Commander's Recommended Books:


        Strengths Finder 2.0
Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more. While you can read this book in one sitting, you'll use it as a reference for decades.

          Engage with Honor
Honor and accountability are linked together as a formula for great leadership, and a healthy mindset of accountability can inspire every team and organization to achieve a higher level of performance.

        Managing Generation Z
A new generation is entering the American workforce―Gen Z, the age cohort born after 1996. Having grown up with smartphones, social media, emoji-speak, helicopter parenting, and no expectation of privacy...

            The Infinite Game
How do we win a game that has no end? Finite games, like football or chess, have known players, fixed rules, and a clear endpoint. The winners and losers are easily identified. Infinite games, games with no finish line...

          Essence of Decision
One of the most influential political science works written in the post World War II era, the Second Edition of this classic text is a fresh reinterpretation of the theories and events surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis...

          The Logic of American
             Nuclear Strategy

For decades, the reigning scholarly wisdom about nuclear weapons policy has been that the United States only needs the ability to absorb an enemy nuclear attack and still be able to...

         Shadows on The Wall
Examines and contrasts the three alternative philosophical positions about the nature of the international system and patterns of human behavior that underline three competing narratives seen in U.S. public debate regarding ...

              Nuclear Deterrence
           in the 21st Century

Provides an eloquent review and essential update of deterrence theory, focusing a critical eye on nuclear deterrence during the Cold War...

       The Case for U.S. Nuclear
   Weapons in the 21st Century

This book is a counter to the conventional wisdom that the United States can and should do more to reduce both the role of nuclear weapons in its security strategies. 

    The Great American Gamble
Examines the past, present and prospective future of U.S. deterrence theory, strategic forces, nuclear weapons and policy. It provides a detailed explanation of the competing schools of deterrence theory...

    The Dragons and the Snakes
Just two decades ago, observers spoke of the US as a "hyperpower"--a nation with more relative power than any empire in history. Yet as early as 1993, CIA director James Woolsey pointed out that although Western powers had ...

            Destined for War
China and the United States are heading toward a war neither wants. The reason is Thucydides’s Trap: when a rising power threatens to displace a ruling one, violence is the likeliest result. Over the past five hundred years, these conditions have occurred sixteen times...

       Strategies of Containment
Carries the history of containment through the end of the Cold War. Beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt's postwar plans, Gaddis provides a thorough critical analysis of George F. Kennan's original strategy of containment, NSC 68.

Commander's Recommended Podcasts:


               The Fourth Leg
The Institute for Security and Technology designs and advances solutions to the world’s toughest emerging security threats. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit network based in the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to solving critical...

          Horns of a Dilemma
Horns of a Dilemma (podcast) is brought to you by the Texas National Security Review, this podcast features lectures, interviews, and panel discussions at the University of Texas.

             Net Assessment
Hosts Melanie Marlowe and Christopher Preble debate their way through some of the toughest and most contentious topics related to war, international relations, and strategy. This podcast is brought to you by War on the Rocks.