Reports trickling out of Russia last week said that Stalin had taken three steps on the atomic bomb:
¶ He told Scientist Peter Kapitza to "build whatever you need" for basic atomic research.
¶ He assigned Pavel Sidorovich Maltzev, an engineer, to take charge of research on manufacturing problems which would be encountered later. Maltzev would have the help of 34 German scientists.
¶ He ordered Lazar M. Kaganovich, chief of Soviet heavy industry, to develop an atomic bomb in two years, a defense against it in six months.
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