Best Defense

Take a look, it’s in a book: A rainbow of reading lists for the Best Defenders

I run a lot of reading lists, but this is one tailor-made for youse.

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I run a lot of reading lists, but this is one tailor-made for youse.

This one is by Barno & Bensahel, crafted for the new members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

And you can never go wrong getting lessons from Field Marshal Slim.

Also, here is a reading list about intelligence — someone’s top 10. Top it off with a top 10 on cybersecurity.

And here is a list of the best writing about our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I also liked this list of reading suggestions for infantry recruits.

Speaking of which, here is an introduction to the future of forever war, chased by a look at future terrorist weapons.

Plus, what you need to read about the Iran deal. Speaking of which, here are the books President Obama took on vacation. And here is a list of the best bios of each president.

And here is a refresher course on modern thinking about strategy in business. No, not directly about warfare. But helpful by analogy.

On the other hand, a look at why a terrific war correspondent, C.J. Chivers, has decided to move on.

Finally, here are a bunch of war movie lists — Cold War, Civil War, World War II, small wars, and more.

P.S. — Here is David Byrne’s reading list for music. Good example of thoroughness in a given area. I bought the one about Bourbon Street musicians.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1
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