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Agents Of Innovation

The General Board and the Design of the Fleet That Defeated the Japanese Navy
by John T. Kuehn
Naval Inst Pr

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Pub Date: 2008
Format: Hardback
Pages: 263 pp.
Size: 6.25 x 9.00 inches

ISBN: 9781591144489
TB Code: 1912028
Availability: 198 in stock

Agents of Innovation examines the influence of the General Board of the Navy as agents of innovation during the period between World Wars I and II. The General Board, a formal body established by the Secretary of the Navy to advise him on both strategic matters with respect to the fleet, served as the organizational nexus for the interaction between fleet design and the naval limitations imposed on the Navy by treaty during the period. Particularly important was the General Board's role in implementing the Washington Naval Treaty that limited naval armaments after 1922. The General Board orchestrated the efforts by the principal Naval Bureaus, the Naval War College, and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in ensuring that the designs adopted for the warships built and modified during the period of the Washington and London Naval Treaties both met treaty requirements while attempting to meet strategic needs.