R261903ZJUN16: I've added the Joint Special Operations University Cybersecurity reading list! This has a bunch of new selections, including Stoll's "The Cuckoo's Egg" and some interesting selections on counterattacks. Enjoy!

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  1. On Jul 23 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and commented:

    Has some nicely done explanations of crypto concepts like asymmetric encryption and web of trust.

  2. On Jul 23 colleen (USA) read The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander by Pete Blaber
  3. On Jul 13 kcholbert (USAF) read Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon by Kim Zetter
  4. On Jul 11 kcholbert (USAF) read Tip of the Spear: U.S. Marine Light Armor in the Gulf War by G. J. Michaels
  5. On Jul 09 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna and commented:

    This felt like a mix between "Tortilla Flats" and "Mister Roberts". Obviously the author has spent time on a ship; was a quick read. Did feel a little over the top in some places.

  6. On Jul 03 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Hell In A Very Small Place: The Siege Of Dien Bien Phu by Bernard Fall and commented:

    I had heard many times about "the disaster at Dien Bien Phu", and this book unwrapped the story for me. What I appreciated about this book was the personal nature of it; the author interviewed many of the combatants. You can hear him mourning as the ring closes around the French soldiers and as their counterbattery fire goes silent.

  7. On Jun 23 kcholbert (USAF) read The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (Authorized Edition) by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
  8. On Jun 18 kcholbert (USAF) read Treasury's War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare by Juan Zarate
  9. On Jun 17 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Very Best Men by Evan Thomas and commented:

    Good character studies from a interesting part of the CIA's history.

  10. On Jun 08 kcholbert (USAF) read American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman
  11. On Jun 07 Tom Copeland (USCG) read A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency by Richard Helms and commented:

    I really enjoyed the format of this autobiography. When you think about Richard Helms, what are the things you would want to ask him about? Nosenko. Bay of Pigs. Laos. Church Committee. Angleton. Kennedy assassination. And so on. This book has a short chapter about each one, laying out his involvement and the conclusions he drew from it. It's an effective format and of course Helms' take on things is great.

  12. On May 30 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Circle by Dave Eggers and commented:

    Kind of over the top, and throws the baby out with the bathwater, but still, makes you think.

    I will say that in the dot coms where I've worked, especially during the fast growth times, my experience has not been of God-like scientists using nano-bots to convert mud into spaceships. Instead, it's been a constant organic struggle to invent and implement major changes while continuing to add new features and keep up with the inbound volume.

  13. On May 28 kcholbert (USAF) read At All Costs by Matt Proietti
  14. On May 28 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Stalin's Secret War: Soviet Counterintelligence against the Nazis, 1941-1945 (Modern War Studies) by Robert W. Stephan and commented:

    Interesting anecdotes - apparently after a heavy snow the Soviets would drop in agents without parachutes so they would not be spotted. If any members of the team were injured on landing, the remaining members were instructed to shoot him. Another good quote - "The USSR's counterintelligence system was inefficient, but it was not ineffective."

  15. On May 26 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America by David Wise and commented:

    What a disaster! Sounds like he competed with Ames to see who could be our Kim Philby.

  16. On May 26 Tom Copeland (USCG) read My Share of the Task: A Memoir by General Stanley McChrystal and commented:

    Just a totally dedicated and hard charging guy with a nearly impossible task in Afghanistan.

  17. On May 22 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran by David Crist and commented:

    The stories of the special ops involvement in the tanker war are fascinating. Not an upbeat or hopeful book, but an honest and informative one.

  18. On May 21 colleen (USA) read Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by Ted Koppel
  19. On May 19 kcholbert (USAF) read Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben R. Rich
  20. On May 18 kcholbert (USAF) read It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell
  21. On May 18 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood by Donovan Campbell and commented:

    Really heavy stuff; you can see Campbell getting burned out over time. By the end of the book the tone was way different than at the beginning. Is it just the pace and stresses of modern urban warfare, or is that generally near the upper end for combat effectiveness?

  22. On May 16 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Defense Of Duffer's Drift (1916) by Ernest Dunlop Swinton and commented:

    I can see why this is on so many lists now! I read the first chapter to my oldest son and he quickly devoured the rest. Thinking of giving it as a gift to a friend who served in that part of the world.

  23. On May 14 kcholbert (USAF) read Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P. W. Singer
  24. On May 14 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Cold Warrior: James Jesus Angleton - Cia's Master Spy Hunter by Tom Mangold and commented:

    Makes a strong case for Angleton having set US counterintelligence efforts back due to his paranoia.

  25. On May 13 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage by Norman Palmer and commented:

    Really interesting. The litany of service members who approached the Soviets to sell secrets is pretty depressing!

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