PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 724-AAUG. 1 , 1946 Authority to make recommendations. Director of Division of Military Applica- tion. 47 Stat. 406 28 Stat. 205. Authority of Com- mission. Post, p. 809. keep the Committee fully informed of all such matters before it and the Committee shall keep the Commission fully informed of all atomic energy activities of the War and Navy Departments. The Committee shall have authority to make written recommendations to the Com- mission on matters relating to military applications from time to time as it may deem appropriate. If the Committee at any time concludes that any action, proposed action, or failure to act of the Commission on such matters is adverse to the responsibilities of the Departments of War or Navy, derived from the Constitution, laws, and treaties, the Committee may refer such action, proposed action, or failure to act to the Secretaries of War and Navy. If either Secretary concurs, he may refer the matter to the President, whose decision shall be final. (d) APPOINTMENT OF ARMY AND NAVY OFFICERS.- Notwithstanding the provisions of section 1222 of the Revised Statutes (U. S . C ., 1940 edition, title 10, sec. 576), section 212 of the Act entitled "An Act making appropriations for the Legislative Branch of the Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1933, and for other purposes", approved June 30, 1932, as amended (U. S . C ., 1940 edition, title 5, sec. 59a), section 2 of the Act entitled "An Act making appropriations for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety- five, and for other purposes", approved July 31, 1894, as amended (U. S . C . 1940 edition, title 5, sec. 62), or any other law, any active or retired oficer of the Army or the Navy may serve as Director of the Division of Military Application established by subsection (a) (4) (B) of this section, without prejudice to his commissioned status as such officer. Any such officer serving as Director of the Division of Military Application shall receive, in addition to his pay from the United States as such officer, an amount equal to the difference between such pay and the compensation prescribed in subsection (a) (4) (B) of this section. RESEARCH SEC. 3. (a) RESEARCH ASSISTANCE.- The Commission is directed to exercise its powers in such manner as to insure the continued conduct of research and development activities in the fields specified below by private or public institutions or persons and to assist in the acquisition of an ever-expanding fund of theoretical and practical knowledge in such fields. To this end the Commission is authorized and directed to make arrangements (including contracts, agreements, and loans) for the conduct of research and development activities relating to- (1) nuclear processes; (2) the theory and production of atomic energy, including processes, materials, and devices related to such production; (3) utilization of fissionable and radioactive materials for medical, biological, health, or military purposes; (4) utilization of fissionable and radioactive materials and processes entailed in the production of such materials for all other purposes, including industrial uses; and (5) the protection of health during research and production activities. The Commission may make such arrangements without regard to the provisions of section 3709 of the Revised Statutes (U. S . C., title 41, sec. 5) upon certification by the Commission that such action is neces- sary in the interest of the common defense and security, or upon a showing that advertising is not reasonably practicable, and may make partial and advance payments under such arrangements, and may make available for use in connection therewith such of its equipment and facilities as it may deem desirable. Such arrangements shall contain such provisions to protect health, to minimize danger from explosion 758 [60 STAT.