Business: Impossible Mess?

For all of the Munitions Board's optimism (see above), there was still a question as to how swiftly and smoothly the U.S. could mobilize in an emergency. Last week, as Congress was winding up work on the Defense Production bill, which blueprints such a mobilization along with necessary controls, the New York Times's military pundit Hanson Baldwin sourly commented: "Our economic mobilization agencies may well become a cluttered and administratively impossible mess."

The defense bill provides for no such industrial czars as WPB's Donald M. Nelson in World War II.-Power will be placed in the hands of regular Government departments, and the...

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