ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 05, 1984
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(Studio) Pentagon recalled recently announcing appointed of "spare parts chief" to monitor wasteful spending.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(DC) Cost of maintaining Pentagon's C-130 and C-141 transport planes used in such exercises as invasion of Grenada outlined on screen; United States Air Force sale of allegedly unusable spare parts to public at a loss examined. [Equipment specialist Norman JONES - notes amount of usable aircraft parts discovered in warehse. awaiting sale as surplus.] Exs. concerning C-141 and C-130 outlined on screen. [JONES - notes allegedly unusable items had never been opened since shipment by contractor.] Outcome of United States Air Force audit of surplus yard described. [Assistant defense secretary Dr. Lawrence KORB - comments.] (Local commercial flashed on screen.) United States Air Force freeze on sale of surplus items noted. [Lieutenant General Leo MARQUEZ - has extended freeze period.] Pentagon reported include Army, Navy and Marines in freeze. [MARQUEZ - thinks freeze has been effective.] Senator's discovery of freeze's ineffectualness described. [Senator investigator Kris KOLESNIK - claims surplusing is still occurring despite freeze.] Kolesnik's evidence shown. [KOLESNIK - describes his findings.] [MARQUEZ - acknowledges Kolesnik's findings.] Network's similar findings and United States Air Force's response noted. [Senator Chas. GRASSLEY - mocks freeze.] General Accounting Office reported currently investigating; current status of freeze outlined.
REPORTER: Peter Lance
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