Nearly two centuries ago, Samuel Southard, the Secretary of the Navy, ordered that every ship in the fledgling U.S. Navy be provided with a professional library of thirty-seven books on topics including mathematics, history, and phi- losophy. It was recognized in the earliest days of our Navy that a robust reading program could greatly improve the quality of the force. This is no less true to- day. In October 2012, in conjunction with the Navy’s 237th birthday, the Navy launched the new Chief of Naval Operations’ Professional Reading Program (CNO-PRP).
Jackson, John E.
"Reflections on Reading,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 66
, Article 19.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol66/iss1/19