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COMMANDER'S READING LIST
Updated: 5/24/2021 11:26:33 AM
Disclaimer: all comments about books have been derived and gathered from other original sources
Military Leadership
Book Title Author Comments
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World Stanley McChrystal General (R) Big, lumbering organizations often dream of possessing the qualities inherent to small outfits. So what will hapen if you can combine the cohesion, agility, and adaptability of a small team with the capabilities of a big organization?
The Art of War Sun Tzu Rational planning and conduct of military operations. An ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the Late Spring and Autumn Period (roughly 5th century BC). The work, which is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist.
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders L. David Marquet From the vantage point of the Commander of the USS Santa Fe, read how the crew completely turned the ship around, going from worst to first by questioning many of our basic leadership assumptions and shifting from take-control authority to give-control empowerment.
Military Strategy
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The American Way of War: History of United States Military Strategy and Policy Russell Weigley A tactical “way of battle” involving an aggressive style of warfare to overwhelm and destroy enemy forces to acquire a decisive and quick victory with minimal casualties, and a strategic “way of war” where the desired political and military outcomes do not necessarily align.
Military Conflict
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Rise and Fall of the Great Powers Paul Kennedy Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000, by Paul Kennedy, first published in 1987, explores the politics and economics of the Great Powers from 1500 to 1980 and the reason for their decline.
Leadership/Motivational
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Leaders Eat Last Simon Sinek Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't? Simon Sinek's mission is to help people wake up every day inspired to go to work and return home every night fulfilled by their work.
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know Adam Brant Rethinking. Think Again reveals that we don't have to believe everything we think or internalize everything we feel. It's an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don't know is wisdom.
Uncommon: Finding your path to significance Tony Dungy In Uncommon, Dungy reveals secrets to achieving significance that he has learned from his remarkable parents, his athletic and coaching career, his mentors, and his walk with God. You followed his life journey from Michigan kid to Super Bowl-winning coach in the #1 New York Times bestseller Quiet Strength.
Tribal Leadership Dave Logan, John King,
Halee Fischer-Wright
Tribal Leadership is an essential tool that helps business leaders lead by utilizing the unique characteristics of the tribes that exist within.
Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & Flow Dominica DeGrandis The solution is to design and use a workflow system that does the following five things: Make work visible. Limit work-in-progress (WIP). Measure and manage the flow of work. Prioritize effectively.
Business Management
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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ...and Others Don't James C. Collins Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't is a management book that talks about 11 Fortune 500 companies that were great and what set them apart from their competitors. It describes how companies transition from being good companies to great companies, and how most companies fail to make the transition.
The Effective Manager Mark Horstman The how-to guide for exceptional management from the bottom up. The Effective Manager is a hands-on practical guide to great management at every level.
Getting to Yes: Negotiating An Agreement Without Giving In Roger Fisher, Bruce Patton,
William Ury
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In is a best-selling 1981 non-fiction book by Roger Fisher and William L. Ury. Subsequent editions in 1991 and 2011 added Bruce Patton as co-author. All of the authors were members of the Harvard Negotiation.
Business/Information Technology
Book Title Author Comments
Blind Spot - A Leader’s Guide to IT-Enabled Business Transformation Charlie Field Describes a framework developed and enriched by Charlie Feld over the last 30 years in a variety of organizations, including Frito-Lay, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot, and Southwest Airlines.
DevSecOps
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Continuous Testing for DevOps Professionals: A Practical Guide Eran Kinsbruner Continuous Testing for DevOps Professionals is the definitive guide for DevOps teams and covers the best practices required to excel at Continuous Testing (CT) at each step of the DevOps pipeline.
The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win Gene Kim, George Spafford,
and Kevin Behr
The business novel tells the story of an IT manager who has ninety days to rescue an over-budget and late IT initiative, code-named The Phoenix Project.
The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations Gene Kim, Patric Debois,
John Willis, Jez Humble,
John Allspaw
Following in the footsteps of The Phoenix Project, The DevOps Handbook shows leaders how to replicate these incredible outcomes, by showing how to integrate Product Management, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Information Security to elevate your company and win in the marketplace.
Contemporary Technical Issues
Book Title Author Comments
T-Minus AI: Humanity's Countdown to Artificial Intelligence and the New Pursuit of Global Power Michael Kanaan Late in 2017, the global significance of the conversation about artificial intelligence (AI) changed forever. China put the world on alert when it released a plan to dominate all aspects of AI across the planet.
2034: A Novel of the Next World War Elliot Ackerman From two former military officers and award-winning authors, a chillingly authentic geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034--and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.
Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It András Tilcsik and
Chris Clearfield
A groundbreaking take on how complexity causes failure in all kinds of modern systems–from social media to air travel–this practical and entertaining book reveals how we can prevent meltdowns in business and life.
DISA e-Learning
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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson,
and Ron McMillan
Changed the way millions communicate “[Crucial Conversations] draws our attention to those defining moments that literally shape our lives, our relationships, and our world.
Leading Geeks: How to Manage the People Who Deliver Technology Paul Glen Leading Geeks challenges the conventional wisdom that leadership methods are universal and gives executives and managers the understanding they need to manage and lead the technologists on whom they have become so dependent.
Leadership Lessons from West Point Doug Crandal Contains candid reflections, compelling stories, best practices, and frontline ideas that will open a window into the world of leadership development where the values of duty, honor, and country set the standard for professional excellence.
Additional Recommended Reading
Book Title Author Comments
Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership John C. Maxwell Author and leadership expert answers questions from his readers about what it takes to be in charge and make a difference.
The Lost Art of Listening Michael P. Nichols One person talks; the other listens. It's so basic that we take it for granted. Unfortunately, most of us think of ourselves as better listeners than we actually are. Why do we so often fail to connect when speaking with others?
Legacy James Kerr It is a book about leading a team or an organization - but, more importantly, about leading a life.
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure Jonathan Haidt and
Greg Lukianoff
According to the author, in the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.
A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas Warren Berger Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool.
The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything Stephen M. R. Covey Stephen M. R. Covey shows how trust—and the speed at which it is established with clients, employees, and all stakeholders—is the single most critical component of a successful leader and organization.
How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery Kevin Ashton Stephen M. R. Covey shows how trust—and the speed at which it is established with clients, employees, and all stakeholders—is the single most critical component of a successful leader and organization.
Democracy's Arsenal: Creating a Twenty-First-Century Defense Industry Jacques S. Gansler New geopolitical realities -- including terrorism, pandemics, rogue nuclear states, resource conflicts, insurgencies, mass migration, economic collapse, and cyber-attacks -- have created a dramatically different national-security environment for America.
The Dilbert Principle: Why Companies Promote Incompetent Employees Scott Adams The theory states that companies tend to systematically promote their least-competent employees to management positions. They do this to limit the damage they can do since they're more likely to make mistakes.
We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young: Ia Drang - the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam Hal Moore and
Joseph L. Galloway
1st BN, 7th Cav, commanded by Lt. Col. Moore accompanied by reporter Galloway, helicoptered into Vietnam's remote Ia Drang Valley and found itself surrounded by a numerically superior force of North Vietnamese regulars. This is their detailed account, of what happened during the four-day battle. Much more than a conventional battle study, the book is a frank record of the emotional reactions of the GIs to the terror and horror of this violent and bloody encounter. Both sides claimed victory.
DoD Instructions
DoDI 8330.01 (draft), Interoperability of Information Technology (IT), Including National Security Systems (NSS)
DoDI 5000.XX Series (Adaptive Acquisition Framework)
DoDI 5000.74, Defense Acquisition of Services
DoDI 5000.75, Business Systems Requirements and Acquisition
DoDI 5000.80, Operation of the Middle Tier of Acquisition (MTA)
DoDI 500.81 Urgent Capability Acquisition
DoDI 5000.85, Major Capability Acquisition
DoDI 5000.87, Operation of the Software Acquisition Pathway
DoDI 5000.89 Test and Evaluation
DISA / JITC 2021