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Posted: 5/15/2016 5:56:23 PM EST
I am in the process of putting together a professional reading program for Company grade officers in an Infantry unit. Looking for possible suggestions of articles, vignettes - similar to what you would find in professional reading journals. Combat of arms related, obviously open source.

Here are a few examples of some of stories that I plan on adding to the program:

https://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/2014/06/story-failed-accountability

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/PUB1250.pdf

http://strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/parameters/Articles/2010winter/Dunlap_Jr.pdf

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Link Posted: 5/22/2016 7:45:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/22/2016 7:49:15 PM EST by RangerJoe11]
Kilcullen: Counterinsurgency
Kilcullen: The Accidental Guerrilla
Gorka: Defeating Jihad
Puckett: Words for Warriors
McCormack: Brief
Frederick: Black Hearts

Then get into Army doctrine. I find, myself included, we read way more books and not enough doctrine. Yes, the shit is rough to read but has to be done.

ETA: A post about reading and I failed to read, instead of articles you got books.
Kilcullen: 28 Articles
Maj Gant: One Tribe at a Time
Link Posted: 5/24/2016 11:04:02 PM EST
My favorite at IOBC was "Duffer's Drift" It is a great fictional account of a British Subaltern during the Boer War. He is presented with a tactical problem in a defensive situation. His unit dies every night when he dreams about it. By the end of the book, he learns from his mistakes and prevails.
Link Posted: 5/25/2016 5:17:11 AM EST
Here's a good one:
What ISIS Really Wants
This is a good read - one of the better short explanations of ISIS and what they might really be looking to do...

Books:
The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor by Jake Tapper
- I'm in the USAF so I can't tell you if everything was accurate in this book but it shows how Americans react during the worst situations and then prevail. Probably a good lessons learned type discussion.

On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Lt Col Dave Grossman (ret)
- Very interesting look at how soldiers have been trained through the years and why it seems we see more service members with PTSD now than before.
Link Posted: 6/25/2016 8:40:25 AM EST
More leadership/management related but very applicable to Officers/NCOs

Start with Why - Simon Sinek
Leaders Eat Last - Simon Sinek
Blink - Malcom Gladwell
Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (the most 'military related' out of my list)
Spider and the Starfish - Ori Brafman
Winning - Jack Welch


That's a good start... My spelling might be off but what I've posted should help!

Link Posted: 6/27/2016 5:38:03 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/27/2016 5:41:21 AM EST by CavScout8]
The Tiger's Way by H. John Poole
https://www.amazon.com/Tigers-Way-Privates-Chance-Survival/dp/0963869566

Lights Out by David Crawford
https://www.amazon.com/Lights-Out-David-Crawford/dp/0615427359

Second one is fictional, but much lighter reading than the first one. Also, just a great story and actually very informational. Makes one more adaptable I think.
Link Posted: 6/27/2016 5:52:58 AM EST
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My favorite at IOBC was "Duffer's Drift" It is a great fictional account of a British Subaltern during the Boer War. He is presented with a tactical problem in a defensive situation. His unit dies every night when he dreams about it. By the end of the book, he learns from his mistakes and prevails.
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I will second this. It is a great story. And while not open source, "Platoon Leader" by James McDonough is a great Vietnam memoir.

FM 7-8...
Link Posted: 9/1/2016 10:21:18 PM EST
"The Defence of Duffer's Drift"
Link Posted: 9/19/2016 9:27:11 PM EST
The Mission, The Men, and Me.
Link Posted: 10/12/2016 1:25:15 PM EST
Gates of Fire - Pressfield
The Afghan Campaign - Pressfield

And while it hurts my black heart to recommend books about the Navy, there are some great leadership stuff in these two:

Last of the Tin Can Sailors - James Hornfischer
Neptune's Inferno - James Hornfischer

GEN Odierno's reading list (couldn't find Milley's)...this is "The Army as a Profession" portion:

http://www.history.army.mil/html/books/105/105-1-1/CMH_Pub_105-5-1_2013.pdf
Link Posted: 12/21/2016 7:45:23 PM EST
Dudes need to study basic geography, demographics, and regional history, and culture.

I start with the assumption that if they are products of the modern schooling system, they likely don't know much about anything.

The old FM 7-8 from the 1970s with the plastic camo binder blows away any 7-8 they have come up with since.

Another major pump for John Poole's books.

He has a whole collection of books that focus on regional culture, geography, micro terrain, smuggling networks, and how to integrate your assets to adapt to the nuances of different areas in the world.

You're a fool not to dive into his work. Last Hundred Yards is mandatory, in my opinion.
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