Atlantic Council Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security senior fellows David Barno and Nora Bensahel produced a reading list for the incoming members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that includes fiction and hybrid fiction works. The following first appeared at Art of Future Warfare project media partner War On The Rocks:
To: The Incoming Joint Chiefs of Staff
From: David Barno and Nora Bensahel
Subject: Your Professional Reading List
Date: July 28, 2015
Cc: War on the Rocks/Strategic Outpost
Welcome to your new positions! You are part of a historic group, since this is the first time in 32 years (and only the fourth time ever) that all of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are turning over within a 12-month period.
One of the most important responsibilities of your new job is growing the right force of the right people who are prepared to dominate the battlefields of the future. Winning that unknown conflict will require not just tough training and the right gear, but critical thinking and breadth of vision. If all goes well, you have four short years to bring about change — and then you become an oil painting decorating the E-Ring. The leaders coming up behind you will own this next fight. They will be your most important legacy.