Agents of Innovation: The General Board and the Design of the Fleet that Defeated the Japanese Navyby John T. Kuehn
The author examines the influence of the General Board of the U.S. Navy as an agent of innovation in the years between the world wars. A formal body established by the secretary of the Navy, the General Board served as the organizational nexus for the interaction between fleet design and the naval limitations imposed on the Navy by treaty. Particularly important,
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Very useful and interesting description of the General Board and its relationship to SecNav and Bureaus. Has clear flaws. Repeatedly repetitive and uses modern terminology that fits by definition (change in "paradigm") but diminishes from thinking in terms used at time. Also has unique use of words "Strategic", "tactical", and "organizational" that does not match anything. Also mixes terminology incorrectly, especially referring to any vessel other than a battleship as an "auxiliary". With those flaws it is still an insightful complement to other publications about Navy organization and planning of the era, especially "War Plan Orange". The other appears to have done well in constructing reasonable conclusions from available source material, which he says is limited by lack of official notes and reports as intentional in the system.