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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 6, June 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date June 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript - •-*• -Wide World Photo Moscow construction workers Where Is the Soviet Sandia? (>. The Muscovites have, of course, resolved to try to el" something eil»nii their own mess. In August 1952 the) promulgated Plan V, Focusing on goals set for 1955. Vccording to the editors uf Fortune. ". . . weaknesses notwithstanding, Plan V makes the Soviel I n- ion a growing military menace to the West."12 This sounds a bil anticlimactic to ears accustomed to the imagined thunder of Soviel atomic tests three years before Plan V was announced. Let us nol minimize, however, the Soviet potential. Lei us miller minimize it nor maximize it. Let's try to make some reasoned assumptions aboul it. The // orld llmanac for 1953 makes the following summary statemenl eilmul Plan V: "The plein. aiming eil increased output in nearly every field, sel a 10 to 12 per cent yearly increase in average production to attain ei general rise of aboul 70 per cent in 1955 over 1951). Fulfillment of tlie 1955 goals would make the Soviel Union about one-half as productive as the U.S. weis in 1951."" But this means tlieit total industry in the Soviel 1 nion in 1919. when we firsl heard e.l ein atomic explosion there, must have been equivalent to something between a fourth and ei third of U.S. industry of lln' same <f;it,-. In view of ihe historic vicissitudes we have just briefly run over, there seems little reason to argue for a higher <sii- male* of Soviel capacity lliem this call il 'eil per cent of I .S. capacity. This al the time- when the) allegedl) made an V-bomb. So far. then, this: (Continued from Page 38) \ broad-scale measuremenl of Rus- ian industry againsl "Vmerican does not, of course, reveal whether the Soviets are or are nol capable of manufacturing em atomic bomb; bul il does reveal, decidedly, a situation where various conjectures are legitimate, where only a crackpot ran be sure either way, and where onlv an ax-grinder will pretend to be sure either way. I nless, "I course, he has positive intelligence not available to the public. We cannot argue againsl the [-know-things-I-am-not-at- liberty-to-reveal line. Bul ihi— is where we came in on the llein\ Truman story. He knew things he was nut at liberty to reveal. Down to Januan 20. 1953, he was supposed lee know more than anyone else, ll seems improbable thai by January 27 he had Forgotten everything, or thai Presidenl Eisenhower (tied up al leasl pari of the time by the inaugural ceremonies einel festivities) had learned everything. No, the argument from authority is a dead duck. We will reason as lie-si we ran concerning probabilities. THE LIVE ISSUE Now. let's focus a leii more sharply on the essential problem. The question lhat counts is not, literally, Do the lln- sians have em V-bomb? but, Do the Russians have em atomic energy projeel eel significant scope and efficiency? Pul otherwise, we will not agitate ourselves as I" whether the I nited States has ;i pure monopoly, hut will inquire as lee whether the United States has in facl atomic superiority. Or again, heis the polic) of Security by Vchievemenl been ei success? Actually, there is little doubl that, within its terms of reference I i.e., as fur us it goes), il has been a success. Nor is there likely to be much controversy aboul that, miles- Moscow wants I" argue it. The American atomic energy projeel heis immense superiority over any conceivable atomic energy project within the boundaries of the So\ iet I nion. This I (lei lee'licU'. To maintain such superiority was the policy of the Truman Administration, and has continued to be the policy of the Eisenhower Adminstration. Both Administrations have received co-operation, al emv rate since' I'll1), from every segment "I Vmerican society. The scientists eunl the military have reduced pub- lie bickering almosl in the vanishing point, and the plain citizens have never wavered in their support of more A- bombs, H-bombs, fissionable material the works! lhal is win we are building Savannah River and Portsmouth. Thai is why we are searing the senilis of Nevada, and readying the runways eil Groton for the \itiitiliis. Theii i~ why we appropriated m one year double the amount invested in the whole Manhattan Project during World War 11." The extent eif ihis superiority, obviously, cannol be measured with pre- i ision. Nor does il need to be, for if i' wen- close il would not effectively exist. li is neei close, li cannot be. In order to see how il cannol I"-. »r must examine more closely the startling disparity between .American and Rus* sian industrial capacity. The facl is thai the most striking differences between Vmerican and Soviel accomplishment appear in certain industries which seeff he be especially reliable indicators of the technological verve and persistence requisite In a vieihlc atomic energy pre ject. These industries include the electron* ie- and electric appliance group, •'" telephone industry, the automobile '"' dustry, the chemical industries, including petroleum, and the metallurgical an** metal industries, especially nonferrous- ll is nol eil all unreasonable to assum1' a significant positive correlation '"' Iwi'iii ei nation's atomic potential ;"■ its actual performance in the telephon" industry. Den iel E. Lilienthal has explained '" some detail how the 1 S. Atomic Km'1' "\ Commission, even though il had i"' heriled the projeel which heul made I'1' 953, p. 119, Copr. by Tin"5 !K7 '-' Fortune, Feb. inc. ' 1953 World ilmanac, p. .. 11 Appropriations for eih.mi.- energy, from j'1'. beginning of the project through NoveniW 1952, are re. apitulated in The Atomic >'■"' erg) let nl 1946, Joint Committee <g Vtomic Mn. i35v 'Government I* fiic. 1952), pp. 50-72. Printii Page 48 FACTS FOUUM NEWS, June. U it:,..
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