The Price of Unpreparedness, I

The cost of preparedness is high. Last week the U.S. began to learn again that the cost of unpreparedness is far higher.

The Truman Committee turned up what will probably prove to be only the first of many tales of frantic, wasteful Army spending after Pearl Harbor. Lesson One involved $134,000,000 — the cost of the Army's long-secret Canol project for fueling Alaska Highway and air traffic by developing an oilfield in Canada's frozen Northwest near Fort Norman.

James H. Graham, onetime University of Kentucky engineering dean, told the Committee how the whole thing started.

As a World War I friend of...

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