United States History Germane to Manufacturing Small Modular Reactors™

By Richard McPherson
For the United States World War II lasted from December 7, 1941 until September 2, 1945.  It took the United States about 18-months to ram up to full industrial production, producing:

Aircraft:  296,959
Tanks:  102,253
Vessels:  67,972
Submarines:  244
Military Personnel:  16,000,000
Industrial Workers:  53,000,000
Agriculture Workers:  6,000,000
Industrial Deaths:  86,000

To build ships as quickly as possible, workers using assembly-line created pre-made sections built at shipyards.  About 120 fabricated section, made up of some 250,000 items, went into building each ship.  Just for one ship design 18 new shipyards were constructed, employing about 650,000 American workers.  Over 3,300 were built (in less than 1,365 days) by the end of the war.    

They built 18 brand new shipyards just for Liberty’s. And put 650,000 Americans—women, men, young people, old people—building these ships. They became the largest fleet of ships ever built in the history of the world in such a short period of time.
—Rear Adm. Thomas Patterson, United States Merchant Service, Ret.

Ponder some time-lines in United States History since December 7, 1941

  • World War II lasted for 1,365 days (3 years, 8 months and 26 days).
  • It has been 6,236 days (17 years and 27 days) since the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001.
  • Since President Eisenhower Gave his “Atoms for Peace” speech at the United Nations on December 8, 1953 it has been 23,680 days (64 years and 10 months to the day).      

Before the end of 2010, some Members of Congress and members of the Obama administration had copies of a 5-year plan to create manufacturing facilities to be putting out more than one electromagnetic pulse (EMP) protected small modular reactor (SMR a week to meet the needs of America’s national security.

What has the United Stated Congress and rest of the energy industry (government & private sectors) happened over the past 2,838 days (7 years, 9 months and 7 days to meet the well-known threats to the United States electricity supply systems since December 31, 2010, much less create the ability for American industry to compete with state owned enterprises in China, France and Russia?  Nothing?

Richard McPherson has been involved in nuclear power since entering the US Navy nuclear power program in 1963.  He has served as the US Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA) for “Nuclear Fuel Cycle Facilities, the Environment and Public Opinion”, plus since the September 11, 2001 attack on America a member of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) forums, and is a life long student of energy, and national security influenced by public policy.