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March 24, 1951


JAMA. 1951;145(12):908-909. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920300048014


Civil Defense  Senator Lodge of Massachusetts introduced S. 1043, which would amend the Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950 to make further provision for certain research and development. The amendments would authorize the Federal Defense Administrator, in cooperation with the Department of Defense and other departments and agencies, to establish and conduct a program of research and development designed to make more effective the measures for the protection of the civil population in the event of military attack. Senator Lodge hopes that this bill would: (a) provide the basis for intelligent planning of civil defense operations by responsible national officials, (b) provide standards to guide the several states and the municipalities in establishing plans and procedures that will meet individual local needs and yet be sufficiently uniform to permit necessary interstate cooperation, (c) provide for a better understanding of methods that can be employed to prevent panic and

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