War Orders and Decentralization

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Distribution of Defense Program Contracts

Because speed has been considered the prime requisite in placing defense contracts, it was inevitable that the bulk of contract awards during the early months of the national defense program should go to areas where manufacturing facilities of the types required to turn out war materials were already in existence.

The predominantly agricultural sections of the Middle West have consequently received a relatively small volume of contracts to date in proportion to their population. On January 15, a Midwest Defense Conference meeting ...

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