It shall be the duty of the Council of National Defense to supervise and direct investigations
and make recommendations to the President and the heads of executive departments as
to the location of railroads with reference to the frontier of the United States so
as to render possible expeditious concentration of troops and supplies to points of
defense; the coordination of military, industrial, and commercial purposes in the
location of branch lines of railroad; the utilization of waterways; the mobilization
of military and naval resources for defense; the increase of domestic production
of articles and materials essential to the support of armies and of the people during
the interruption of foreign commerce; the development of seagoing transportation;
data as to amounts, location, method and means of production, and availability of
military supplies; the giving of information to producers and manufacturers as to
the class of supplies needed by the military and other services of the Government,
the requirements relating thereto, and the creation of relations which will render
possible in time of need the immediate concentration and utilization of the resources
of the Nation.
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