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56 Specialisation and division of labour, rather than the maintenance of balanced national forces, has been extensively canvassed as a solution to the perceived problem of shortages of certain NATO military capabilities, while joint weapon production has been advocated as a means of increasing the military resources available to the alliance. 3. 3 A shift away from military self-sufficiency towards increased linkages with other states may be accompanied by a change in decision-making and management patterns, as a situation of division of labour progresses towards one of integration.

Britain's participation in a joint project appeared unlikely to expedite this task, and its persistence with this proposal started to breed mistrust among America's scientific administrators. The fact that the executive director of the United Kingdom project was seconded from ICI led 24 The Independent Nuclear State Bush, Conant and Groves to believe that Britain's motivation was to obtain information which would be of commercial value to Akers's parent firm, ICI, in developing a post-war nuclear power programme.

The administration, in the shape of the War Department, then introduced legislation aimed at transferring control of atomic energy from the army to the full-time civilian commission. The hope was that it would rapidly be passed into law, but it became entangled in a conflict within Congress over how the bill should be handled, with certain senators advocating the creation of a joint committee to deal with it. The bill itself was Conception: 1940-6 33 attacked by certain of the nuclear scientists for giving them too little freedom, and then by congressmen because they would have no powers other than budgetary ones over the activities of the commissioners.

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