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.

The non-military reading literature below does NOT constitute commercial endorsement or sponsorship of any goods or services by the District of Columbia National Guard.

List 1: For all of District of Columbia National Guard


National Security Strategy of the United States of America

National Strategy for Combating Terrorism and Illicit Financing 2022

National Military Strategy

Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession Link

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

2022 National Defense Strategy

• Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging

• Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well


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


Army People First Task Force Handbook

SEC ARMY Note to Field (8 FEB 2022)

2022 National Guard Bureau Posture Statement

Army 2022 Posture Statement

FM 3-0_Operations.pdf (army.mil)


FM 6-0_CDR & Staff Organization.pdf (army.mil)

CSA_PAPER-02_Army In Military Competition.pdf

Army Institutional Strategy (2022)

FM 4-0_Sustainment.pdf


STRATEGY_NOTE_2022-01_Army Climate Strategy.pdf

National Security Strategy_OCT 2022.pdf

2022 National Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review, and Missile Defense Review


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


2022 National Guard Posture Statement

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

Accelerate Change or Lose

CSAF Action Orders to Accelerate Change Across the Air Force

AFI 1-1, Air Force Standards

Air Force Doctrine Public 1 - The Air Force

Platoon Leader

A Profession of Arms: Our Core Values


The Enlisted Force Structure



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

• The Audacity of Hope - by Barack Obama

• Make your Bed – by William H. McRaven

• The Face of Battle – by John Keegan

Leadership and Self-Deception

Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough


List 5: For CGO, WO1/WO2, 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

• Citizen Soldiers – by Stephen E, Ambrose

• The Story of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps – by Arnold G. Fisch

• Guardians of the Republic – by Ernest F. Fisher Jr.

• “CW2” by Lane Heath

• “Leading Up” by Michael Useum

The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare by Christian Brose

The Coaching Habit:  Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier

Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life by James Kerr

AFI 1-2, Commander's Responsibilities


List 6: For FGO, WO3/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

• Start with Why – by Simon Sinek

• Principles of Maritime Strategy – by Julian S. Corbett

• Five Levels of Leadership – by John C. Maxwell

• “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” by Marshall Goldsmith

• “Leaders” by General Stanley McChrystal

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle

Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds by Christina Olds, Robin Olds, Ed Rasimus

Lincoln On Leadership by Donald Thomas Phillips

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown


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

• Top Sergeant – by William G. Bainbridge

• An Army for Empire – by Graham A. Cosmas

• Battle Cry of Freedom – by James M. McPherson

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

2034: A Novel of the Next World War by Elliot Ackerman, James Stavridis

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin


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

• “The Art of Power” by Jon Meacham

• “Superbosses” by Sydney Finkelstein