2022 INFORMATION WARFARE READING LIST
The letter from VADM Kelly Aeshbach introducing the Navy’s Information Dominance Reading list
As Commander and Force Master Chief for Naval Information Forces, we believe there has never been a more critical time to ensure our personnel are prepared to answer the call. In this era of Great Power Competition, it is critical that we cultivate a constant focus on learning and growing professionally and personally.
Information Warriors must continue to hone their skills and grow as leaders to drive our culture. We believe the books listed, generated by a variety of community leaders, will help build this culture and foster curiosity and learning.
John F. Kennedy, former President of the United States said, “If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries…We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms.”
Today’s Information Warriors are the best-trained, best-educated and most committed warriors in our country’s history. The books on this list cover a wide range of topics to include the pillars of Naval Information Warfare, leadership, history, strategic thinking, toughness, warfighting, and strategic competition. Reading books recommended by the men and women who lead our community will make us better information warriors, ready to defend freedom and democracy.
With more than 100 books, our hope is that you see a few that draw your attention and inspire you to learn more. It all starts with reading the first book, but do not limit yourself to reading just the books on this list. Discover other books that interest you, and apply the lessons that can be learned from the experience of others.
“Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flat-footed by any situation, never at a loss for how
any problem has been addressed (successfully or unsuccessfully) before. It doesn’t give me all the
answers, but it lights what is often a dark path ahead.” – Former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis
Happy reading and HOOYAH!
— VADM Kelly A. Aeschbach Commander, Naval Information Forces
|1||Electronic Warfare in the Information Age||Schleher, D Curtis|
|2||Tactics and Techniques of Electronic Warfare||Nalty, Bernard C|
|3||Instruments of Darkness: The History of Electronic Warfare, 1939-1945 (Revised, Expanded)||Price, Alfred|
|4||The Invention That Changed the World: The Story of Radar from War to Peace (Revised)||Buderi, Robert|
|2||A Sailor’s History of the U.S. Navy||Cutler, Thomas J|
|3||A Soldier’s Story||Bradley, Omar N|
|4||Learning War: The Evolution of Fighting Doctrine in the U.S. Navy, 1898-1945||Hone, Trent|
|5||Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present||Oren, Michael B|
|6||Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and Nelson’s Battle of Trafalgar||Nicolson, Adam|
|7||The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944||Toll, Ian W|
|8||The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command||Gordon, Andrew|
|9||Tanker War: America’s First Conflict with Iran, 1987-88||Zatarain, Lee Allen|
|1||Dorwart’s History of the Office of Naval Intelligence 1865-1945||Dorwart, Jeffery M|
|2||Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying||Olson, James M|
|3||Miracle at Midway||Prange, Gordon W|
|4||Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War||Sulick, Michael J|
|5||The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal||Hoffman, David E|
|6||And I Was There: Pearl Harbor and Midway–Breaking the Secrets||Layton, Edwin T|
|7||The Admirals Advantage: U.S. Navy Operational Intelligence in World War II and the Cold War||Ford, Christopher A|
|1||Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100||Kaku, Michio|
|2||Space Warfare: Strategy, Principles and Policy||Klein, John J|
|3||The Right Stuff (Second Edition, Revised)||Wolfe, Tom|
|4||This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age||Burrows, William E|
|5||Navy’s Needs in Space for Providing Future Capabilities||National Research Council|
|1||@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex||Harris, Shane|
|2||Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae||Pressfield, Steven|
|3||Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (Anniversary)||Diamond, Jared|
|4||Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations||Walzer, Michael|
|5||Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World||McChrystal, Stanley|
|6||The Good Shepherd||Forester, C S|
|7||The Good Soldiers||Finkel, David|
|8||The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare||Brose, Christian|
|9||The Moon is Down||Steinbeck, John|
|10||The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power (Revised)||Boot, Max|
|11||War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century||Patrikarakos, David|
|12||When the Tempest Gathers: From Mogadishu to the Fight Against ISIS, a Marine Special Operations Commander at War||Milburn, Andrew|
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