The Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading and Learning Program encourages a lifelong habit of reading and learning for all Sailors.
Reading, discussing, and understanding the ideas found in the CNO PRP will not only improve our critical thinking skills, but will also help us become better Sailors, citizens, and most importantly, leaders. This list is not intended to limit professional reading or learning in any way, but merely to provide easy access to a few of the many titles that will benefit our service.
This updated reading list is aligned with the Chief of Naval Operations’ tenets and Lines of Effort: Strengthening Naval Power at and from the Sea; Achieving High Velocity Learning at Every Level; Strengthening Our Navy Team for the Future; and Expanding and Strengthening our Network of Partners. These LOEs have themes common to all Sailors — Integrity, Accountability, Initiative, and Toughness.
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