CIVILIAN DEFENSE: Barely Time to Duck

A lot of anxious and perplexed U.S. citizens trooped to Washington last week. They were civilian defense directors of many states, mayors representing some 60 million Americans, leaders of women's groups. They had been summoned to the capital to discuss plans for civilian defense if their communities should be hit by atom bombs. They were met by NSRB Chairman W. Stuart Symington and his brother-in-law, James J. Wadsworth, who is acting federal director of civilian defense.

Symington confronted them with a long, worried face. He had experienced part of the London blitz, he said, but he had never lost...

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