Evolution of Staff Theory
Are there any good studies out there regarding the evolution of staff theory from pre- to post-war? I am aware of such references of the Customs of Service which give general outline of duties - I am more interested in books, dissertations, or articles discussing the evolution of staff duties as a result of the War. Also, how much influence did developments in Europe - particularly the Prussian general staff - play on American theory? I am particularly interested in support to commander of higher echelons (division and above).
"Lee" by Clifford Dowdey gives a small insight into the ANV staff. It seems as though poorly defined staff duties - not administrative, but tactical - is the culprit for the many coordination issues throughout Lee's command. Does anybody know of any other references on this topic?
Thomas E. Pallas
The Engineer’s duties, it has always been conceded, require a greater and more varied knowledge of military science than those of any other officer of the Army.
Kautz's Customs of Service