“Our Civilian Defense Program is Weak”

“Our Civilian Defense Program is Weak” (undated, WW2 era)
by Unknown
11 x 14.5 in., ink on board
Coppola Collection

Given the clues, it ought to have been easy to nail this one down. Two names… one a judge… a radio broadcast…

World War II, with its greater real threat to the US homeland, engaged a significantly greater use of civil defense than WW1. Even before Pearl Harbor, the Council of National Defense was reactivated by President Roosevelt and created the Division of State and Local Cooperation to further assist the Council’s efforts. Very soon, however, the idea of local and state councils bearing a significant burden became viewed as untenable and more responsibility was vested at the federal level with the creation of the Office of Civilian Defense (OCD) within the Office of Emergency Planning (OEP) on May 20, 1941.

This scenario strikes me as something reasonable after Pearl Harbor but still in the days of early response. I am thinking that these characters might be local rather than national, making the identification more difficult.

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