Let’s “Go” Back to the Basics to Counter China

“Go” was created more than 2,500 years ago and continues to stand the test of time without change to the game’s core premise. It is an abstract strategy board game in which two players try to control more territory than their opponent using small game pieces called stones. The game may look simple at the outset with just two colors of stones and a plain grid playing board; it is anything but. This complex game of strategy has significantly more possible moves than Chess.

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Borderline: An Oral History of the Brexit wars 2020-2022

Themes, concepts, and timeless maxims tie the book together, in ways familiar to any reader of military history or political thrillers. Ireland’s historical neutrality is no defense against violence; state-sponsored, criminal, or both. There are poor actors willing to manipulate tensions from the shadows. The IDF goes to war with what it has, learns hard lessons, and the value of friends. Finally, it serves as a subtle reminder of why every nation needs the capability to police its own borders, airspace, and territory–or else.

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Aim High: Chart Your Course And Find Success

The Honorable Deborah Lee James served as the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force. Her book, Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success shares lessons and wisdom gleaned from a career in public and private service. From her Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF) framework to the countless personal stories of challenge and success, they will appeal to any leader.

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Mars Adapting: Military Change During War

Mars Adapting examines what makes some military organizations better at this contest than others. The book explores the internal institutional factors that promote and enable military adaptation. It employs four cases, drawing upon one from each of the U.S. armed services. Each case was an extensive campaign, with several cycles of action/counteraction. In each case, the military institution entered the war with an existing mental model of the war they expected to fight.

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Author Interview: A Military History of India Since 1972

A Military History of India since 1972 is a definitive work of contemporary Indian military history that is written from a joint perspective. It is a comprehensive account of India’s resolute, responsible, and restrained use of force as an instrument of statecraft and how the military has played an essential role in securing the country’s democratic traditions along with its rise as a responsible power of consequence.

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The 100 Book Journey

In 2020, I started to focus more on my reading. I always read what I thought to be a great deal during my life, but in 2020, I buckled down and read over fifty books. As I read more and more, I developed a greater perspective on issues that I had only seen as one-sided before. The diversity of books I read last year was more varied than ever before. I read science fiction, philosophy, biographies, books on real-life tragedies, and even a book on rocket fuels. In my reading, I found a great quote which re-affirmed the importance of the endeavor I was undertaking. Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis in his book Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead writes:

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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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