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As background for understanding the requirements for an industrial mobilization program to support a conventional war effort today, this paper reviews the industrial mobilization program undertaken to provide weapons during World War II. The author identifies four key factors that would affect the success of such a program: (1) national economic conditions at the time the program is launched, (2) the magnitude of resource demand among the programs trying to achieve preparedness, (3) the administrative planning and policymaking structure, and (4) the degree of support for the program among both business and the general public.

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