The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 31, 1985 · Page 34
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The Salina Journal Sunday, March 31, 1985 Page 35 Military scandals harmful to administration -EVERYBUNNY LOVES... WASHINGTON (AP) - A top Pentagon official says a new round of scandals in purchasing weapons has hurt the Reagan administration's effort to win public support for higher defense budgets. Pentagon officials are alarmed by what Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger has called continuing "horror stories" about $640 toilet seats, $437 hammers, weapons that don't work, and revelations that contractors have billed the government for everything from political contributions to gift cookbooks. Air Force Secretary Verne Orr said Thursday, "National support for building military strength has been severely battered by public perception that we pay too much for the goods and services we acquire." Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., a long-time Pentagon supporter, said the way the Pentagon buys weapons "is the weakest link in our whole (defense) program." The recent crackdown, termed a "get tough" policy by Pentagon spokesman Michael Burch, comes as the administration is lobbying for congressional and public support of its request to increase Pentagon spending. Recent polls have shown decreasing support for a larger defense budget. Orr's comment came as he announced the Air Force is demanding that General Electric and Pratt & Whitney return $208 million he contends were excess profits. In other developments recently: • The Pentagon last week temporarily banned General Electric, the nation's fourth-largest defense contractor, from bidding on new projects after GE was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly defrauding the government of $800,000 on a contract for a nuclear warhead system. Such a ban is the toughest stricture the Pentagon has against contractors, and Pentagon officials say GE is the largest firm ever hit with such a ban. • The Pentagon halted overhead, or administrative, payments to General Dynamics, the nation's biggest defense company, after what Burch termed the company's "nauseating" explanation of its request to the Pentagon to pay for millions of dollars of overhead costs. Those bills included $120 worth of Christmas gift cookbooks, a bed, political contributions, and other gifts. General Dynamics last week withdrew $23 million of the $170 million in claims but still faces several investigations of its business methods. • It was revealed that Boeing ended up billing the Pentagon for the same total amount, $557,500, for a number of tools and other items. Last summer, after reports that Boeing planned to to charge the Air Force $748 for two pliers, Boeing said it would drop the price to $90. But other parts of the bill were raised, leaving the total unchanged. • Boeing withdrew a claim for $61,075 in political contributions to candidates after the bill to the Pentagon was publicly revealed. • Navy Secretary John Lehman said the service would fight McDonnell Douglas' attempt to be reimbursed for more than $24 million in legal fees in a private court battle with Northrop Corp. over the FA-18 jet fighter. Those revelations have come atop two years of stories about high prices for spare parts such as the $437 hammer or the $7,600 coffe maker, along with problems with various weapons systems like the series of test failures of the Army's new Divad gun. Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Texas, the chairman of the House Government Operations Committee, called the Pentagon's new policies "paperwork, hogwash and cosmetics." "There's no real attempt to solve the problem. That's the pattern," complained Brooks. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and chairman of one of the House committees investigating General Dynamics, called Weinberger's suspension of overhead payments "a good first step" but said much more needs to be done. ;, r+ OUR EASTER TREATS! RUSSELL STOVER Chocolate Treats^and new peanut butter eggs. / K A Stuffed Lambs, Duck & Bunnies by Gund and Dakin Easter Balloons $ 2.50 Hallmark Easter Cards and Gifts for Everybunny CARROLL'S HALLMARK 200 S. Santa Fe 827-2907 Reagan defends contra support WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan on Saturday gave a staunch defense of his support for the rebels battling the leftist government of Nicaragua, saying such aid is "morally right and intimately linked to our own security." The president, in his weekly radio address from the presiden- tial retreat in Camp David, Md., warned of a "Soviet-Cuban-Nicaraguan plan." Rep. Bill Alexander, D-Ark., giving the Democratic response to Reagan's address, accused the president of "supporting guerrilla groups intent on the violent overthrow" of the Nicaraguan government. House torn apart from intense, decade-old MX missile battle il GERMANY, AUSTRIA and SWITZERLAND July 18-31 $1472 per person, double-occupancy Hosted from Wichita Two weeks to Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy and Austria. Includes air, hotel, tours and most meals. Escorted by Dorothy Goering TRAYLOR TRAVEL !825-0537 Next to Planter's Bank Salina, Ks 126 N. Santa Fe WASHINGTON (AP) - As the House debate on the MX missile wound down last week, Rep. Vic Fazio, D-Calif., said the decade-old fight over funding for the weapon "has torn this body apart as no issue has in the last decade." "Yet we are like two tired fighters going through the motions in the late rounds," Fazio said. "We are saying our lines with less and less fervor, because I believe like those fighters hanging on kind of punch drunk, we want this all to end." The MX battle did end with the Senate and House narrowly giving President Reagan authority to spend $1.5 billion for an additional 21 MXs, each designed to carry 10 powerful warheads against Soviet targets 6,000 miles away. But Fazio's closing comment shortly before he cast a pro-MX vote echoed a belief held not only among Democrats, but many senior Republicans as well. "Enough is enough," he said. While the MX gave Reagan his first major national security victory of 1985 on Capitol Hill, there is a growing belief among those on both sides of the fight that it may also be his last. "The president spent all of his po- litical capital on the MX and he can't get it back," said Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., a vocal foe of the missile. 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