MANPOWER: The Last Bottleneck

The manpower shortage — the last, most punishing shortage operating against U.S.

war production — is now apparently just another busted bottleneck. This big news was the meaning of many little items of seemingly unrelated news last week.

The Stages. The U.S. war effort went convulsively through these stages: blueprints, tooling up, materials shortages, manpower shortages. At the start there were not enough good plans in any detailed blueprint form for war production. Then came the tooling-up phase, when the U.S.

had to make the tools with which to build the machines which would...

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