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Defense Spokesman to Quit, Take Post With Arms Firm

United Press International

Defense Department spokesman Michael Burch will resign June 21 to become a vice president of the McDonnell Douglas Corp., the nation’s largest defense contractor in 1984, Pentagon officials said today.

Burch, 45, was appointed assistant defense secretary for public affairs in September, 1983, to replace Henry Catto, who resigned. As an Air Force lieutenant colonel, Burch had been Catto’s military assistant.

Pentagon officials said Burch is resigning for financial reasons and will remain in the Washington area to head McDonnell’s communications and aerospace activities. Last year the company did $7.6 billion worth of business with the government.

A successor to Burch has been chosen, but Pentagon officials refused to identify him.

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