Annual Report of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization for Fiscal Year 1959   [open pdf - 3MB]

"This report, for the period of July 1, 1958, through June 30, 1959, covers the activities of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization during its first year of operation. The report is in narrative summary form with a minimum of statistical data. Those persons interested in greater statistical details may obtain such information from the OCDM Annual Statistical Report available upon request. Fiscal year 1959 marked a new era for civil defense and defense mobilization, two recognized vital parts of the Nation's total defense. On July 1, 1958, the direction of the two vital parts was unified by the merger of the Federal Civil Defense Administration (FCDA) and the Office of Defense Mobilization (ODM). The establishment of the new agency as part of the Executive Office of the President, entitled the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization (OCDM), gave increased stature and unity to our nonmilitary defense effort. […] Creation of OCDM in the Executive Office of the President, with attendant consolidation of related and overlapping functions, gave the Nation a solid organizational base for building a unified national nonmilitary defense program. Immediately responsive to the broadened responsibilities, OCDM set up its internal organization strictly according to functional needs. The unified Federal direction and guidance stemming from this action has already appreciably increased the stature, strength, and effectiveness of nonmilitary defense. But the Nation has only begun to realize the true magnitude of the change. It will continue to pay multiple dividends in improved operations in the future."

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