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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.

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Shannon Huffman Polson, Founder - The Grit Institute
2023

In episode 32, Jacqueline Parker interviews Shannon Huffman Polson - author, speaker, founder of The Grit Institute and former Army Apache Helicopter pilot. They discuss learning from failure, the importance of mentorship, and why sharing stories is so important. Check out Shannon's books and leadership institute here.


Nov 23, 2020
Major General Patrick Donahoe, USA
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In episode 31, Eugene Yang interviews MG Patrick Donahoe, Commanding General of the US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence. They discuss the future of the conventional force, maneuver in the information environment, and how to utilize Twitter as a professional development platform as military leaders.

Follow MG Donahoe on Twitter @PatDonahoeArmy

Nov 16, 2020
Captain Bill Hamblet, USN (Ret.), Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings
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In episode 30, Eugene Yang sits down with Captain Bill Hamblet, USN (Ret.) to discuss military authorship, the importance of fiction for creative thinking, and the challenges of gray zone warfare. Bill Hamblet is the Director of Periodicals and Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings, the flagship publication of the US Naval Institute.

Be sure to check here for the essay winners of the CIMSEC and US Naval Institute Short Story Fiction Contest in December! Also check out the Commandant of the Marine Corps' article on the role of Marines in the decisive undersea fight.

Nov 09, 2020
Dr. Aaron O'Connell, USMCR
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In episode 29, Eugene Yang sits down with Dr. Aaron O'Connell, USMCR to discuss how to appropriately use history to inform the future, the next era of U.S.-China relations, and how the Marine Corps has marketed itself through the ages.  

Dr. O'Connell is a colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and an Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin and the Director of Research at the Clements Center. He teaches courses in military history, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. military culture, and the U.S.’s role in the world since 1898. Previously, he served as Director for Defense Policy & Strategy on the National Security Council at the White House. 

Dr. O’Connell is the author of Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps and editor of Our Latest Longest War: Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan.

Nov 02, 2020
Colonel John Tien, USA (Ret.)
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In episode 28, Eugene Yang sits down with Colonel John Tien, USA (Ret.) to discuss the recent large organizational shifts in the military post-Cold War and post-9/11, the importance of diversity for developing agile thinking, and how to optimize broadening tours when away from the conventional operating forces.

John Tien is currently a Managing Director at Citigroup. He served for over 24 years on active duty including 3 combat deployments to Iraq. He was a senior national security advisor to both President Obama and President Bush as part of the National Security Council staff, and a White House Fellow during the Clinton Administration. John is a 1987 graduate of West Point and was the first Asian-American First Captain. He received his Master's Degree from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He is the co-head of the Citi Salutes program, and is a board member for multiple foundations and nonprofits. He recently co-founded DiversityPop, a mobile app designed to grow the individual leadership quotient of any person through their own diversity discoveries.

Oct 26, 2020
Brigadier General Kim Field, USA (Ret.)
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In episode 27, Eugene Yang sits down with Brigadier General Kim Field, USA (Ret.) to discuss the role of the military in interagency endeavors, the importance of education and critical thinking for leadership, and how to ask good questions to solve future complex scenarios.

Kim Field is currently a Professor of Practice at the Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service: https://bush.tamu.edu/faculty/kfield/

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.

Oct 19, 2020
Lieutenant General John Wissler, USMC (Ret.)
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In episode 26, Eugene Yang sits down with Lieutenant General John Wissler, USMC (Ret.) to discuss leadership development for junior officers, the importance of cross-cultural understanding, and the practice of individual reflection to sharpen personal leadership competencies and moral courage.

LtGen Wissler is the Distinguished Chair of Leadership at the United States Naval Academy Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership. Visit his site at:

https://www.jpw-solutions.com/ or connect with him on LinkedIn at:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-wissler-4877a22b/

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.

Oct 13, 2020
Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl, USA (Ret.)
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In episode 25, Eugene Yang sits down with Dr. John Nagl, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Ret.), to discuss how organizations react to new challenges, from the current pandemic to counterinsurgency. Dr. Nagl reflects on his start in professional military writing and the importance of education for America's next generation of leaders.

Dr. Nagl is currently the ninth Head of School at The Haverford School in Pennsylvania. You can follow him on Twitter @drjohnnagl.

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.

Oct 05, 2020
Colonel Maria J. "MJ" Pallotta, USMCR
1998

In episode 24, I sit down with Marine Colonel Maria "MJ" Pallotta to discuss how stoicism can help us weather the pandemic, why the classics are critical for leaders, and the importance of studying leadership and ethical philosophy.

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.

Sep 28, 2020
Lieutenant Colonel Laura Weimer, USA
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In episode 23, Jackie sits down with Army Lieutenant Colonel Laura Weimer to discuss learning from failure, how to reconcile leadership responsibility with doubts over the mission, and the importance of finding purpose.

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.

Sep 21, 2020
Lieutenant Colonel Harold Davis, USAF (Ret.), DVM, PhD
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In episode 22, I sit down with retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Harold Davis. Dr. Davis is a graduate of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine and a veterinary pathologist who served 20 years in the United States Air Force. After retiring from Active Duty, Dr. Davis worked as a veterinary pathologist in the private sector and served as the first and only Black president of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. 

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.

Sep 14, 2020
Brigadier General Paula G. Thornhill, USAF (Ret.)
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In episode 21, I sit down with retired Air Force Brigadier General Paula Thornhill to talk military history, force structure and design strategy, and the importance of writing for professional development. BGEN Thornhill's book is available here.

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.

Sep 08, 2020
Major Mike Ettore, USMC (Ret.)
2019

In episode 20, I sit down with retired Marine turned business leader and author, Mike Ettore to talk PME, leadership as an NCO versus as a junior officer, and how the business world differs from the military. Check out the Fidelis Leadership Podcast, Mike's own show here. His book is available for purchase here.

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

Sep 01, 2020
Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr., USA
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In episode 19, host Eugene Yang sits down with Army Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, to discuss leadership development, lifelong learning, and the relative merits of subject matter expertise and generalism.

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

Aug 24, 2020
Colonel Denton Knapp, USA (Ret.)
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In episode 18, host Jacqueline Parker sits down with retired Army Colonel and serving California State Guard Brigadier General Denton Knapp, to discuss lessons in leadership, failure, and transition. 

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

Aug 17, 2020
Lieutenant General Richard Y. Newton III, USAF (Ret.)
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In episode 17, Josh sits down with Lieutenant General Richard Newton, USAF (Ret.), former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Staff to discuss current reads, the importance of writing, and how to execute a smart transition out of the military. 

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

Aug 10, 2020
General Lori J. Robinson, USAF (Ret.)
1990

In episode 16, I sit down with General Lori J. Robinson, USAF (Ret.), former Commander of United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the first female Combatant Commander in U.S. history. 

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

Aug 03, 2020
John Kroger, Navy Chief Learning Officer
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In episode 15, I sit down with the first Navy Chief Learning Officer, Mr. John Kroger, to discuss Proust, physical courage, and the future of Navy professional military education.

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

Jul 27, 2020
Colonel Christopher Woodbridge, USMC (Ret.)
2065

In episode 14, retired Marine Colonel Christopher Woodbridge describes the importance of considering history from multiple perspectives in order to better understand institutions, reveals a deep love of science fiction, and describes the role of the Marine Corps Gazette.  You can submit essays for publication to gazette@mac-marines.org and reach out directly to Col. Woodbridge at c.woodbridge@mca-marines.org. General Berger's essay on change in the USMC is published here.

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

Jul 20, 2020
Brigadier General Maureen LeBoeuf, USA (Ret.)
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In episode 13, retired Brigadier General Maureen LeBoeuf and host Jackie Parker discuss leadership challenges, personal failure, and the origins of the title Master of the Sword. Her book is available for purchase here.

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

Jul 13, 2020
LCDR Reuben Keith Green, USN (Ret.)
1930

In episode 12, retired LCDR Reuben Keith Green and I discuss his book "Black Officer, White Navy" and how to have hard conversations on  race with peers, superiors, and subordinates. His book is available to purchase here and you can read his article on renaming the USS John C. Stennis here.

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

Jul 06, 2020
General John R. Allen, USMC (Ret)
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In episode 11, Brookings President and retired Marine General John R. Allen talks history, democracy, and leadership.

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

Jun 29, 2020
Former Under Secretary of the Army, Honorable Patrick Murphy
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In episode 10, Former Under Secretary of the Army, Honorable Patrick Murphy talks social media, equality, and the embarrassment of the USMA football team.

His book is available here and you can get in touch with him on twitter @patrickmurphyPA or on his website.

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

Jun 22, 2020
Ms. Janie Mines (USNA '80)
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In episode 9, Phoebe (USNA '13) and Nathalie (USNA '20) interview Ms. Janie Mines (USNA '80) on being a member of the first class of women at USNA, being the first black woman to graduate, and her book "No Coincidences" available on her website https://nocoincidencesbook.com/

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

Jun 15, 2020
Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead, USA (Ret.)
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In episode 8, co-host Jackie Parker interviews retired Army Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead on reading, cheeseburgers, and learning from failure.

Her book is available here and you can get in touch with BGEN Halstead through her website.

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

Jun 01, 2020
SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE: P.W. Singer and August Cole, Burn In Release!
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In this special bonus episode co-host Joshua Bowen interviews Ghost Fleet authors P.W. Singer and August Cole on their new book, Burn In (available TODAY!) as well as the importance of science fiction for predicting the future of conflict.

Find them on Twitter @peterwsinger and @august_cole for Ghost Fleet and Burn In moments of the day. #BurnInBook

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact us @DODReadsPodcast 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.

May 26, 2020
Kayla Williams, Center for a New American Security
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In Episode 6 former Army Arabic Linguist Kayla Williams of the Center for a New American Security talks women in war, her own writing, and how to stay connected to service after leaving Active Duty.

Make sure to check out the CNAS State Veteran Benefit Finder. Ms. Williams is the author of two books on her time in service: Love my Rifle More Than You and Plenty of Time When we Get Home. For those looking for short form reading, she recommends The Atlantic, Discover Magazine, and Smithsonian Magazine for nerdy military history. Let her know how you enjoyed the episode at @kwilliams101. 

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact me @DODReadsPodcast or Phoebe@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.

May 25, 2020
General James E. Cartwright, USMC (Ret.)
2098

In Episode 5 retired Marine General James E. "Hoss" Cartwright provides his insight into future technological development, how to keep pace in a rapidly changing world, and how imagination contributed to the design of the Space Force. 

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact me @DODReadsPodcast or Phoebe@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.

May 18, 2020
Captain David Marquet, USN (Ret.)
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In Episode 4 we get a lesson on the language of leadership from Captain David Marquet, USN (Ret.), former submarine Commanding Officer, notable speaker, and author of "Turn the Ship Around!" Let Captain Marquet know how you enjoyed his interview @ldavidmarquet on Twitter, facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Check out his newest book "Leadership is Language" for sale here.

Interested in an interview with a particular leader? Have a question you'd like to hear answered? Contact me @DODReadsPodcast or Phoebe@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.

May 11, 2020
Admiral Margaret Klein, USN (Ret.)
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In Episode 3, Admiral Klein, USN (Ret.) and I discuss reading for ethical decision making. You can find one of her go-to ethical reads here: Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot by Jim Stockdale. Let her know how you enjoyed the episode at margaret.klein@usnwc.edu.

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.

May 04, 2020
Major General William Mullen III, USMC
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In Episode 2 Major General William Mullen III, USMC describes how he reads every day, the importance of PME, and the most influential works on his list of 2600 books read. His book, Fallujah Redux, is available for purchase here and on Amazon.

Check out MajGen Mullen's video PME on PME and two great articles: "A Warrior's Mind" and "Advanced Reading Skills" and let him know how you enjoyed the episode at wfmullen@earthlink.net.

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.

Apr 30, 2020
Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)
2012

In our first episode, I speak with retired Admiral James Stavridis on the importance of reading fiction, lessons from history, and leadership through failure. Check out a print interview on his book "The Leader's Bookshelf" at DODReads.com.

Reach out to Admiral Stavridis and let him know how you enjoyed the episode!

Twitter: @stavridisj

Linked In: Admiral James Stavridis

Facebook: James Stavridis

Website:  https://admiralstav.com

Book link:  https://admiralstav.com/sailing_truenorth/

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.

Apr 30, 2020