Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Professional Military Reading List

(source) As leaders of the Armed Forces of the United States progress in their development, they should expand their horizons to encompass familiarity with other Services and develop an informed perspective on joint warfare. The following readings complement and do not replace the professional reading lists developed by each Service.

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