Decentralization at Last

Thoughtful businessmen breathed a profound sigh of relief. Industrial mobilization took the first real step away from Washington, rather than toward it, since World War II began. WPB began to decentralize itself. This blessed portent was part of WPB's shift in emphasis from expansion-for-later to production-with-what-we-have-now. The present U.S. war plant is already devouring raw materials faster than they can be mined. Therefore, Washington's No. 1 job is no longer production, or conversion, or contract-letting, but raw-materials flow. So WPB began to strip itself down to that job. James S.


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