The Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Atomic Energy ( McMahon ) to the Secretary of State
Dear Mr. Secretary: Enclosed is a copy of a self-explanatory letter which I have just written to Secretary Marshall.1
I am advised that, in order to avoid loss of time, you have been kept informed as to the progress of the preliminary work performed by the former Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission regarding the scale and scope of the nation’s atomic energy effort.2 As I indicated to Secretary Marshall, I deeply [Page 576] hope that a decision on this matter can be made and translated into action with all possible speed.
If the atomic program is to be materially enlarged, the problem of raw materials derived from foreign sources, of course, becomes critical. Here I just want to reaffirm the sense of urgency which the Joint Committee feels.
Thank you for your consideration of this letter.
- Gen. of the Army George C. Marshall, former Army Chief of Staff (1939–1945) and Secretary of State (1947–1949), succeeded Louis A. Johnson as Secretary of Defense on September 21.↩
- Reference is to work in process pursuant to the President’s directive of August 8; see p. 570.↩
- An account of the session of August 2 appears in Hewlett and Duncan, p. 525.↩
- Not found in Department of State files.↩
- The report, which recommended substantial expansion of atomic energy production facilities, is described in Hewlett and Duncan, p. 528. In a memorandum of September 29, Arneson recommended to Secretary Acheson that he join Secretary Marshall and Commissioner Dean in approving the report (SCI Files). The report was submitted to President Truman on October 2 and approved by him on October 9.↩