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Pentagon / Cost Overruns #90524

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jun 25, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Senator Charles Grassley noted having to subpoena Pentagon officials to allow whistle-blower Ernest Fitzgerald to testify in Senate hearing on Defense Department cost overruns; Fitzgerald's analysis of maverick missile costs cited as example of Pentagon system allowing overruns as well as covering them up. [FITZGERALD - explains economy implications of system.] United States Air Force purchase of hammer for several hundred dollars noted another example; details outlined on screen. [Senator Howell HEFLIN - mocks United States Air Force's "program planning" time to purchase hammer.] [FITZGERALD - describes hammer using government jargon.]
REPORTER: Bill Greenwood

Reporter(s):
Greenwood, Bill;
Jennings, Peter
Duration:
00:01:50

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