Reading Lists

2018 DIA Directors Reading List

In April of 2018 the DIA Director Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr. released his official DIA reading list.

The DIA Director’s Professional Reading List is divided into three categories:

  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • History
  • Global Analysis

Lieutenant General Ashley states

As intelligence officers, our most critical asset is our mind. Self-study increases our speed, creativity, and confidence.

Without self-study, our expertise is limited to our direct experiences. Reading vastly multiplies our experiences in life—as parents, as friends, as spouses, and as leaders.

Furthermore, both General Ashley and SECDEF Mathis state that By reading, we can learn from the experiences of an immeasurable number of people. And, hopefully, our reading allows us to learn from the mistakes of others, before we make those mistakes ourselves. Old ideas give us new ideas. History really does teach us something. It inspires, motivates, and elevates us.

The DIA reading list can be download here, or viewed below.


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