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Pentagon's research chief returning to private life

Dr. Richard D. DeLauer is resigning as undersecretary of defense for research and engineering to return to private business, the Defense Department announced Thursday.

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Mr. DeLauer, one of the top three civilian executives under Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger, will leave Friday, spokesman Michael Burch said, adding that DeLauer's decision was a personal one and that ''no big shake-up'' of the higher echelons at the Pentagon is expected.