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Decentralized control of transportation was important, because we felt that we had to get
control of rail and air, out of the big cities into places where we had some freedom to operate.
Nobody really (or at least in the briefings we had about what to expect in case of an invasion)
-- There were no two briefings that were alike. Each department of the government had
different ideas about it. I remember the man who had food was concerned about the
deployment of canned goods and things that could be used, in the case of an invasion, and a
lot of that stuff was done, because nobody knew how they would get food into a city like New
York if the rail service was cut off, or if the trucking was cut off. So, there were places in the
city that had (and may still have, as far as I know) a lot of canned goods and things of that
kind. And, in fact -- you weren't here at that time -- but the government urged housewives to
have stockpiles of food, etc.
Oh, I remember that.
So, it was a hairy period.
Were the other members of the cabinet recognizable names to us?
Oh, yes. Sure. They don't come to me now, but I know at the time -- They were
almost all older than I. I think I was the youngest in the group. That was one of my
problems. In business, most of the CEOs I knew were ten to fourteen years older than I.
Were these mostly CEO people?
Yes. I think there were a couple of existing cabinet officers who were in the group,
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