The topic of reading list came up during my brief at the SACEUR's Commanders Conference with JFCs & components.
As members of Allied Command Operations, the NATO Alliance, and/or Alliance/partner nations we should become familiar with the thoughts of others and understand points of views different from our own. This reading list contains both classic and new perspectives on NATO, its history, its relationships, and a look into the future. Most of these books would give the reader a strategic perspective and understanding of NATO. These readings are not designed to replace, but supplement, the readings of your own military services and nation.
The link to the SACEUR's reading list on the ACO Page:
Also here at SHAPE we have a distinguished author and film series where we feature films/discussions and book lectures that increase our knowledge base. The link on our upcoming events: http://www.aco.nato.int/page300403714.aspx
What am I reading? Given all eyes are focused on Afghanistan, I just finished reading Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson. http://www.stonesintoschools.com/ A wonderful read about an NGO building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Currently reading The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Forged a New Afghanistan by Eric Blehm. This is about the USA Special Forces team (ODA) that brought President Hamid Karzai back into Afghanistan.
Reading should be part of our self-development as members of the profession of arms. Highly encouraged you to entice our people to grow in this manner.
All the best, Mike
Michael M. Balch
CSM, US Army
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Allied Command Operations
Command's Senior Enlisted Leader / SNCO ACO