What's the first thing you should do after winning a war? Answer: prepare for the next one. Despite our certainty of an Allied victory, we knew better than to assume invincibility. The map pictured on the left shows how the country's soft spots could be compromised. Secret bases in Mexico could bomb the Southwest, while enemies could fire oil wells in Los Angeles. Up north, bomb raids could burn grain fields while planes from a secret base in Canada could take Detroit and its rail terminals. East Coast metropolises like New York City and Washington, D.C., were of course susceptible to air and sea attacks.
To avoid such a catastrophe, the nation would have to bolster its armies and stockpile weapons while adhering to an international council of world powers. Our suggestions included requiring universal military service for high school graduations and developing superbombers (or high-range missiles) that could hit targets on another continent.
Read the full story in "What's Being Planned For Our Postwar Battle Strength"