By Bernard Baruch
American within the battle. A file of the warfare industries board
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AMERICAN INDUSTRY IX THE WAR. 36 Each of the several Government departments was requested to submit a statement of its requirements projected as far in advance as practicable. These statements were received by the Requirements Division where they were discussed from the point of view of their general relations to other requirements and then handed on to the appropriate commodity sections where detailed studies were made and reports sent back to the source of the statements concerning the possibility and means for meeting such requirements.
But the and copper used in the shell involve another set of forces as they are developed from the ore through the processes oi extraction and refinement to the forges. The blast furnaces have to be supplied with coke, Avith lime, and with manganese. They have to be lined with refractory brick. Coke involves mining bituminous coal and passing it through coke ovens. They all involve a large amount of railroad transportation, for the most favored spot on earth does directl}'^, a vast group of industries turned to a steel not contain all the elements for a piece of steel.
To remedy this, the newly organized War Industries Board established a Questionnaire Section in the newly formed Division of Planning and Statistics, and an effort was made to have all Government questionnaires harmonized through this section. Duplications could be avoided and forms could be suggested which would more adequately supply the information desired. As has already been pointed out, the spring of 1918 saw the great manufacturing center of the country north of the Potomac and At the same time east of the Alleghenies completely congested.