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Editorial Note on 1942 Army Budget
On June 18, 1941, Marshall testified on the War Department’s budget before a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The chief of staff argued for a $10,009,655,187 appropriation for the 1942 fiscal year. Marshall noted that this appropriation bill covered the procurement of twelve thousand new aircraft for the Air Corps, a recent supplement designed to meet army and lend-lease requirements. The bulk of the appropriation covered pay, clothing, equipment and maintenance costs. When asked if the mobilization was progressing as he expected, Marshall replied that overseas demands on American industry had expanded more rapidly than estimated the previous year. Although these orders burdened United States manufacturers and forced a readjustment of army procurement, the chief of staff was satisfied with the overall state of national preparedness. (Senate Appropriations Committee, Military Establishment Appropriation Bill for 1942, Hearings [Washington: GPO, 1941], pp. 5-12.)
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 539.