(See No. 146, p. 435)
Civil Engineer P. L. Reed, U. S. Navy.—The paper on “Organization for Navy Department Administration” evidently represents much thought and research and is based on a painstaking analysis of the elements of organization. It is, however, permeated by a conception of the precedence and relative importance of the elements of industrial and, by analogy, naval organization, which, it is believed, can be shown to rest on no more solid ground than individual or class opinion, and which vitiates its conclusions.
Before discussing this feature of the paper, some comment seems called for on the references to business organizations, from which support is claimed for the precedence features of the proposed naval organization.