"Yankee Doodle"  
American Revolution Ballad
Composed by Rr. Richard Schuckburg - cira 1750
Synthesized by an Unknown Artist

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From the beginning, whenever the United States of America had to defend its rights and protect the liberties we so much enjoy and cherish, private industry has come to the aid of the country, providing facilities, management skills and expert technology necessary to produce the goods of war. Even in the early stages of the Revolutionary War, many of the patriotic civilian business men enthusiastically supported the Continental Congress and supply agencies of the Colonial Army and subsequently devoted years of effort and personal assets in producing equipment.

Until the most recent of our modern wars, the United States continued to build its arms using the government Arsenal System complimented by the rapid buildup of civilian industry. As in Colonial times, American makers of plowshares could, with time and applied technical resources, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. Over time, a permanent armament industry of vast proportions was created which operates in parallel to the Government Arsenal System. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense system procurements. On military security, we annually spend more than the net income of all United States corporations.

Over the years, this coalition of civilian businesses developed into the Defense Industry Association who, on 17 January, 1961, was strongly denounced and branded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as the "Military-Industrial Complex" who must be guarded against in their attempt, whether deliberate or not, to acquire unwarranted influence of government policy.

The growth of the civilian businesses into an affiliated organization was a natural defensive reaction to the early desire of the government to closely monitor their enterpreneural methods of management and control. As may be understood, in order to fully harness and channel the efforts of these first rag-tag collection of industries into an orderly, unified productive force, the Continental Congress established the first of a series of ever growing procurement regulations which each supplier had to comply in conducting business. The contractor would not be paid until full compliance to these regulations was documented during the performance of the contract. The following chapters documents the efforts of the first of these industrial leaders who rose to meet the challenge presented by these regulations.

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