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What are you reading? is a podcast dedicated to inspiring a culture of scholarship and lifelong learning in the Armed Forces. This podcast is in partnership with DODReads.com

The views presented in this podcast are those of the participants and do not reflect the views of the Department of Defense or its components.

DODReads: What are you reading‪?‬ DODReads

    • Government
    • 5.0 • 91 Ratings

What are you reading? is a podcast dedicated to inspiring a culture of scholarship and lifelong learning in the Armed Forces. This podcast is in partnership with DODReads.com

The views presented in this podcast are those of the participants and do not reflect the views of the Department of Defense or its components.

    General Stanley A. McChrystal, USA (Ret.)

    General Stanley A. McChrystal, USA (Ret.)

    This is the final episode of the DODReads: What are you Reading? podcast. Thank you for listening!

    In Episode 63, host Tim Bettis interviews General Stanley McChrystal, USA (Ret.) on risk, learning from history, and the importance of language skills. General McChrystal is an Army Ranger who led Joint Special Operations Command and Commanded the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and United States Forces - Afghanistan before his retirement in 2010. He is the Founder  of the McChrystal Group and is a senior fellow at Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Check out his newest book - Risk: A User's Guide. 

    As always, head to DODReads.com for more resources, free books, and interviews with military authors.

    The views presented in this episode are those of the participants and do not reflect the views of the Department of Defense or its components.

    • 43 min
    General George W. Casey, Jr., USA (Ret.)

    General George W. Casey, Jr., USA (Ret.)

    In Episode 62, host Bryan Wittmeyer interviews retired U.S. Army General George Casey, the 36th U.S. Army Chief of Staff and the commander of the Multi-National Force-Iraq from 2004 to 2007. The two discuss General Casey's philosophy on leadership and the skills leaders need today to succeed in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environment. 

    Book Recommendations:

    The Revolution Trilogy, Rick Atkinson

    The Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson

    The Mitch Rapp Saga (fiction), Vince Flynn

    The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914, David McCullough

    Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you’d like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReads or podcast@dodreads.com.

    Finally, head to DODReads.com for more resources, free books, and interviews with military authors.

    The views presented in this episode are those of the participants and do not reflect the views of the Department of Defense or its components.

    • 48 min
    Richard Kidd IV, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment and Energy Resilience

    Richard Kidd IV, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment and Energy Resilience

    In Episode 60, Julie Stabile interviews Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment and Energy Resilience, Richard Kidd. They discuss how to develop climate literacy, the role of junior leaders in the response to climate change, and how to manage a diverse portfolio. The DOD’s Climate Adaptation Plan discussed was released on October 7, 2021 and is linked below.

    Recommendations

    The Stranger by Albert Camus

    Operation Barbarbossa and Germany’s Defeat in the East by David Stahel

    Dream Catchers by Philip Jenkins

    The Overstory by Richard Powers

    DOD Climate Adaptation Plan

    Summary for Policy Makers from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

    All Hell Breaking Loose by Michael Klare

    Under the Sky We Make by Kimberly Nicholas

    Drawdown by Paul Hawken

    Scatter, Adapt, and Remember by Annalee Newitz

    This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust

    The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Paul Kennedy

    Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you’d like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReads or podcast@dodreads.com.

    Finally, head to DODReads for more resources, free books, and interviews with military authors.

    The views presented in this episode are those of the participants and do not reflect the views of the Department of Defense or its components.

    • 31 min
    Rear Admiral Kenneth Bernard, USPHS (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Kenneth Bernard, USPHS (Ret.)

    In Episode 59, Ryder Ashcraft interviews Rear Admiral Kenneth Bernard of the U.S. Public Health Service. They discuss the ability of government agencies to respond to a public health crisis, future biosecurity threats that may affect readiness, and how to plan for future challenges.

    Book Recommendations:

    Warnings, R. P. Eddy and Richard A. Clarke

    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari

    Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you’d like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReads or podcast@dodreads.com.

    Finally, head to DODReads for more resources, free books, and interviews with military authors.

    The views presented in this episode are those of the participants and do not reflect the views of the Department of Defense or its components.

    • 35 min
    Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz, USCG (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz, USCG (Ret.)

    In Episode 58, Julie Stabile interviews Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz, USCG (Ret.), the author of Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass. They discuss character development, lifelong learning, and how to continually grow as a leader.

    Book recommendations:

    Finding the Mother Tree, Suzanne Simard

    Make Your Bed, Admiral William McRaven

    The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown

    How Women Rise, Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

    Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

    The One-Minute Manager, Ken Blanchard

    Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you’d like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReads or podcast@dodreads.com.

    Finally, head to DODReads for more resources, free books, and interviews with military authors.

    The views presented in this episode are those of the participants and do not reflect the views of the Department of Defense or its components.

    • 29 min
    Lieutenant General Michael Plehn, USAF - President, National Defense University

    Lieutenant General Michael Plehn, USAF - President, National Defense University

    In Episode 57, Ryder Ashcraft interviews Lieutenant General Michael Plehn, USAF the President of the National Defense University. They discuss higher education opportunities, the value of working with periphery allies, and the future of joint and interagency cooperation.

    Book Recommendations:

    -How the Word is Passed, Clint Smith

    -Hungry Ghosts, Jasper Becker

    -Arms and Influence, Thomas Schelling

    -The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton Christensen

    -Silver, Sword and Stone, Marie Arana

    -Neptune's Inferno, James Hornfischer

    -Eagle Down, Jessica Donati

    -One Day Too Long, Timothy Castle

    -A Dawn Like Thunder, Robert Mrazek

    -Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell

    Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReads or podcast@dodreads.com.

    Finally, head to DODReads for more resources, free books, and interviews with military authors.

    The views presented in this episode are those of the participants and do not reflect the views of the Department of Defense or its components.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

bcquinn ,

More than it seems

Interviews are excellent. Starts off with senior leader reading but it’s so much more than that. These short and insightful episodes are packed with gems about leadership and life. A perfect commute or exercise pod to get some diverse knowledge.

Keep up the great work!

St. Bozman ,

Insightful

I really like this podcast. Great interviews and the guests are given space to speak. Its not all about the interviewer. I started reading fiction again. I would politely suggest they include the book names recommended by guests in the show notes.

T.ray90 ,

Good Prof Dev

I feel like I’ve become a better officer listening to the podcast. My favorite part is hearing what everyone’s reading. I wish the show notes had what each person recommended though.

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