From a letter to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger from Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio), July 18:
I am writing to express my total dissatisfaction with your Department's handling of the Larry Korb issue and to question the conduct of Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Shipbuilding and Logistics, Everett Pyatt. . . .
As Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower during the first five years of the Reagan administration, Larry served both his president and his nation in truly laudable fashion. But then Larry left the administration and went to work for Raytheon Corporation. . . .
According to published reports, Mr. Pyatt felt that Mr. Korb was not a sufficiently enthusiastic cheerleader for the administration's defense budget -- and sent a letter to Raytheon saying that "the Navy objects strongly to officers of our contractors, whose salaries are paid in part by the Department of Defense, . . . attacking President Reagan's program."
Since when did employees of defense contractors lose their constitutional right to question the defense budget of a particular administration? . . . There are plenty of taxpayers -- who pay the entire salaries of Mr. Pyatt and the rest of the Department of the Navy -- who strongly object to this kind of harassment. . . .
* The Korb case seems to be part of a pattern of behavior in this administration that I don't like at all. . . . If those who disagree with this administration on defense spending or . . . virtually any other national security policy happen to be members of Congress, the administration questions their patriotism. If they are in the private sector, you apparently are now going after their jobs. This is no way to run a government, and it is certainly no way to protect our Constitution and defend our democracy.