His spectacles far down on his nose, pug-faced Under Secretary of War Robert Porter Patterson sat before the Senate Defense Investigating Committee. The Under Secretary was reporting what the War Department had done in national defense during the last twelve months—the score of the first period in a deadly serious game.

Mr. Patterson's report sounded like a tremendous accomplishment. To a nation loath to drop its peacetime preoccupations with permanent-wave machines and shiny new automobiles for the grim business of arming for war, it was a tremendous accomplishment. But it was not enough....

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