The Wartime DOC:
Commerce’s Contributions in World War II
The Department Mobilizes
Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 launched U.S. federal agencies into action as the nation officially entered World War II. The Department of Commerce and its bureaus quickly mobilized to meet the demands of war. Men and women throughout the Department’s bureaus contributed to wartime efforts that served the U.S. in battle and on the home front, including cutting edge weapons research, revolutionary methods of economic measurement, and technological developments that shaped the American experience long after the conflict ended. While the Department of Commerce made many important contributions to the war effort, some of its actions had long-standing repercussions on the Japanese American community.
[Left] The National Institute of Standards and Technology served as a central laboratory for advancements in munitions development throughout World War II. Here, a NIST scientist wears protective gear while working on ordnance research and development.
~ Photo Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology Digital Archives