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March 11, 2005 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Richard P. "Dick" Godwin, a longtime Bechtel Corp. executive who had a brief and stormy tenure during the Reagan administration as the Defense Department's first undersecretary for procurement, has died. He was 82. Godwin died March 3 in San Rafael, Calif., of complications from progressive supranuclear palsy, a degenerative, Parkinson's-like disease.
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March 11, 2005 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Richard P. "Dick" Godwin, a longtime Bechtel Corp. executive who had a brief and stormy tenure during the Reagan administration as the Defense Department's first undersecretary for procurement, has died. He was 82. Godwin died March 3 in San Rafael, Calif., of complications from progressive supranuclear palsy, a degenerative, Parkinson's-like disease.
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May 28, 1986
Bechtel Group announced a realignment Tuesday in which the two existing operating companies of the San Francisco-based engineering and construction concern will be replaced by five new operating companies. "The needs of tomorrow's engineering and construction business will require greater agility and smaller organizational units," Chairman Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. said in a statement. The new operating companies and their officers are: Bechtel Western Power Corp., Loren G.
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September 24, 1987 | Associated Press
President Reagan, moving quickly to fill a key vacancy in the Pentagon's hierarchy, said Wednesday that he will nominate Robert B. Costello as undersecretary of defense for acquisition. Costello's confirmation hearings before the Senate could prove contentious since he would replace Richard P. Godwin. Godwin resigned earlier this month, voicing exasperation over the Pentagon's bureaucracy and his inability to forge reforms in its purchasing practices.
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September 9, 1987 | United Press International
Richard P. Godwin will quit as the Defense Department's first procurement chief after he lost a dispute within the hierarchy for control over weapons buying, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. Godwin, 65, told Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger last week that he will leave his post as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, a position to which he was appointed 11 months ago, the officials said. He reportedly did not submit a formal letter of resignation.
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June 23, 1988 | Associated Press
Caspar Weinberger's former colleague in private life--brought in to the Pentagon to bring order to the procurement process--says he quit in frustration last fall because Weinberger and President Reagan failed to support his management reforms. "I differ 100% with (Weinberger, the former) secretary of defense, who said the system is fine but we have a few bad apples," said Richard P. Godwin, the former undersecretary of defense for acquisition.
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January 9, 1987 | Associated Press
The system of assuring the quality of weapons purchased by the Defense Department is not as effective as it should be and more effort is needed to improve the process, the General Accounting Office said Thursday. The report by the congressional watchdog agency said more attention should be given to quality assurance, a view endorsed by the Pentagon as part of the report. Sen. Bill Roth (R-Del.
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May 5, 1987 | Associated Press
Two ranking Pentagon officials have challenged the Navy's decision to halt production of the P-3C Orion submarine-hunting plane. They said that it no longer appears that the service can quickly develop a better, affordable replacement. The concerns of the two men, spelled out in an internal memo obtained Monday, prompted Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.) to plan a last-minute effort to reverse congressional backing for the shutdown of the P-3C production line, according to an aide to Wilson.
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September 23, 1987 | KAREN TUMULTY, Times Staff Writer
Richard P. Godwin, who resigned in frustration only a year after taking charge of the Pentagon's scandal-plagued procurement operations, told lawmakers Tuesday that he had felt like "a man who has the steering wheel in his hand but nothing hooked to the rudder." Godwin's resignation last week has brought new calls in Congress for tougher laws and tighter restrictions on military purchasing practices.
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