Too Tough?

The National Production Authority, which had imposed a sweeping Defense Order (DO) priority system only two weeks ago to make sure that there would be enough steel for arms orders, last week decided that it had acted too hastily. It relaxed the order. NPA feared that the hazy DO system would overload some companies with arms orders, thus delay deliveries, and bring spotty civilian shortages. To spread the load more evenly, NPA announced that no company need accept DO priorities in any one month for more than 15% of its carbon steel capacity, or 25% of its special alloy steel.

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