Government: Untangled

In the U.S. rearmament program no job is more important than assuring a flow of strategic raw materials. Yet no job has been more thoroughly bungled, chiefly because it has fallen between the stools of at least six different agencies. For example, the Defense Minerals Administration, charged with boosting the prospecting for metals and approving loans for mining companies, was so snarled by red tape that in six months it managed to clear only 50 of 450 applications for tax write-offs and not one of its 500 applications for prospecting loans.

When Mobilization Boss Charlie Wilson heard about the tangle...

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