August 29, 1988
Thomas E. Muldoon, a key figure in the Pentagon defense procurement probe, admitted in a published report that he paid other consultants for information but insisted the practices being investigated by the FBI have been going on for 20 years. In a copyright story in Connecticut's the Hartford Courant, Muldoon said information he sought for clients was often readily available from government officials, and the companies did not ask where it came from.
July 2, 1988 |
The Pentagon is suspending payments on nine Navy contracts worth more than $1.2 billion because they may have been tainted by bribes paid to a Navy official in exchange for inside information, Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci said Friday. Carlucci, in an unambiguous message to the defense industry that contract corruption will not be tolerated, also said the Pentagon would review all contracts with four major defense contractors--Litton Industries Inc. of Beverly Hills, Hazeltine Corp.
July 1, 1988 |
Norden Systems Inc., a leading candidate for a $120-million contract to build an air command and control system for the Marine Corps, has withdrawn from the competition amid allegations that a consultant for the company improperly obtained information about a competitor's bids, The Times has learned. Norden's withdrawal from the competition for the Advanced Tactical Air Command Control is the first known commercial fallout from the widespread Pentagon weapons buying scandal.
July 1, 1988 |
Federal investigators, relying heavily on an elaborate network of electronic surveillance, said they were able to track step-by-step the activities of private defense consultants as they bought and sold secret information on defense contracts, according to court documents made public Thursday.