Small Wars Journal

US Army's Reading List Published

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 1:23pm

The Army's Reading List: A Look Into the New Joint Chiefs Chairman by Nate Rawlings at Time Magazine’s Battleland Blog. BLUF:

"This week, Army Chief of Staff [when the list was compiled] General Martin Dempsey published his new professional reading list. At first glance, it doesn't seem like a big story, but it does offer a look into the thinking of the general who will be leading our armed forces in the coming years. Every service has their respective professional development programs, training outside of functional specialties designed to help an officer or non-commissioned officer progress in their career."


No reading required, just watching......a movie titled "Amigo" about a US Army element "occupying" a Philippine village during that campaign. An interesting look at COIN practiced in the early 20th Century. Just wanted to throw that out there.


Tue, 04/16/2013 - 6:47am

History! It's just one damned thing after another.


Fri, 08/26/2011 - 5:37pm

In reply to by bumperplate

LOL, funny stuff. Here's one that missed the cut, "Nineteen Stars: A Study in Military Character and Leadership". Of course today it would be better titled "A Study of Why the Twenty-First Century American General Sucks".

"Once an Eagle" I would argue is a great book. A great compare and contrast between the politically focused officer and the one that has a heart for serving, and leading Soldiers. Of course the former seems to reach today's modern stars.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to fulfill it" George Santayana


Fri, 08/26/2011 - 1:57pm

Interesting that Ori Brafman's two books are on the list: 'starfish & spider...' and 'click...'

You read those books or their respective synopses and you think, "duh", of course. Then you look at organizations such as the Army and find a need to re-title the books and combine them into one collection: "The opposite of what we do" by the US Army, with a forward and introduction written by TRADOC.