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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - September 6, 1970, Darmstadt, HessePage 8 THE STARS AND STRIPES Suntkiy, September 6, 1970 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- hugh Report, the findings of a blue ribbonpanel pointed President em- by Nix- Ira C. Eaker on to study the whole Depart- ment of Defense, has received wide publicity. 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- ture. 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 military cost. After reading the reports of both these committees, I believe that the JLRB has made a much more realistic and significant contribution. 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 service. Let no one jump to the con- clusion, however, that the JLRB was a self-serving or whitewash group. 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 data. 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 early date, The JLRB discussions on such subjects as transportation, con- tainerization, computerization and construction are not neces- sarily restrictive to the military but can enhance the overall civi- lian economy. 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- val. 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 nor exist. 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 TLThe an EUROPEAN EDITION CO1_, DAVID B. O'HARA, USAF .................................... Editor-in-Chief UT. COL. GARY L. WERNER, USA ......... . .............. Deputy Editor-in-Chief MERT PROCTOR ......................... ....................... Managino Editor ELMER D. FRANK ............................................ Production Manaoer HENRY S. EPSTEIN ................................. .. ...... Circulation Manaaer This newspaper is an authorized unofficial publication for U.S. Armed Force* overseas. The Stars nnd Stripes it published by the Commander In Chief, U.S. European Command In support of the command internal intcrmation prt>sr«m Of the Department of Defense, Contents of the Star* and Stripe* ar* flot flee**- aarily the official view* of the U.S. Government or the Department Of D«f«nte. The appearance of displays in this newspaper concerning commercial publications does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Defence or any of it* components. Military address: Tha Star* and Stripes, APO 09175. International mail: The Stars and Stripes, Postfach 1034, 61-Darnistadt, Germany. TeU Qrie»- heim (C) (prefix 06155) 811; (M) Darmstadt Airstrip (prefix 2376) 741, Telex 0419-332. New York office: 641 Washlnoton St., New York, 10014, Tel: (Area Cod« 212) 620 5771. Second class poitaae paid at New York, N.Y. NEWS BUREAUS London, Mary Ann Reese, 3rd AF Hq, South Ruisiip, South Rulsflp Military 206? or VlKino 2428; Mediterranean, Bob Hoyer, U.S. NavaJ Support Activity, Naples, ItaJy. Naples 302047 ext. 476; Augsburg, Germany, Bruce Bunch, Building 33, Reew Casern, Auo«buro Military S738; Nuernbwg, Germany, Clint Swift, U.S. Army Hotel, Nuernberg Military B123 or £409. CIRCULATION OFFICES Germany: Berlin, civ 739368; Bremerhaven, civ 45341, Mil 7664; Frankfurt, Civ 691665 or 691660: Kaiserslautern. Civ 57617, Mil Voaelweh 7050; Munich, Civ 165923 Or 165924, Mi! 6556; Nuernberg, Cic 776647, Mil 6513; North German Reojon, Rhein- Main Mil 6426 and 6026; Stuttgart. Civ 854225, Mil 7250. Gre#ce: Athen*, Civ 98M89, Italy: Leghorn, Mil Camp Darby, 7172. Spain: Madrid, Civ 2057011, Ext. 7118 or 7011. United Kingdom: London, West Ru/slip, Civ 73198, Rui&lip AFB, Mil 322*4, Ext. 44. and Senate committees is the role of the credit card in perso- nal finance and in monetary policy. 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 card liabilities. 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* Few Branding Entire Race Roy Wilkins THE FIRST SPEECH on a block officeholder level against some of the methods used by extreme black militants has been made by Julian Bond, the Georgia state legislator. 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- tion. More rapidly than appears