IBOLC reading list

R130007ZJAN17: Here's the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course reading ilst. Mostly classics but a few new items, such as The Outpost. Enjoy!

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  • A strategic warfare reading list (Sean O'Connor's blog)
    An interesting collection from a Jane's specialist on strategic warfare and air defense. Not surprisingly, it includes a few books by Richard Rhodes. The comments on the post have a few interesting papers also.
  • Combat Shooting and Tactics is a LE training outfit in Texas. Their reading list features a couple of books by Dave Grossman, as well as some other classics. "Equal or Greater Force" by Kit Cessna is a new one to me; looks interesting!
  • Mountain Tactical reading list (Mountain Tactical)
    Mountain Tactical is Rob Shaul's training outfit and his reading list has a bunch of good suggestions. Many of his military history selections (The Savage Wars of Peace among them) show up on lists here. The "performance psychology" list has some interesting entries too. A solid selection all around!

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  1. On Jan 13 kcholbert (USAF) read The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa by Michael L. Burgoyne
  2. On Jan 13 kcholbert (USAF) read The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor by Jake Tapper
  3. On Jan 09 kcholbert (USAF) read Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication (MCDP 1-0) Operations by United States Marine Corps
  4. On Jan 05 Tom Copeland (USCG) read War Trash by Ha Jin and commented:

    I hadn't realized this was fiction until I got to the end. Hard to know how realistic it is, although it sure had me fooled.

  5. On Dec 31 2016 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel and commented:

    Fills in the transition from Mao to the modern era nicely. He certainly brought China a long way in 15 years.

  6. On Dec 28 2016 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The White Tiger: A Novel by Aravind Adiga and commented:

    A gripping story about modern India. I'd like to talk to someone from India who's read this and hear what they thought about it.

  7. On Dec 22 2016 kcholbert (USAF) read Run Silent Run Deep by Edward L. Beach
  8. On Dec 20 2016 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P. W. Singer and commented:

    Kind of reminded me of Tom Clancy's "Red Storm Rising" except with newer tech. Some of the same "missile offense vs missile defense" themes. Good use of drones, which is what you'd expect from Singer given his earlier book "Wired for War".

  9. On Dec 14 2016 kcholbert (USAF) read Down Range: To Iraq and Back by Bridget C. Cantrell
  10. On Dec 13 2016 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel by Adam Johnson and commented:

    A brutal walkthrough of the misery of North Korea. A tough read, but a good one.

  11. On Dec 03 2016 kcholbert (USAF) read Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication (MCDP 1-2) Campaigning by United States Marine Corps
  12. On Dec 03 2016 kcholbert (USAF) read Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication (MCDP 1-3) Tactics by United States Marine Corps
  13. On Dec 03 2016 kcholbert (USAF) read Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication (MCDP 1-1) Strategy by United States Marine Corps
  14. On Dec 03 2016 kcholbert (USAF) read Marine Corps Doctrinal Population (MCDP 6) Command and Control by United States Marine Corps
  15. On Nov 02 2016 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Arab-Israeli Wars: War and Peace in the Middle East by Chaim Herzog and commented:

    Having been both a soldier and the prime minister of Israel gives Chaim Herzog a unique perspective from which to write this book. One interesting thing was his position that by executing air strikes deep into Egypt, Israel drove them into the arms of the Soviets. So it was a tactical success but a strategic failure. This reminded me the CIA station chief's opinion in "Charlie Wilson's War", that is, that the US should not try to help the Afghans defeat the Soviets but instead just give them enough to tie up the Soviets in place. The personal anecdotes are really something; he'll say in a matter-of-fact manner "at this point an attack was launched to disable the SAM battery; the author of this book participated in that assault".

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