The Battle of Assumptions


Donald Nelson had a polite but descriptive name for the war that was being fought last week in Washington. He called it "a failure to agree on assumptions." The assumptions were basic. In their extreme form, they were: an Army assumption that crisis shortages (radar, heavy trucks, bombs) are so great that this is no time to talk about reconversion; an assumption by one wing of WPB that war production is now well over the hump, and it is high time to begin retooling for peace.

Two minor men in WPB last week became...

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