The Military: Downgrading a Whistle Blower

The Pentagon has long been tough on employees who publicly challenge its way of doing business. While working in the Penta gon's Program Analysis and Evaluation (P A & E) office, Franklin ("Chuck") Spinney (TIME, March 7, 1983) earned the ire of his superiors with reports on how the military routinely underestimates the costs and overrates the effectiveness of high-technology weaponry.

Spinney has been given a mediocre rating ("fully successful," Pentagonese for soso) on his civil service evaluation, which could sink his chances for a promotion or a pay raise. His supporters charge...

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