National Affairs: For God's Sake

Assistant Secretary of War Louis Arthur Johnson, who never misses a chance to dramatize himself and his Army procurement program, last week let the U. S. in on a new aspect of aerial defense. Said he in Chicago (where he addressed the local Association of Commerce): "As we sign the contracts with these [aircraft] manufacturers we are telling them, 'For God's sake, get yourself established inside the country's mountain chains.' "

Important plants now on seaboards and vulnerable to visiting bombers include: Atlantic — Glenn L. Martin, Sikorsky, Seversky, Wright, Pratt & Whitney; Pacific — Douglas, Boeing, Consolidated, Northrop, Lockheed, North American.

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