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July 21, 1988 | GLENN F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
During John F. Lehman Jr.'s watch as secretary, the Navy discarded its traditional reliance on single contractors to provide everything from torpedoes to aircraft carriers. Instead, the system pitted contractor against contractor on the theory that cutthroat competition would translate into lower costs. By all accounts, it did. But, with multibillion-dollar contracts at stake, weapons suppliers began grasping for any advantage they could get, including friends in high places in the Navy.
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July 21, 1988 | GLENN F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
During John F. Lehman Jr.'s watch as secretary, the Navy discarded its traditional reliance on single contractors to provide everything from torpedoes to aircraft carriers. Instead, the system pitted contractor against contractor on the theory that cutthroat competition would translate into lower costs. By all accounts, it did. But, with multibillion-dollar contracts at stake, weapons suppliers began grasping for any advantage they could get, including friends in high places in the Navy.
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