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Special Assignment (Defense Spending) #77188

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 02, 1982
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Discrepancy between sagging United States economy and Defense Department's weapons needs examined. [Feb. 19, President REAGAN - is committed to defense spending program.] [Senator Sam NUNN - doesn't feel that strong defense can be built on poor economy base.] Criticism of Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's apparent approach to defense budget noted. [Former Undersecretary Defense Robert KOMER - question's Weinberger's strategy.] Current status of defense budget and influence of USSR on budget discussed. [WEINBERGER - denies major spending thrust.] Projected defense budget graphed on screen; weapons likely scheduled for elimination by Congress listed, described. [KOMER - doesn't feel Weinberger is knowledgeable enough about defense to choose weapons wisely.] [NUNN - questions situation.]
REPORTER: John McWethy

McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Frank

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