Business: The Army Joins Up

One big obstacle to subcontracting has always been the indifference of the Army & Navy procurement officers. The men who sign the contracts preferred to do business with firms they knew, left the little owner of a few lathes out in the cold. Last week it looked as though all that might be changed. Army Ordnance itself was out after the little man.

Major Gen. Charles M. Wesson, Chief of Ordnance, recently directed his 13 district procurement offices to expand their local staffs of civilian engineers and management men, by at least five. Their function: to show small manufacturers how to do...

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