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The Nation

President Reagan, stung by controversy over Pentagon purchases, is expected to announce this week an independent commission to study defense procurement, a White House official said. The chairman of the commission is expected to have “extraordinarily strong credentials” in defense management, said the official, who asked not to be identified. Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger issued a statement saying he “fully supports the concept of a presidential commission.” But a senior defense official said the secretary privately opposes the commission because “it looks like he can’t manage his department.”


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