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Logistics Review Board
LITTLE PUBLICITY has as yet
been given the recently released
report of the Joint Logistics Re-
view Board (JLRB). On the other
hand, the Fitz-
the findings of
a blue ribbonpanel
on to study the whole Depart-
ment of Defense, has received
The JLRB, also authorized by
the President, had a charter
somewhat more restrictive. It
was directed to review our lo-
gistic policies and procedures in
the Vietnamese war to see
whether any lessons learned
there might increase effective-
ness and reduce cost in the sup-
port of combat forces in the fu-
Since the defense dollar
breaks down roughly into 36
cents for personnel, 40 cents for
logistics and 24 cents for all
other expenditures, including
new weapons, the charter of the
JLRB gave it review jurisdiction
over the largest single item of
After reading the reports of
both these committees, I believe
that the JLRB has made a much
more realistic and significant
JAMES J. KILPATRICK
The reason for this may lie In
the relative qualifications and
experience of the members of
the respective groups. The Rtz-
hugh Commission contained only
one member who had served In
the Pentagon or who had pro-
fessional military experience,
Wilfred J. McNeil, and he sub-
mitted a minority report.
The eight members of the
JLRB were evidently selected be-
cause of their long-time ex-
perience in the military logistics
field. They had a military career
total of 163 years of logistic
Let no one jump to the con-
clusion, however, that the JLRB
was a self-serving or whitewash
The JLRB submitted 18 vo-
lumes of supporting data to
validate Its findings, whereas
the Rtzhugh Report contained
accusations and assertions com-
pletely unsupported by professio-
nal testimony or validating
The JLRB report contains a
factual review of the logistic
systems of each of the armed
services as they supported our
fighting men in Vietnam.
For example, it points out
that although half-a-mttlion
items were on the supply lists
for Vietnam, the average time
from requisition to receipt of the
requested stock wd$ as little as
five days for high-priority, air-
delivered Items and reasonably
adequate for all stocks, includ-
ing ammunition and POL (petro-
leum, oil and lubricants).
Logistics were not bad Jn
Vietnam. Our fighting men were
better fed, better equipped and
supplied than in World War II
or Korea, but It could have been
done more economically, and the
JLRB report points the way.
All military leaders and the
civilian Pentagon management
will be well-advised to study all
these proposals and Initiate the
15 major recommendations at an
The JLRB discussions on such
subjects as transportation, con-
and construction are not neces-
sarily restrictive to the military
but can enhance the overall civi-
The United States has never
been superior to prospective
enemies In manpower totals. It
is now losing its technological
leadership to the Soviet Union.
But we have always had supe-
rior military logistics over any
adversary supported by our un-
matched Industrial economy.
The report of the JLRB, if Im-
plemented, can assure the vital
continuation of that superiority,
(c) 1970» General Feature Corp.
The Plastic Jungle Bill
ONE OF THE bills that will be
waiting for the House, when its
members troop back from vaca-
tion, is known as the "plastic
jungle bill." Its purpose is to
ban the unsolicited mailing of
credit cards. The Senate already
has passed such a measure; the
House is likely to add its appro-
Now, this is one of the sea-
son's less important bills. Pass
or fail, it will bring the New
Jerusalem no closer. Yet the lu-
xurious growth of the plastic
jungle, which impels this bil!
belatedly into law, is a phe-
nomenon that merits reflection.
It is'one more measure of our
changing times that Congress
should be acting to prohibit a
practice that five years ago did
As recently as three years
ago, only 197 banks offeree cre-
dit card plans. At the end of
1967, they had $600 million in
charges outstanding. By the end
of 1969, more than 1,200 banks
were offering such plans; their
billings were up to $2.6 billion.
No one seems to know how
many Americans actually ore
using bank credit cards, but the
number is well into the millions.
This astonishing growth has
resulted largely from mass mail-
ings by the banks of unsolicited
credit cards. These plastic tickets
to instant indebtedness have
turned up in remarkable places.
Tony Benitez of Tampa, age 5,
received a Master Charge card
with an invitation to take a trip
to Europe: Buy now, pay later,
in Chicago, one affluent citiren
received no fewer than 18 credit
cards from the same bonk; his
three sons, 9, 11 and 13, shared
in the jackpot.
The cards have created a hea-
dache for postal inspectors.
Thousands of cards are stolen
annually from the mails, before
the prospective recipients even
know of their existence. In the
underworld, hot cards sell for
$25 to $100. They travel across
country at jet speed; it is com-
monplace for a resident of Los
Angeles to find himself billed
for goods purchased in his name
in Florida or New York.
The illegal use of credit cards
is a serious and growing prob-
lem,- of greater concern to House
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and Senate committees is the
role of the credit card in perso-
nal finance and in monetary
The number of Individual
bankruptcies, which had been
dropping, increased perceptibly
last year. An informal poll of
U.S. District Courts indicated that
the temptations of the plastic
jungle have proved sadly allur-
i n g . Of 682 bankruptcies
analyzed in Knoxville, 114
showed credit card debts. In
Cincinnati, a study of 72 bank-
rupts disclosed that 21 had run
up bills on unsolicited cards.
One debtor in Los Angeles listed
17 creditors — eight of them
credit card companies. In
Wichita, more than half the
bankruptcy petitions list credit
In Lexington, Ky., a referee in
bankruptcy was startled to see
that a nurse had run up a
$1,500 bill on a BankAmericard.
Among her purchases were six
transistor radios, one with a
white carrying case for work,
one for her blue outfits, one for
her red outfits, and so on. Her
card had a $300 limit, but ap-
parently no one noticed.
It is the virtually unlimited
potential of bank card credit
that troubles both Congress and
the Federal Reserve Board. In
terms of total consumer credit
for non-durable goods, the credit
card liabilities are not yet large
— about 2.6 per cent of the
$100 billion outstanding. But if
ail the credit card holders sud-
denly decided to charge to their
permissible limits, or beyond,
the finest tuned monetary policy
could be thrown Into confusion.
The bill that passed the Se-
nate In April, sponsored by
Proxmira of Wisconsin, woulci
flatly prohibit the mailing of un-
solicited cards; It would limit a
consumer's liability for unautho-
rized use to $50; and it would
create a new Federal crime, pu-
nishable by a year In prison, for
fraudulent use of a credit card.
The pending House bill follows
generally the same lines. Neither
measure would exactly tidy up
the plastic jungle, but the re-
gulations would provide a little
safer path for the wary.
(c> Washington Star Syndic at*
THE FIRST SPEECH on a block
officeholder level against some
of the methods used by extreme
black militants has been made
It is long
past time for
t h e Negro
community to take such a stand.
Young Mr. Bond, the personable,
knowledgeable and highly ar-
ticulate thinker on public issues,
deserves full credit for his words
against a danger that threatens
all Negro and liberal citizens in
the nation. Favorably regarded
by Negroes, although not wholly
acceptable to the black, ex-
tremists, Julian Bond was nol
lengthy in his warning to the
Columbia University Journalism
graduates, but his reservations
were clearly indicated.
He gave the back of his hand
to black separatism, as does any
observer of the lack of power in
any one (or in oil combined)
black separatist groups. The job
of "slaying the dragon for all of
us" will not be done, he said,
"by blacks who insist on work-
ing alone," because the power
of blacks is too limited and
their numbers too few. It will
not be done by those who de-
bate the "revisionism" existing
in a foreign land while black
problems are neglected at home.
The speaker declared:
"It Is precisely this pre-
occupation with the revolutionary
movements of the rice, farmers
of Southeast Asia and the tin
miners and cane cutters of South
America that has taken our con-
cern away from the more
serious threat from within."
These remarks may be fairly
classified as allusions to the ex-
treme extremism among blacks
that has alarmed the Negro
The opinion* expressed tn the columac•ntf cartoon* «A thl» p*e« represent
th* considered at r«pt«s*nting Uio
views of th« Start and Stripe* itself or
ef th« United State* government. The
material it ^elected to provide a ero»§
**cticn of tdoooal opinions frcm th»cut**.
community, AH opponents c?
fascism and oil believers in t? c
kind of law arvd order wdhc,?
which no society — whir*'.
black, yellow, brown or mixt;;
— can exist, share this oleum.
A racial population corv.c*
dodge its public branding whe-
some of its members take g.--.
into a courtroom, kidnap tru>
judge and kill him.
A racial population cannot e^
cape its public imoge wf-t
some of its members kill a pc
liceman in Chicago, tnipe at po-
licemen in other cities and shoe'
two policemen in New York.
The threats to an ordered
society have gone far beyorri
hot rhetoric. It is entirely reaso-
nable to picture the impolitic"
of martial law upon whc-'e
states or groups of states, in-
dividuals would lose their free-
doms. Negroes who mind their
own affairs would be lumped
with blacks who use guns ro
show they are "men." The ent^t?
Negro population would be $_-.
pect. Liberals who support vari-
ous causes would be treated liK'
the University of Wisconsin bom-
bers. Under martial taw there
would be no resort to the cour's
Peremptory and sweeping ofde-i
would be the law. Troops arc
tanks would be the enforcers.
This is some part of what Ju-
lian Bond meant when he ob-
served that his listeners "may
write an obituary" for ojf
country. The Negro population
that thus far has either re-
mained silent or has allowed ns
sympathy to lead it to mumbling
repetitious sociological excuses
for black extreme acts must
choose between survival and the
restrictions that meon destruc-
More rapidly than appears ••
the surface, the whole race is
being branded by the fanatids'r
of the few. It is time for mil-
lions of Negro Americans to ac:
upon the preachment of Paul to
the Thessalonians: "... with-
draw yourselves from every
brother that walketh dis-
orderly . . . Yet count htm net
os an enemy, but admonish him
as a brother."(e) Th« Rf«ifter »«4 Tribuft* Syndicate