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Scientific Direction of War

    Naturevolume 149pages549550 (1942) | Download Citation



    RECENT correspondence in the Press on the direction of war strategy, to which reference is made in the leading article on p. 531 of this issue of NATURE, has had a sequel in the form of a discussion in the House of Lords on May 5. Lord Denman directed attention to the White Paper on Organization for Joint Planning recently issued, and said there is a considerable amount of dissatisfaction among technical and engineer officers regarding methods of applying equipment to the Army. “We have men of great scientific ability, great technical experts, good factories and workshops, and skilled craftsmen and mechanics, but we need to make sure that they are being utilized to the best advantage.” There should be a chain of technical responsibility from the Army Council down to the units in the field. Viscount Swinton also emphasized that we have the men of ability needed in the various fields, but found fault with the present system of utilizing them. Lord Milne said that the “great necessity at the present moment is a scheme to link together our great advantages in technical science with our requirements in military strategy”.

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