When was the President going to give the U. S. defense program an executive head with full executive powers? Franklin Roosevelt's regular Friday morning press conference came & went without definitive answer from the President. Big Bill Knudsen of the National Defense Advisory Commission had set the country ringing with his blast against the weekend "blackout" in U. S. industry, his plea to machine toolmen—management and labor—to speed up because of "terrible urgency."

Friday afternoon the President conferred first with the Secretaries of War and Navy, then with the NDAC. It was...

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