Navy Reading is the official website of the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program (CNO PRP), and is maintained by CNO PRP program managers at the U.S. Naval War College.

The CNO PRP encourages a lifelong habit of reading and learning for all Sailors.

Reading, discussing, and understanding the ideas found in the CNO PRP will not only improve our critical thinking skills, but will also help us become better Sailors, citizens, and most importantly, leaders.  This list is not intended to limit professional reading in any way, but merely to provide easy access to a few of the many titles that will benefit our service.

This updated reading list is aligned with the Chief of Naval Operations’ tenets, key considerations from the CNO’s Sailing Directions, and was formally rolled out to the Fleet in October 2012 in NAVADMIN 309/12 in conjunction with the Navy’s 237th birthday.

The books are organized in two categories. The “Essential Reading” list was distributed in hard copy to commands throughout the Navy during the last quarter of calendar year 2012.  The “Recommended Reading” list is comprised of books that are of historical and current relevance in today’s strategic and operational environments. Many books on both lists are available as e-books through the Navy General Library Program both online and via Navy Knowledge Online (NKO).


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