Getting Tough?

The Pentagon stops payment

"Nauseating," said Defense Department Spokesman Michael Burch. He was talking about a long list of alleged billing abuses by General Dynamics, the nation's largest military contractor, with $7.2 billion in Pentagon business in 1984. According to testimony before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the company billed the Government for an $18,000 country-club admissions fee, $1,125 worth of jewelry given to then Admiral Hyman Rickover's wife and the charge for boarding a company executive's dog at a kennel. Last week Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger suspended payments of roughly $40 million to General Dynamics for at...

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