Chief of Naval Operations

Professional Reading Program



Warfare is a violent, intellectual contest between thinking and adapting adversaries. The team that can think better and adapt faster will win. As we prepare for operations and war with an increasingly complex set of potential adversaries, we must do more to sharpen our thinking, learn the lessons from history, and expand our minds.

The books on this list are those that have influenced my leadership development. It is our responsibility as leaders to continue to grow and to always question the status quo. These books have helped me do just that. If you find just one book on this list that challenges you as a leader, then it has been a success. I encourage you to discuss what has challenged you as a leader in our new forum. Remember to never stop striving to expand your mind.

- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson


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