20-Year Letter: An Afghanistan Chronicle

I would recommend this book to any military member that has not deployed. It is both a good primer on what to expect in a future deployment and a sneak peek into a deployment for someone who may not have had the opportunity. It may also fill a tactical level gap between policy makers, academics, or thought leaders that make recommendations using the military tool of national power.

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We Have Ways Pod

From across the Pond comes a highly informative, and extremely entertaining podcast on World War II, titled “We Have Ways”. The name of the show comes both from the very clichéd line, “Vee haf vays of making you talk” used by menacing cinematic Nazi interrogators right up to the first Indiana Jones movie, and also a key laugh line in the 1980s WW II Britcom ‘Allo, ‘Allo (more on that show, and its relevance, later).

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Lessons from the Navy

Lessons From the Navy is a well-written, professionally published work highlighting some great thought topics and behaviors I highly encouraged every aspiring leader to grasp and implement. It is a good, easy read for someone who is ready to consume the content, but there is an especially important realization and understanding to have before spending time in this book.

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The Leader’s Cultural Umbrella: Making Your People Your Top Priority

An effective leader knows how to use the corporate culture to take care of those under their charge, and when the culture clashes with the interests of those we lead, we must figure out ways to protect our people. Sometimes, this means a leader must make decisions that could cost them professionally and personally, including reaching into your pocket to make things happen.

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Maritime Strategy and Naval Innovation

To change and adapt, the navy must shed its complacency and deploy technology based on maritime strategies linked to national objectives. This is a key conclusion in the book, Maritime Strategy and Naval Innovation, a collection of essays written by 15 experts in the fields of naval and organizational history, strategy, technology, and international security. Technology alone, however, should not drive the navy’s transformation.

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Military Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know

Dr. Lucas’ broad discussion of the history of military ethics includes the philosophies that dominate the subject in the American context. Also discussed is the specific dilemma of application for current and future defense leadership. These make it an excellent starting point for any student new to the topic. Military Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know is aptly named. It provides a wide gateway into a subject that is crucial for military members to understand both for their own application and exposure to topics for further study.

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Tips To Create A Unit Reading List And Book Club

So, you are just graduating from professional military education and want to spread the knowledge you gained from incorporating reading into your routine? Or, you are moving to a new unit, and want to help raise the professionalism in the unit. Whatever your reasons are, anyone in any unit can help put together a unit reading list and start a unit book club.

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