Naval War College Review

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Reflections on Reading


John E. Jackson


In October 2006, on the occasion of the 231st anniversary of the U.S. Navy, the service gave itself a birthday present, in the form of the Navy Professional Read- ing Program (NPRP). This multifaceted program replaced what had commonly been known as the “Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Reading List” and the “Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Reading List.” The CNO did not want a reading list, he wanted a reading program—the difference being a Navy commit- ment to making the books readily available in shipboard, squadron, and base li- braries, as opposed to simply identifying them for consideration.