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Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 61 Part 1.djvu/530

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PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 343-JULY 26, 1947 Duties. Termination of Join t Army and Navy Mu- nitions Board. Personnel and facili- ties. (c) It shall be the duty of the Board under the direction of the Secretary of Defense and in support of strategic and logistic plans prepared by the Joint Chiefs of Staff- (1) to coordinate the appropriate activities within the National Military Establishment with regard to industrial matters, includ- ing the procurement, production, and distribution plans of the departments and agencies comprising the Establishment; (2) to plan for the military aspects of industrial mobilization; (3) to recommend assignment of procurement responsibilities among the several military services and to plan for standardiza- tion of specifications and for the greatest practicable allocation of purchase authority of technical equipment and common use items on the basis of single procurement; (4) to prepare estimates of potential production, procurement, and personnel for use in evaluation of the logistic feasibility of strategic operations; (5) to determine relative priorities of the various segments of the military procurement programs; (6) to supervise such subordinate agencies as are or may be created to consider the subjects falling within the scope of the Board's responsibilities; (7) to make recommendations to regroup, combine, or dissolve existing interservice agencies operating in the fields of procure- ment, production, and distribution in such manner as to promote efficiency and economy; (8) to maintain liaison with other departments and agencies for the proper correlation of military requirements with the civilian economy, particularly in regard to the procurement or disposition of strategic and critical material and the maintenance of adequate reserves of such material, and to make recommenda- tions as to policies in connection therewith; (9) to assemble and review material and personnel require- ments presented by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and those presented by the production, procurement, and distribution agencies assigned to meet military needs, and to make recommendations thereon to the Secretary of Defense; and (10) to perform such other duties as the Secretary of Defense may direct. (d) When the Chairman of the Board first appointed has taken office, the Joint Army and Navy Munitions Board shall cease to exist and all its records and personnel shall be transferred to the Munitions Board. (e) The Secretary of Defense shall provide the Board with such personnel and facilities as the Secretary may determine to be required by the Board for the performance of its functions. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT BOARD SEC. 214. (a) There is hereby established in the National Military Establishment a Research and Development Board (hereinafter in Composition. this section referred to as the "Board"). The Board shall be com- posed of a Chairman, who shall be the head thereof, and two repre- sentatives from each of the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, to be designated by the Secretaries of their respective Chaiman Departments. The Chairman shall be appointed from civilian life by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, Purpose. and shall receive compensation at the rate of $14,000 a year. The purpose of the Board shall be to advise the Secretary of Defense as to the status of scientific research relative to the national security, [61 STAT.