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But the aides were all part of the General Board system.
As were some of the Bureaus…whose chiefs would sometimes be assigned on a temporary basis to the Board.
The General Board received inputs and feedback from these games and exercises, from the Fleet, from the war plans division of Op Nav, and from the NWC in constructing its 420 -2 building priorities and warship designs, as well as its positions for the naval conferences. Navy entities necessarily “solved” those problems, but institutionally the Navy officer corps understood the framework of its problems as well, or better, than any other naval officer corps on the eve of war.
However, when given the chance to get rid of the Board, King proved instrumental in ensuring Nimitz did not abolish it, and he tried, believe me, after the war.
As a naval general staff it did all those things one would expect a naval general staff to do, and in 1902 part of it went to sea!
In other words, its primary job was contingency planning for crises and war—war planning—but it slowly extended its influence into all facets of the Navy, especially mobilization planning and fleet design.
The coverage of that innovation was episodic, not comprehensive, and the focus was on three case studies – battleship modernization, naval aviation, and mobile, at sea, basing.
America’s First General Staff (AFGS) instead looks at the complete “life” of a relativity small organization that had a big impact at the strategic and policy levels.