US Joint Forces Afghanistan pre-deployment reading list

R030123ZDEC16: Here's the US Joint Forces Afghanistan pre-deployment reading list! The three sections have a fair bit of overlap, and most of these are books that have been seen here before, but there are a few selections that are new. 6 Nightmares: The Real Threats to American Security looks interesting. Enjoy!

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  1. On Dec 03 kcholbert (USAF) read Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication (MCDP) 1-2, Campaigning 1 August 1997 by United States Marine Corps
  2. On Dec 03 kcholbert (USAF) read Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication MCDP 1-3 Tactics 30 July 1997 by United States Marine Corps
  3. On Dec 03 kcholbert (USAF) read U.S. Marine Corps Strategy (MCDP 1-1) by United States Marine Corps
  4. On Dec 03 kcholbert (USAF) read Marine Corps Doctrinal Population MCDP 6 Command and Control by United States Marine Corps
  5. On Nov 02 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".

  6. On Oct 30 john Andrew lowe read Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship by Edward Cox
  7. On Oct 17 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Soldiers of God: With Islamic Warriors in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Robert D. Kaplan and commented:

    Interesting reading a later edition with a preface that talks about changes since it was written. This reminded me of "War at the Top of the World" by Eric Margolis when it talked about how demanding just staying in, let alone fighting in, Afghanistan is.

  8. On Oct 17 kcholbert (USAF) read The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA by Antonio J. Mendez
  9. On Oct 14 kcholbert (USAF) read The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel by Adam Johnson
  10. On Oct 04 kcholbert (USAF) read Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization by John Wooden
  11. On Oct 04 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban by Stephen Tanner and commented:

    A thorough overview. The bits about the British experience in the 1800s are particularly gripping, as one would expect.

  12. On Sep 28 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character by Jonathan Shay and commented:

    IIRC, "Quartered Safe Out Here" has some counterpoints on Paul Fussell's comments.

  13. On Sep 24 colleen (USA) read Sustaining the Transformation MCRP 6-11D by U. S. Marine Corps
  14. On Sep 17 colleen (USA) read American Spartans: The U.S. Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq by James A. Warren
  15. On Sep 15 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander by Gary Berntsen and commented:

    Good stuff. Kind of heavy with the redacted sections, but that's a point he's trying to make. I like the opening anecdote when he talks about his first day in USAF boot camp and how he realized "whoa, I've been wasting my life."

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