Science: Scientific High Command

In Washington last week, 13 men sat down to plan a history-making project. The men: four admirals, four scientists, three generals, a colonel and, as chairman, Charles E. Wilson, vice chairman of WPB. The project: a permanent scientific high command to prepare the U.S. to defend itself in any future war. It will undertake the first permanent mobilization of scientists in U.S. history.

The project, suggested in TIME'S recent cover story (April 3, see cut) on Dr. Vannevar Bush, director of the war-born Office of Scientific Research and Development, derives from OSRD's extraordinary...

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