A Letter From The Publisher, May 23, 1977

The Pentagon is not always the labyrinth of secrets that outsiders imagine. For this week's cover story on defense, Correspondents Bruce Nelan and Jerry Hannifin penetrated the maze and found, according to Hannifin, that the military is "one of the most accessible beats in Washington." "It's no bunker filled with manic Strangeloves planning the next war," says Nelan. "It's really like any other big company, except that its business is national security. People stop to chat in the halls, and the doors of the brass are open."

Nelan attributes the Pentagon's new candor to...

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