In any undertaking it is well occasionally to take a thorough inventory of supplies on hand, so as to prepare for future contingencies. Thus the manager of a factory takes an inventory of stock on hand and, by increasing elements as found necessary, prepares to meet future orders for his line of goods. The only line of goods supposed to be turned out by the navy is War Efficiency. We are given our factory, consisting of ships, guns, engines, etc., and we have to use just what is given us, be it good or bad, but our out-put, War Efficiency, is almost wholly dependent upon elements of our own making. "As ye sow, so shall ye reap." When the crucial test comes, and our country demands the most perfect War Efficiency as its bulwark against dire calamity, woe be unto us if we fail in the test. With this in view let us take an inventory of the elements that constitute War Efficiency, and "with malice towards none and charity for all," let us calmly and dispassionately see if we are well and truly prepared or preparing to "deliver the goods."
The Major Elements of War Efficiency
By Lieutenant Lyman A. Cotten, U. S. Navy