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National Defense Program
The United States is working on a National Defense program entailing the authorized expenditure of $63,962,100,000. President Roosevelt has requested an additional $7,082,419,046, which, when granted, will bring the total of authorized expenditures to $71,044,519,046.
Expenditures for the current fiscal year (July 1, 1941-June 30, 1942) are expected to reach $18,000,000,000, compared to a forecast of expenditures of $10,811,000,000 when the budget was announced (Jan., 1941). The estimated defense outlay of $18,000,000,000 (announced Oct. 4, 1941 by Harold D. Smith, Director of the Bureau of the Budget) is almost three times that of the preceding fiscal year and breaks down to an expenditure of $135 for every man, woman and child in the United States.
Defense officials, in a report prepared for President Roosevelt, estimated that the United States must spend from $120,000,000 to $150,000,000 in the so-called victory program. Appropriations, contract authorizations and
other commitments total about $58,000,000,000 (July 1, 1940 through Oct. 15, 1941). The United States Treasury has disbursed in that period $10,185,487,712. The Treasury books show that the War Department got about $5,800,000,000 and the Navy $3,600,000,000. Lend-Lease cost, exclusive of large quantities of arms transferred from stocks on hand, accounted for $350,000,000. A special defense fund of the President disbursed another $150,000,000. The administrative expenses of the Selective Service Act reached $26,000,000. The Maritime Commission, Defense Housing Office and others spent the rest.
The Office of Production Management placed September expenditures at $1,347,000,000, an increase of 17.7 per cent over August, but $238,000,000 of this went for pay, subsistence, travel and administrative expenses, leaving a total of $1,109,000,000 as payments on contracts for ships, guns, airplanes and other defense materials and on Lend-Lease shipments. Here is a table of month-by-month spending: Contract Items
191,000,000 | May.
$ 722,000,000 $ 574,000,000 854,000,000 697,000,000 918,000,000 738,000,000 911,000,000 713,000,000 989,000,000 783,000,000
p 1,029,000,000 p 817,000,000 p 1,144,000,000 p
914,000,000 p 1,347,000,000 p 1,109,000,000
The value of defense construction (Sept. 1, 1941) completed, in progress and scheduled amounted to $9,669,867,000, the OPM reported.
Construction valued at $3,444,713,000 was in place. This included completed and semi-completed projects, and represented 36 percent of the defense construction program to date, 64 percent of scheduled construction remaining to be completed or undertaken. Of the work in place on Sept. 1, $543,767,000 or 6 percent of the total program was erected in August.
The milltary program involved construction valued at $4,315,169,000, of which $1,713,409,000, or 40 percent, was in place on Sept. 1. During August, $225,570,000 of the work, or 5 percent, was put in place.
The non-military defense construction program came to $5,354,698,000, of which $1,731,304,000, or 32 percent, was in place. August construction was valued at $318,197,000.
A statement of the authorized program and purchases from June 1, 1940, to the latest reporting date (preliminary) follows:
Commitments for defense plant expansion, June, 1940-Sept. 30, 1941 (In millions)
p $4,122 P 994
**When figures show a decrease from previous figures the difference reflects absorption of foreign contracts by United States Government agencies.
***Includes orders and non-contractual expenses of the British Empire. (p) Preliminary estimate.
The Office of Production Management described | completely modern machines in one year, twelve the status of the defense production program as times the number produced last year. of Nov. 2, 1941, as follows:
In July, 1940, the United States produced 561 milltary planes. In September, 1941, the figure soared to 1,914. Since the start of the expansion program, the Navy has commissioned more fighting ships than in the 14 years between 1922 and 1937. In the 24-month period of 1940-41 the machine tool industry will have produced a new capacity equal to the capacity of all machine tools in existence in all the plants of the country on Jan. 3, 1940. Hundreds of light and medium tanks are rolling off the assembly lines every month. Rifles and machine guns are being produced at the rate of thousands daily. In the Arst nine months of 1941 ordnance equipment increased nearly three times and production of ammunition was stepped up ten times.
The production record follows:
AIRPLANE CONSTRUCTION-The products of America's defense effort are finding their way to the four corners of the globe. Flying Fortresses are no strangers to the Axis skies, while other American planes are looked upon as liberators by the conquered peoples of western Europe. With a few minor setbacks American plane production has increased steadily, as shown in the following table for 1941: January
It has been estimated that engineers spend from 250,000 to 500,000 man-hours at their drafting boards just turning out the designs for a fighter plane, about 3,500 separate drawings are involved, each of which must be blueprinted 15 times. The number of drawings required to put a bomber in production may run as high as 10,000.
The World War pilot flew a single-engined biplane with a horsepower between 360 and 400. His sole companion, seated in the open cockpit to the rear, was a general utility man-observer, gunner and photographer all in one. The operating speed of the plane was 70 to 100 miles an hour, and the bomb load consisted of eight 50-pound bombs strapped like eggs under the wings-a total bomb load of about 400 pounds.
Today's light bomber weighs around 20,000 pounds, about three times the weight of the World War ship in most frequent use. Today's heavy bombers weigh about 44,000 pounds, more than six times heavier than the World War ship. Its bomb load alone, running between 5,000 and 10,000 pounds, is heavier than the gross weight of the World War bomber, and amounts in weight to about one-third of all the bombs dropped by the Germans over London in the World War.
Thus it is obvious that planes cannot be produced 1,331 today simply by appropriating money for them. 1,476 The road from drawing board to the finished 1,460 product is a long and rough one. However, the 1,854 obstacles are being overcome. Of the 1,914 military planes produced in September, the majority were combat, rather than training ships.
Since the Wright brothers flew their first plane, the United States has produced about 75,000 planes. Thus the industry is being asked to produce in one year two-thirds the planes it turned out in 37 years. No other industry has ever been asked to do a job of the same proportions. It is like asking the automobile industry to turn out 53,000,000
During the nine months to Sept., 1941, the production of airplane engines increased by 88 per cent. More than a million horsepower a week is being delivered by manufacturers, an amount sufficient for about 2,000 planes monthly. The following table reveals the increase:
To interpret these figures in terms of actual, planes consider the following: The Flying Fortress, the B-17, now used by Britain for high altitude bombing, has four engines of about 1,400 H.P. each; as much power as a giant locomotive. The Douglas attack bomber, the A20-A, is powered with two 1,400 H.P. engines. The engine of an observation plane ranges from 1,000 to 1,400 H.P., and the Lockheed P-38 pursuit ship has twin engines of 1,125 H.P. each.
Thousands of 20 mm. and 37 mm. cannon are needed for this vast plane program as well as hundreds of thousands of .30 and 50 caliber machine guns. Starting in April there was a sharp rise in production of these weapons and there should be a continued steady increase.
The pilot of the World War Spad fired two and sometimes only one gun forward through the propeller. Today's pursuit ship carries two guns forward and four guns in each wing. At the press of a single trigger the pilot aims and fires a total of nearly 5,000 shots a minute at a single fixed target. These .30 and .50 caliber weapons are in effect heavy guns put into the air. The 30 caliber shells are expended at the rate of 600 a minute, or ten a second, and the .50 caliber at the rate of 400 a minute.
The Supply Priorities and Allocations Board,
taking into consideration the effect of the curtailment of commercial plane construction on the airlines, recently ruled that orders could be accepted for 156 DC-3's, 52 Lockheed Lodestars and 20 DC-4's during 1942 and extending to June, 1943. However, the construction and delivery of the planes are subject to the following provisions: if the Army needs the planes on their completion, it may have them; if their construction interferes with military orders, Army planes are to have the right of way. In addition, the planes are to be built with special reinforced flooring, and with wide doors so they may be immediately adapted to use as military transport planes.
NAVAL AND MERCHANT SHIP CONSTRUCTION-TO guard the seaways for American merchant ships, the United States is constructing the most powerful naval force the world has ever seen. Every vessel authorized by law has been contracted for. On top of the $7,234,262,178 that the Navy will spend on 2,831 ships ordered since Jan. 1, 1940, $460,000,000 has been allocated for the expansion of shipbuilding facilities.
The year 1941 will go down as one of the most notable in the history of the Navy. Two powerful battleships-the Washington and the North Carolina-were added to the battleline while in June
When the war broke out in September, 1939, the United States was much better prepared in the matter of merchant ships than it was when hostilities started in 1914. For instance, delivery rates for 1937-1940 were 25 to 331% per cent above the tonnage delivered from 1912 to 1915. Production scheduled for 1942 will exceed 20 per cent and by 1943 by 40 per cent the actual peak year of 1919. By the end of this year the United States will be turning out a merchant ship a day. During the first 90 days of 1943, 90 ships will be delivered. In the second quarter 146 ships will join the merchant fleet and in the third quarter 154. In the last quarter of 1942 two ships a day-184— will be delivered from American yards. Between last July 1 and the end of 1943, 1,153 ships, totaling 12,410,000 tons, will be placed into operation. Twenty of the new Liberty Fleet are scheduled for Item Increase
The output of combat vehicles, exclusive of tanks, during last August increased 217 percent over the production of December, 1940.
Meanwhile newly constructed chemical powder, T.N.T. shell-loading and small-arms ammunition plants are beginning quantity production. Half of the shell-loading plants started operations before September. All the machine gun plants planned are in actual production.
MACHINE TOOLS-Behind this front of planes, ships, tanks and guns is the production of machine tools by which the nation is made militarily strong. Present schedules for bombers, artillery and other weapons depend on machine tools, the production of which will be increased from $450,000,000 in 1940 to more than $800,000,000 in 1941.
In the twenty-four-month period of 1940-41 the industry will have produced a new machine tool capacity equal to the capacity of all the machine tools in existence in all plants on Jan. 3, 1940.
At the beginning of 1940 it was estimated that the total number of all machine tools in all factories was 930,000. Normal production runs 25,000 a year. But in 1940, 100,000 units were produced and 1941 production is expected to reach 200,000. Thus the productive capacity of the machines produced in those two years will practically equal that of all the tools in the country's plants 20 months ago. Furthermore, it is estimated that the average new machine is more than three times as productive as the average machine in use in January, 1940.
CONSTRUCTION-While men work at their lathes, while soldiers serve in the field and when sailors return to port they must have houses and barracks in which to live. To meet this need the Government has embarked on a tremendous defense construction program that will total $4,200,000,000 in 1941. At the same time non-defense construction will total $7,000,000,000. This combined volume equals the totals reached in each of the two peak years of 1926 and 1927.
The volume of defense construction in 1942 will exceed that of 1941. This is due in part to the
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delivery by the end of 1941. Our shipbuilding industry has had to build up from the bottom, for after World War 1 we stopped building cargo ships. From 1922 to 1935 not a single cargo vessel was built or contracted for in the United States for overseas or foreign trade.
ORDNANCE-Although American tank production is still in its infancy, light and medium tanks are rolling off the assembly lines by the hundreds every month. But tank production is only part of the ordnance picture. Rifles and machine guns are being produced at the rate of a thousands a day. Sixty-three ordnance plants are planned. Of this number about fifty are under construction or completed. Twenty-eight of the plants are in actual production.
Increases in September deliveries of typical items compared with January were as follows: Item
Mortars, 60 mm..
(New type) volume output commenced.
3 times Completed
fact that defense construction got under way slowly in 1941, while the volume for 1942 will start with a high rate of activity.
Close to half the factory construction for $2,035,000,000 worth of Government and British financed defense factories is already complete. Construction on $320,000,000 scheduled to be spent for privately-financed defense factories is about 70 per cent complete.
The record on other defense construction shows close to two-thirds of completion on $1,626,000,000 scheduled to be spent for military housing, and about 20 per cent of completion on $3,000,000,000 scheduled to be spent for defense housing.
Already 42,286 publicly financed homes for defense workers and enlisted personnel have been completed. Federal funds have been allotted for 121,885 homes. Since Jan. 1, 1941, 166,298 FHAinspected privately financed homes have gone into
DEFENSE EXPENDITURES INCREASE-In 1939 defense production represented about 4 per cent of our total civilian production. That is, the value of non-defense production of manufactured goods was 23.7 billion dollars and our defense production 1 billion dollars.
In 1940 we produced $1,400,000,000 in defense goods. Production of manufactured articles for civilian use was $24,800,000,000. For that year defense production was 5.3 per cent of total industrial production.
This year it is estimated that we will produce $8,000,000,000 in defense goods and $27,000,000,000 in non-defense manufactured goods. Defense production will be 22.8 per cent of the total.
In 1942 it is estimated that defense production will be $20,700,000,000, with the value of manufactured civilian goods at $19,800,000,000. Thus defense production is expected to represent 51 per cent of the total industrial production of the year. In 1942 we will be producing something like 15 times the amount of armament that was produced in 1940 and about five times the amount that will be produced this year.
American-Built Tanks Used by Allies in Libya
American-made tanks had their battle baptism in the renewed Allied offensive in Libya (late November, 1941) and were reported to have given an excellent account of their capabilities when pitted against the machines of the Germans and the Italians. The tanks used were of two sizes, the light 13-ton tank and the medium, 28-ton "rolling fortress." Changes had been made by the British to fit them to desert warfare. A general description of the tanks follows:
The 13-ton tanks are built by the American Car and Foundry Co. at Berwick, Pa. They have a cruising speed of 35 miles an hour across country, and a maximum speed on good roads of nearly 70 miles an hour. They are armed with a 37mm.
rapid-fire cannon mounted on a turret so it can cover a full circle, a 50-caliber machine gun, four 30-caliber machine guns and a sub-machine gun. A powerful aircraft type radial air-cooled motor, heavily armored, furnishes driving power.
The 28-ton tanks mainly are manufactured by the Chrysler Tank Arsenal in Detroit. Their cruising speed is 30 miles an hour. They are armed with a 75mm. field piece mounted to the right of the driver, which has a limited forward arc; a 37mm. cannon and a 30-caliber machine gun on a turret, which can sweep a full circle and may be elevated for anti-aircraft work; two 50-caliber and two 30caliber machine guns fired from within the tank, and two sub-machine guns.
Administration of National Defense
The administration of National Defense in the United States is grouped under thirty-five separate divisions, agencies or offices under the President. An unofficial enumeration shows that more than 800,000 employes are at work in these offices, either in Washington or in the field, all concerned with one or more defense problems. The bulk of the personnel is engaged in the War and Navy Departments, which together have an aggregate of 575,000 civilian employes. Another 220,000 employes administer the Selective Service Act and 200,000 of these are unpaid workers in local communities.
The President, as Commander in Chief of the Army and the Navy, is at the top of the defense effort. He has delegated increasing powers to various individuals and organizations but has retained for himself the veto power, contending that under the Constitution he cannot delegate the final responsibility of the Chief Executive. In the special agencies created to meet the problems of defense, key positions are held by the Supply, Priorities and Allocations Board, the Office of Production Management and the Office of Price Administration. The defense organizations below the President are:
Petroleum Coordinator for National DefenseSecretary of the Interior, Harold Ickes. Staff of 220. Engaged in formulating, with governmental agencies, and the oil companies, methods of conserving petroleum for the national defense and increasing supply.
Selective Service System-Brig. Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, director. Staff of 220,000, approximately 20,000 paid employes. In charge of drafting men from the ages of 21 to 27 and physically and mentally fit into Army service.
War Department-Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson. Staff of 316,936. Organizes and equips Army which has grown to approximately 1,600,000
Council of National Defense-Composed of the Secretaries of War, Navy, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce and Labor. Created in 1916 but inactive since 1918. Commission advisory in character but has become inoperative as its functions have been absorbed by new divisions.
Economic Defense Board-Vice President Henry A. Wallace, chairman. Staff of 800. Works under direction of Milo Perkins to develop and coordinate policies, plans and programs designed to protect and strengthen the international economic relations of the United States in the interest of National Defense. Main objective to stop Axis economic penetration in Latin America.
Coordinator of Information-William J. Donovan, coordinator. In charge of United States counter propaganda in Axis territory.
Permanent Joint Board on Defense, United States and Canada-Fiorello H. La Guardia, mayor of New York City, and O. M. Bigger, K. C., cochairman; La Guardia for the United States and Bigger for Canada. Charged with coordinating United States and Canadian defense.
Department of Navy-Secretary Frank Knox. Staff of 260,000 civilians in Washington and the field. Charged with building and arming a twoocean Navy and to patrol the Atlantic in the present emergency.
U. S. Coast Guard-Rear Admiral Russell R. Waesche, commandant. Civilian staff of 5,000. Aids Navy in patrolling the Atlantic and harbors, inspecting foreign ships, requisitioning for foreign vessels on order of the Secretary of the Treasury, operates international ice patrol, provides light house service, valuable to ships and trans-Atlantic bomber flights.
Office of Agricultural Defense Regulations-M. Clifford Townsend, director. Staff of 20. Works with regular employes of the Department of Agriculture in supervising purchases of food and to adjust production and acquisition of these products to meet the demand.
Office of Emergency Management-Wayne Coy, liaison officer. Staff of 23. Clearing house from the President to defense agencies.
Division of Information-Robert W. Horton, chief. Staff of 220. Provides information officers for each of OEM's branches, both in Washington and in the field.
Division of Central Administrative ServicesStaff of 669. Maintains a central budgeting, accounting and fiscal system for OEM and its constituent agencies. Also provides for OEM personnel and office services.
Office of Lend-Lease Administration-Edward R.
Stettinius, Jr., administrator. Staff of 207. Acts for the President in the administration of the Lend-Lease Act. Clears with the Economic Defense Board those lend-lease transactions which in the judgment of the Board affect the economic defense of the United States.
Defense Communications Board-James Lawrence Fly, chairman. Charged with developing a coordinated program for the operation of all forms of communication, especially radio, in the event of the involvement of the United States in the war. Without operating or procurement functions. Has no power of censorship and can take over no facilities. Has no paid personnel or office of its
Division of Transportation-Ralph Budd, commissioner. Staff of 20. Charged with coordinating transportation facilities of the country to meet all defense needs.
Office of Defense Health and Welfare ServicesPaul V. McNutt, director. Staff of 125. A central coordinating agency to formulate and execute plans, policies and programs designed to assure the provision of adequate service of health and welfare to the nation.
National Defense Mediation Board-W. H. Davis, chairman. Staff of 67. A board representative of the public, employers and employes. In any dispute which threatens to obstruct the production or transportation of equipment or materials essential to national defense, the board is authorized to make every reasonable effort to adjust and settle any such controversy by assisting the parties thereto to negotiate agreements; afford means for voluntary arbitration, assist in establishing when desirable to the parties methods for resolving future controversies; investigate issue between employers and employes; request the National Labor Relations Board, in any controversy or dispute relating to the appropriate unit or appropriate representative to be designated for purposes of collective bargaining, to expedite as much as possible the determination of appropriate unit or appropriate representative of the workers.
Supply, Priorities and Allocation Board-Vice President Henry A. Wallace, chairman. Charged with fixing priorities and allocations of the supply of materials, fuel, power and other commodities. It not only apportions the available supply of materials among military, defense-aid, and total civilian needs, but also governs the allocation of supplies among civilian industries.
Office of Civilian Defense-Fiorello H. La Guardia, mayor of New York, director. Staff of 228. Charged with planning and carrying out civilian defense programs for the protection of life and property in the event of an emergency, including the recruitment and training of civilian auxiliaries; also to promote activities designed to sustain the national morale.
Division of Defense Housing Coordination-C. F. Palmer, coordinator. Staff of 224. Has the responsibility of ascertaining amount and character of housing that must be supplied for military and civilian personnel engaged in defense activities and to assure that the lack of adequate housing does not impede the effort. The division builds no houses but works through other governmental and private agencies.
Office for Scientific Research and DevelopmentVannevar Bush, director. Staff of 584. Coordinates and supplements existing government research work on defense projects, mobilizes scientists and equipment from private industry for defense activities and advises the President on scientific problems.
Office of Coordinator of Inter-American AffairsNelson A. Rockefeller, coordinator. Staff of 326. Coordinates all activities designed to improve cultural and commercial relations among the nations of the Western Hemisphere. Seeks to increase United States imports from Latin America and to stop Axis economic penetration in South American countries and to aid these countries in purchasing necessaries in the United States.
Office of Production Management-William S. Knudsen, director-general, and Sidney Hillman, associate director general. Staff of approximately 3,900. Central organization for the production of planes, tanks, ships and other weapons of war, but has no procurement powers and serves Army and Navy in a purely advisory capacity.
Division of Production-W. H. Harrison, director. Staff of 378. Coordinates and assists the Army, Navy and Maritime Commission in mobilizing existing production facilities; provides emergency plants and facilities and expedites in a
general way the production of aircraft, ordnance, ships and tools. The aircraft program, which amounted in the fall of 1941 to $7,000,000,000, is an example of the cooperation of the aircraft branch, the armed services, private manufacturers and Federal financing agencies. Many new plants were built and many were expanded before mass production was possible.
Division of Purchases-Douglas C. McKeachie, director. Staff of 179, mainly purchasing agents in private business. Coordinates the placement of all ir ajor defense orders and contracts and reviews for clearance, prior to the award, all major proposals for the purchase or construction by the War Department or the Navy Department of Materials, articles or equipment needed for defense.
Division of Labor Sidney Hillman, director. Staff of 784. Ascertains labor requirements for national defense; develops programs and coordinates efforts for assuring an adequate and trained labor supply for defense purposes; advises with respect to problems of standards of work and employment in defense industries; assists in the prevention and adjustment of any labor controversies which might retard the defense effort, and advises and collaborates with the other divisions of the Office of Production Management on all matters affecting labor.
Division of Civilian Supply-Leon Henderson, director. Staff of 224. Charged with the responsibility of allocating scarce materials among competing civilian demands; supervises supply pansion to provide for minimum civilian needs and supervises activities of nine branches of industry producing predominantly civilian goods.
Division of Priorities-Donald M. Nelson, director. Staff of 505. Charged with allocation of scarce materials and the issuance of preference ratings. It is the duty of the division to see that a contract with an A-1-a rating is put ahead of a contract with an A-1-b rating.
Division of Materials-W. L. Batt, director. Staff of 393. Responsible for planning and carrying out an integrated program for the supply of raw and semi-finished materials needed in defense produc
tion. Charged with the responsibility of assuring an adequate production and supply of critical and strategic materials. Supervised plans for increasing steel production by 10,000,000 tons.
Division of Contract Distribution-Floyd B. Odlum, director. Staff of 600. Charged with the task of spreading defense work into more and more factories to speed up arms output and to prevent the extinction of small business. Aims to gain the greatest utilization of industrial and labor facilities for defense purposes, to convert into defense production civilian industries which have been hampered by shortages of raw materials, and to create pools of plant equipment from many small firms so that together they may undertake defense work impossible to handle as individuals.
Office of Price Administration-Leon Henderson, administrator. Staff of 983. Charged with preventing inflation through the control of prices Began operation without statutory authority.
Price Operations-J. K. Galbraith, director. Proposes price orders and administers them after they have been promulgated by the Price Administrator. Main task is to prevent inflation by stopping or at least restraining price advances.
Consumer Service-Harriet Elliot, director. Charged with maintaining a civilian standard of living as high as possible "consistent with military defense requirements." Works with other governmental agencies in presenting consumer needs and the viewpoint on problems of price and supply. Maintains a field staff to aid consumers in interpreting the defense program and has a Standards and Needs Section to conserve essential resources of materials, machines and man power; entering into the production of consumer goods by studying the problems of substitution and simplification. Office of Facts and Figures-Archibald MacLeish, director. Formulates programs designed to facilitate a widespread and accurate understanding of the status and progress of the national defense effort and of the defense policies and activities of the Government. Advises with the agencies and departments of the Government concerning the dissemination of this information.
Defense Financial Program (as of Oct. 31, 1941)
There follows a statement of the defense financial program as of Oct. 31, 1941, giving cash, appropriations, contract and tonnage authorizations and Reconstruction Finance Corporation commitments.
Mar. 25, 1940..Treasury and Post Office Departments Appropriation Act, 1941.
Apr. 18, 1940..Independent Offices Appropriations Act, 1941.
May 14, 1940.. Departments of State, Commerce, Justice & Judiciary Appropriation, 1941
June 13, 1940. Military Appropriations Act, 1941.
$16,800,000 5,000,000 2,500,000
June 24, 1940.. War Department Civil Appropriations Act, 1941
June 26, 1940. First Supplemental National Defense Appropriation Act 1941
June 27, 1940.. Second Deficiency Appropriation Act, 1940.
June 28, 1940.. An Act to Expedite National Defense and for other purposes
July 31, 1940..Tennessee Valley Authority
Sept. 9, 1940. Second Supplemental National Defense Appropriation Act, 1941
8, 1940.. Third Supplemental National Defense Appropriation Act, 1941.
6, 1941..Cargo Ships-Construction
Feb. 13, 1941. Military Establishment-Clothing and Equipage-Appropriation.
Mar. 17, 1941. Fourth Supplemental National Defense Appropriation Act, 1941
April 1, 1941..First Deficiency Appropriation Act. 1941..
April 5, 1941.. Independent Offices Act, 1942.
April 5, 1941. Fifth Supplemental National Defense Appropriation Act, 1941.
May 23, 1941..War Department Civil Appropriation Act, 1942.
May 24, 1941. Additional Urgent Deficiency Appropriation Act, 1941
May 31, 1941..Treasury and Post Office Departments Appropriation Act, 1942.
June 28, 1941. Appropriations-Departments of State Justice Judiciary and Commerce
July 1, 1941. Labor-Federal Security Appropriation Act, 1942.
July 3, 1941.. Second Deficiency Appropriation Act, 1941..
Aug. 25, 1941..First Supplemental National Defense Appropriation Act, 1942
July 16, 1941.Appropriation-Tennessee Valley Authority
RFC commitments to Sept. 30, 1941...
1941. Second Supplemental National Defense Appropriation Act, 1942
1941.. Maritime Commission Funds Available, July 1, 1940..
Oct. 28, 1941.. CostAdjustments on Previously Estimated Contract and Tonnage Authorizations, Due to Increased Cost of Materials and Change of Design as of October 31, 1941*.
Total Authorized Defense Program..
Naval and Maritime Commission Contract and Tonnage Authorizations are estimates subject to
President Roosevelt asked Congress (Nov. 17, 1941) for supplemental appropriations of $7,082,419,046 for the Army, Navy and defense housing. If granted they will bring the funds authorized for National Defense to a total of $71,044,519,048.