A new report circulating in Washington is stirring unease by warning that the US remains ''almost totally unprepared to deal with disruptions in oil imports.''Skip to next paragraph
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The assessment, made by the General Accounting Office, was reached before the Sadat assassination renewed concern about Middle East stability. The GAO study found disruptions in oil supplies ''pose a significant threat to national security (requiring) immediate attention.'' The controversy over AWACS sales to the Saudis, as well as continuing concerns over developments in Iran and Libya, make the GAO findings all the more serious.
During today's relatively soft oil markets, the congressional watchdog agency says, ''The government would be short-sighted if it let this opportunity to develop effective oil emergency preparedness programs pass.''