The following memorandum was submitted to the Navy Department last winter. The general idea it embodied met with approval, and one of its immediate consequences has been the establishment of a Board to undertake General Staff work. The Board is known as the "General Board."
The Department has permitted the ideas contained in this memorandum to be made public, and as some officers have formed mistaken notions of the duties which the General Board is to perform it seems desirable that the original memorandum should appear in the Naval Institute. The suggestions contained at the close of the memorandum were not regarded as final, but were only to serve as a basis for discussion. Some of the suggestions were approved, others were not, and still others were approved but could not at the moment be carried out, owing to a scarcity of officers, or other causes.