Recommended Reading

We know that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for professional development – that’s exactly why we emphasize mentoring. When it comes to resources, this is even more true. Here are some of the other places that are leading the way.

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  • Angry Staff Officer
    Peddling history, alcohol, defense, and sometimes all three at once. The author of this blog is himself an on-again, off-again angry staff officer, meandering the warrens of Army doctrine, one dog-eared page at a time. Most often focused on historical events, national security, and occasional rants on Army doctrine.

    Angry Staff Officer

  • Ask Skipper
    A place for discussions about the Sea services. Mostly.

    Ask Skipper

  • Carrying the Gun
    Writings about war, ethics, the Army, and the military as a profession. The author is a former enlisted Infantryman who took a break from service to go back to school and then returned to serve again.

    Carrying the Gun

  • Doctrine Man!!
    Launched in 2010, Doctrine Man is a comic superhero devoted to furthering professional discourse on key national security issues and military community advocacy, with a little humor on the side. All sane voices welcome.

    “Truth, Justice, and a Sucker Punch of Snark”

    Doctrine Man!!

  • From The Green Notebook
    I’m a combat arms officer in the United States Army with over ten years of experience in garrison and combat environments. Throughout my career, I’ve been extremely fortunate to have mentors who have positively influenced my professional development and have encouraged me to “nail my whispers to the wall.” This blog represents only my personal views. I do not plan on using this space as a platform to complain or provide satirical observations. I want to use this medium to add my thoughts to an already existing expert body of knowledge.

    From The Green Notebook

  • John Q. Public
    An active news feed about military, veteran, and defense issues with a heavy focus on Air Force issues.

    John Q. Public

  • The Military Leader
    The Military Leader is designed to provide leaders of all professions with resources and insight they can use to develop themselves and their organizations. The author is an Infantry officer with 15 years experience and four deployments to Iraq/Afghanistan. He has been a student of leadership for two decades and designed The Military Leader to help other leaders develop themselves and grow their organizations.

    The Military Leader

  • Modern War Institute
    The War Council blog aims to inform our readers about the complexities of modern warfare through original and daily content from our stable of regular contributors. Our goal is to create an online conversation to disseminate and debate original and innovative ideas, viewpoints, and analysis as a way of enhancing our cadets’ and other readers’ understanding of the modern battlefield.

    The Modern War Institute (MWI) at West Point is a national resource within the Department of Military Instruction that studies recent and on-going conflicts to prepare present and future leaders to win in a complex world.  Leveraging the intellectual capital unique to West Point, the MWI faculty use a research, educate, and integrate model to remain academically grounded, operationally connected to the force, and fully engaged with cadets and the military program curriculum.

    Modern War Institute

  • ProDev2Go
    The author describes himself and his blog as follows: “I’m a Tanker from Kentucky who believes the two biggest contributions one can make in life are being a good Father and helping to develop our nation’s future Leaders. I started ProDev2Go to teach and develop others using the lessons I’ve learned over the past 20+ years.


  • Quad Shot Warrior
    Caffeine fueled leadership insights from a U.S. Army Veteran turned executive coach. Leadership Counts!

    The author is an experienced leader and coach with a proven record of leading and developing others to perform at higher levels and improve their overall effectiveness. He is passionate about learning and developing others to improve as leaders. The author brings lessons from over 25 years of experience leading in U.S. Army Infantry, Cavalry, and Armor units in a wide range of assignments, to include leading soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea.

    Quad Shot Warrior

  • USNI Blog
    The forum for sharing new ideas and promoting the development of the sea services from the publishers of Proceedings the U.S. Naval Institutes print edition.

    USNI Blog


Online Journals
  • The Bridge
    An international journal focused on strategy, national security, & military affairs.

    The Bridge

  • Small Wars Journal
    Small Wars Journal publishes original works from authentic voices across the spectrum of stakeholders in small wars. We also link you to relevant goings on elsewhere. Small Wars Journal facilitates the exchange of information among practitioners, thought leaders, and students of Small Wars, in order to advance knowledge and capabilities in the field.

    Small Wars Journal

  • Task & Purpose
     Task & Purpose is a news and culture site geared toward the next great generation of American veterans. We offer an outlet for well-written analysis and commentary on veterans and greater military affairs.

    Task & Purpose

  • War on the Rocks
     War on the Rocks is a platform for analysis, commentary, debate and multimedia content on foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens. It features articles and podcasts produced by an array of writers with deep experience in these matters: top notch scholars who study war, those who have served or worked in war zones, and more than a few who have done it all.

    War on the Rocks



    • Air & Space Power Journal
      The professional and peer-reviewed journal of the U.S. Air Force, fostering intellectual discussion and debate among air, space, and cyber power leaders, both domestically and internationally.

      Air & Space Power Journal

    • Armed Forces Journal
      A leading joint-service journal of commentary and ideas for US military officers and leaders in the defense community. Offers ideas and perspectives on military strategy, doctrine, technology, procurement, logistics, and more.

      Armed Forces Journal

    • Joint Force Quarterly
      NDU Press produces Joint Force Quarterly in concert with ongoing education and research at National Defense University in support of the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. JFQ is the Chairman’s joint military and security studies journal designed to inform and educate national security professionals on joint and integrated operations; whole of government contributions to national security policy and strategy; homeland security; and developments in training and joint military education to better equip America’s military and security apparatus to meet tomorrow’s challenges while protecting freedom today.

      Joint Force Quarterly

    • Military Review
       The Army’s official forum for publishing original thought and debate on the art and science of land warfare. Our authors and readers comprise researchers, politicians, leaders, academics, and heads of industry.

      Military Review

    • NCO Journal
      The official magazine of U.S. Army non-commissioned officer professional development.

      NCO Journal

    • Parameters
      The official publication of the Army War College with articles of mature thought on topics of current interest to senior Army officers and the defense community. Focus is on the art and science of land warfare, national and international security affairs, military strategy, senior leadership, ethics, and military history with contemporary relevance.


    • Proceedings
      The official publication of the U.S. Navy’s professional organization. USNI’s goal is to provide an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense.


    • Prism
      The Center for Complex Operations publishes scholarly, independent research from security policymakers and shapers, security analysts, academic specialists, and civilians.



    Other Resources
    • Army Press Blog
      Research and analysis from Army professionals and civilians published online by the same editors of Military Review

      Army Press Blog

    • Best Defense
      Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for 20 years for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He is the author of five books about the military.

      Best Defense

    • Sailor Bob
      An incredibly well moderated forum for Naval topics of interest with an emphasis on SWO issues.

      Sailor Bob

    • FORSCOM Leader Development
      The central library for official Army leader development resources. Over the last two years, this has become an even more useful and relevant data base as the Army has shifted towards the Human Dimension and published FM 6-22 Leader Development.

      FORSCOM Leader Development

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