Information Warriors,

As Commander and Force Master Chief for Naval Information Forces, we believe there has never been a more critical time to ensure our personnel are prepared to answer the call. In this era of Great Power Competition, it is critical that we cultivate a constant focus on learning and growing professionally and personally.

Information Warriors must continue to hone their skills and grow as leaders to drive our culture. We believe the books listed, generated by a variety of community leaders, will help build this culture and foster curiosity and learning.

John F. Kennedy, former President of the United States said, “If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries…We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms.”

Today’s Information Warriors are the best-trained, best-educated and most committed warriors in our country’s history. The books on this list cover a wide range of topics to include the pillars of Naval Information Warfare, leadership, history, strategic thinking, toughness, warfighting, and strategic competition. Reading books recommended by the men and women who lead our community will make us better information warriors, ready to defend freedom and democracy.

With more than 100 books, our hope is that you see a few that draw your attention and inspire you to learn more. It all starts with reading the first book, but do not limit yourself to reading just the books on this list. Discover other books that interest you, and apply the lessons that can be learned from the experience of others.

Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flat-footed by any situation, never at a loss for how any problem has been addressed (successfully or unsuccessfully) before. It doesn’t give me all the answers, but it lights what is often a dark path ahead.

– Former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis

Happy reading and HOOYAH!

VADM Kelly A. Aeschbach                           FORCM D.C. Twiford
Commander, Naval Information              Forces Force Master Chi