CNO Updates Professional Reading Program

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday released an update to the CNO Professional Reading Program, May 6.
WASHINGTON (May 6, 2022) This is a graphic, made for Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday's Professional Reading List 2022. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Amanda Gray/Released)
CNO Gilday Reading List Graphic

220506-N-BL637-1001 WASHINGTON (May 6, 2022) This is a graphic, made for Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday’s Professional Reading List 2022. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Amanda Gray/Released)

WASHINGTON – Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday released an update to the CNO Professional Reading Program, May 6.

The CNO-Professional Reading Program consists of 12 books, and is a mix of writing genres including fiction, non-fiction, military, strategy, management, and technology, among others.

“A learning mindset is essential to accelerating our warfighting advantage,” said Gilday. “A Navy that learns, adapts, and improves the fastest will be the most successful. Knowledge sharing is essential to creating a learning culture.”

The goal of the program is to contribute to a culture dedicated to warfighting and learning, while simultaneously supporting the personal and professional development of Sailors beyond that of their primary designator or rating.

“We are driving a fleet-wide campaign of self-improvement,” said Gilday. “We must foster an organization that supports and empowers Sailors to have an independent quest for knowledge through reading and information sharing. What you know and how fast you learn is relevant in this era of strategic competition.”

The following books are included in the newly released update:

  1. “To Rule the Waves” by Bruce Jones
  2. “A Brief Guide to Maritime Strategy” by James Holmes
  3. “China as a 21st Century Naval Power” by Michael. A. McDevitt
  4. “Not One Inch” by Mary E. Sarotte
  5. The Sailor’s Bookshelf: Fifty Books to Know the Sea” by Admiral James G. Stavridis
  6. “Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War” by Paul Scharre
  7. “Fortune Favors Boldness” by Barry Costello
  8. “The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour” by James Hornfischer
  9. “World War II at Sea: A Global History” by Craig Symonds
  10. “Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield” by Gayle T. Lemmon
  11. “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown
  12. “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck

Link to CNO’s Professional Reading Program website: https://www.navy.mil/CNO-Professional-Reading-Program/.

Most of the books are available at no cost to Sailors in both e-Book and digital audio format from the Navy MWR digital library collection. Eligible patrons can download the books through: https://www.navymwrdigitallibrary.org.

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