A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 11, 1974

"The Defense Department has been described as the most difficult beat in town," says Washington Correspondent Joseph Kane, 37, who did much of the reporting for this week's cover story. "The Pentagon can easily mask embarrassment in the shroud of national security. Moreover, with greater speed and efficiency than any other department, it seems to be able to spread the word amongst its 25,000 employees to clam up tight when something touchy captures a reporter's eye." In the eleven months that Kane has been covering Defense, there have been numerous sensitive issues for...

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