Facts at Last

The new Supply Priorities & Allocations Board did something last week which, if done sooner, would have saved the U.S. defense program months of bewilderment, bogglement and bickering. To its executive director, Donald Nelson, it assigned the all-important, first-things-first task of drawing up a program blueprint.

Nelson's survey will be designed to answer two questions which—though elementary—have never been answered before: 1) What does the U.S. have to produce to defend itself, to aid Britain, China, Russia and Latin America, and to satisfy its own minimum civilian needs at the same time? 2) How much does this represent in...

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