With the Navy again grasping for a coherent shipbuilding strategy, now could be a perfect time to revisit the General Board concept.
Secretary to the Joint Board Jarvis Butler pointed out the following in 1930: “Hence it is that all governmental organizations, especially those charged with the problems of national defense, must be guided by sound judgment and administered by master hands. . . . Herein lies the vital value of the [General] Board to the Navy and the nation.” 1