GOVERNMENT: Assault on Costs

Air Force Materiel Chief Lieut. General Mark E. Bradley Jr. last week gave a blunt warning to Air Force contractors: "There's too much gold plating and fanciness. I intend to raise hell as long as I am here until I get some action." The action he wanted was to eliminate waste and overcharging in Air Force procurement. Bradley said that $100 million has already been trimmed out of the revived B70 program "by cutting out fancy items that were put in there to do the job just a little better. You can do...

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