Good News is Bad News?

Storm warnings flew from the War Department last week. If the final figures of June arms production are no better than the preliminary estimates, the U.S. may soon be shocked by news for which it is wholly unprepared: there is a crisis in war production—a crisis rooted in home-front troubles.

May's production of matériel for the Army Ground Forces was below expectations, but not necessarily alarming—3½% below April, 5½% below the goals (TIME, June 28). Lieut. General Brehon B. Somervell, commanding the Army Service Forces, called this drop "serious." But indications...

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