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44 A full account of the early and middle period of General Staff history, 1904-19, is given in Maj. Gen. Otto L. , National Security and The General Staff (Washington, D. , 1946), pp. 73-273. For an example of General Staff difficulty with one of the older bureaus, see the account of the 1911 controversy between Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood, Chief of Staff, and Maj. Gen. F. C. Ainsworth, The Adjutant General, in Nelson, pp. 138-66. 18 WASHINGTON COMMAND POST: THE OPERATIONS DIVISION During World War I the General Staff, particularly after its reorganization in 1918, showed a great deal of vigor, exerting increasingly detailed supervision and control over the technical and administrative services.
See Report of the Chief of Staff, U. S. Army, 1919, pp. 15-17. 48 WD GO 80, 26 Aug 18. This reorganization followed the line of development initiated by WD GO 14, 9 Feb 18 and WD GO 36, 16 Apr 18. For a brief summary of General Staff organization, see OPD Hist Unit Study A. 49 War Department reorganization in 1946 reverted to the 1918 title of "director" for heads of General Staff Divisions. The term was chosen in 1946 to indicate that a certain amount of supervisory "operating activity" was proper for the General Staff so long as administrative detail had been delegated.
36 The General Staff concept was far from new. The German General Staff had been in operation for almost a century. In Secretary of War Newton D. Baker's opinion, expressed at the end of World War I, American delay in adopting the idea derived to a great extent from the traditional fear that it represented a kind of militarism which might involve the United States unnecessarily in war. See his analysis in Annual Report of the Secretary of War, 1919, pp. 61-62. " 37 Secretary Root's account of the creation of the General Staff, Annual Report of the Secretary of War, 1903, pp.