A new philosophy for stockpiling
Gordon, Donald B.
Hoverland, H. Arthur
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The strategic and critical materials stockpiles of the United States have been developed and employed as a national security measure since they were established in 1946. The program for stock piling has been beset by inefficient organization, stringent control and partisan politics since its beginning. Attempts to correct stockpile problems have been sporadic and generally ineffective. Because of the changing concept of warfare which has made stockpiling of raw materials relatively obsolete, a new and radical approach to revision of the stockpiling program is required. The cost of maintaining $9 billion of stockpile assets is increasing and is an additional reason for revision. This study traces the evolution of stockpiling, discusses principles, objectives and problems involved, and proposes a means for adapting the stockpile to the needs of the times.
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