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Buying Aircraft: Materiel Procurement for the Army Air Forces (1964)

by Irving Brinton Holley, Jr.

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The strength and structure of the Military Establishment of the United States are responsibilities of the American public expressing its will through Congress. Since the Army is an operating agency with but limited voice in the formation of national policy, it is incumbent upon departmental officials to submit accurate and meaningful reports to the public and its representatives if they are to provide an effective legislative basis for the maximum in national security at the least cost.1 Unfortunately the information necessary for sound legislation has not always been readily available.
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Buying Aircraft: Matériel Procurement for the Army Air Forces offers
the reader a liberal education in military procurement. It examines in
depth, and with judicious understanding, the following: procurement of
aircraft; budgeting and budgetary changes; contracting; design changes; the
nature and development of the aircraft industry; manufacturing techniques,
especially in the introduction of mass production into the aircraft industry,
and problems in the use of automobile assembly plants for making aircraft;
and the War Department's relations with Congress and the Comptroller.
Professor Holley recognizes the broad sweep and interrelationship of political,
economic, legal, and military problems, and stresses the importance of
organization within both government and industry. The volume focuses
upon problems inherent in procurement, but does not concern itself with
air or ground force doctrine. Its subject matter is the procurement, not
the employment, of air power. Because Professor Holley's volume offers
concrete examples of problems involved in the design and purchase of
complicated and expensive items of military equipment over a period of
years, the experiences described should profit the officer engaged in procurement
of missiles and aircraft today as well as the student of logistics,
and will add immeasurably to the thoughtful citizen's understanding of
national defense.
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