District of Columbia National Guard Professional Reading List

The District of Columbia National Guard's Professional Reading List is a catalog of professional development tools meant to provoke critical thinking at each level. Crafted by DCNG senior leaders and senior enlisted leadership, the list is a catalog of professional development tools designed to inform, inspire and educate Citizen Soldiers and Citizen Airmen of all ranks in the DCNG.


List 1: For all of District of Columbia National Guard


National Security Strategy of the United States of America

National Strategy for Combating Terrorism

U.S. National Guard by Carla Mooney

Homeland Security by Michael Kerrigan

The Constitution of the United States

Centuries of Service: The U.S. Army 1775–2005 by David W. Hogan, Jr.

For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America by Allan R. Millett and Peter Maslowski


List 2: For all of District of Columbia Army National Guard Citizen Soldiers


The Army Strategy

Army FY20 Posture Statement

Army White Paper: The Army's Framework for Character Development

U.S. Army Weapon Systems Handbook Archive

2019 Army National Guard Bureau Posture Statement


List 3: For all of District of Columbia Air National Guard Citizen Airmen


America’s Air Force: A Call to the Future

USAF FY2020 Posture Plan

Air National Guard Strategic Plan

Air National Guard’s 2019 Weapons Systems Modernization Priorities Book

Air National Guard’s 2019 Domestic Capability Priorities Book


List 4: For Junior Officers (O-1/O-2), (W-1/W-2, Enlisted (E-1/E4), GS-1-6


Starship troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

Band of Brothers: 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose

We were Soldiers Once … and Young: Ia Drang—The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by LTG (Ret.) Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway

In the Company of Heroes by Michael J. Durant

The Warrior Ethos by Steven Pressfield

My Men are My Heroes by Brad Kasal


List 5: For CGO, WO3, E-5/E-6, GS 7-9


The Armed Forces Officer by Albert C. Pierce, Richard Swain

The Future Power by Joseph Nye

The Future of Land Warfare by Michael E. O'Hanlon

Drowned City by Don Brown

Don't get stuck on stupid! By Lt. General Russel L. Honoré

Introduction to Homeland Security: Principles of All-Hazards Risk Management 5th Edition

JP 3-41 – Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Response


List 6: For FGO, WO4, GS-10-14


Responding to Catastrophic Events: Consequence Management and Policies Edited by Jeffrey A. Larsen

Protecting Against Biological and Chemical Attack by Michael Kerrigan

George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century by Mark A. Stoler

On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis

The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Translated by Samuel Griffith

On War by Carl von Clausewitz, Edited and Translated by Michael Howard and Peter Paret

The Mind of War by Grant T. Hammond


List 7: For Senior Enlisted Leaders


The Noncommissioned Officer and Petty Officer BACKBONE of the Armed Forces by a Team of Enlisted Leaders

The Story of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps by David W. Hogan Jr., Robert K. Wright Jr., Arnold G Fisch Jr.

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

Behind The Colors Where NCO Leadership Lives by Command Sgt. Maj. (Retired) Scott C. Schroeder

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Execution – The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan


List 8: For Senior Leaders


Marine Corps generalship by Edgar F Puryear

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly

Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger

War in European History by Michael Howard

Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam by H. R. McMaster

The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton M. Christensen

Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare by Juan Zarate