary defense Robert KOMER - thinks B-1 is waste of money.] Army television commercial shown; services' recruiting goal problems and call for resumption of draft mentioned. Debate over rapid deployment force outlined. [CARLUCCI - comments on idea of well-thought-out strategy.]
REPORTER: John McWethy

McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Frank

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