INVESTIGATIONS: Avoiding Temptation

Scandal-starved Washington cocked an expectant ear for a star-spangled shocker when, two months ago, a House subcommittee set out to find out whether retired military officers were being hired by defense contractors to use undue influence on old friends and former colleagues in the Pentagon. Last week the House Armed Services Investigation subcommittee sat down to take testimony, produced only a couple of stars, few spangles, no scandal.

Called before the committee was the Navy's volatile virtuoso. Vice Admiral Hyman Rickover, 59 (see Diplomacy), who only a few months before casually told another committee: "I myself don't get pressured by outsiders,...

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