Wait Until March

Before he quit this week, Munitions Board Chairman Hubert E. Howard (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS) gave a terse summary of the state of industrial mobilization. Said he: "We have programed practically every nickel that Congress has voted . . . [Out of] the $30 billion Congress is voting for defense, some $14 billion is going for hard goods—guns, tanks, planes, electronics, etc. . . . The guys who are going to have to make the stuff know what is expected of them."

Actually it was not quite that simple. Many a U.S. manufacturer was...

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