Military: Money to Burn

Money to Burn

First came the Air Force's $7,600 coffeepot. Then its $640 toilet-seat cover. And now the Navy's $620 ashtray. The latest embarrassing revelation of outrageous prices for military accessories brought Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger out smoking hot last week. Three officers held responsible for the purchase of seven grotesquely priced ashtrays, including an admiral with 33 years of service, were relieved of their duties, Weinberger announced. The officers, all at the Miramar Naval Air Station near San Diego, did not pay "the slightest attention to the basic idea that the price bore no relationship whatever to the value of the item," Weinberger...

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