Naval War College Review

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Reflections on Reading


John E. Jackson


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).