Sunday, March 23, 2014

What Would You Put on Your IDC Reading List?

This is a post from LCDR Christopher Nelson, a Navy Intelligence Officer that is an avid reader and also blogs over at Between the Boards.

There are thousands of reading lists out there. While I'm not sure that I agree with author Umberto Ecco’s belief that we "like lists because we don't want to die," I do think reading lists are essential for any serious reader. They’re also fun. Seriously.

Friday, March 14, 2014


CTNs and ITs ... What an awesome opportunity!

Below, you will find a highlighted copy of the recent NAVADMIN (057/14) advertising a 12-month Master of Science in Applied Cyber Operations to CTNs and ITs, E6 or above.

Higher education is something our Information Dominance Corps (rightfully) pushes heavily.  We work in very technical fields that demand not only the brightest individuals, but also academics.  This is a good thing.  In this push to "increase the Navy's cyber capabilities, while building a professional cyber workforce," your Navy and cyber experience mixed with focused studies in a formal masters program at a quality school has the potential for great results, for the Navy and for you both professionally and personally.

The Officer ranks have been taking advantage of graduate education for some time and I am very excited to see the emphasis pushed to Chiefs and First Classes.

I hope all qualified and interested Sailors take advantage of this opportunity!

Last years selectees were announced in NAVADMIN 186/13 which you can find here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What's on your reading list?

What are you reading?  Need a recommendation?  Need motivation?

"The problem with being too busy to read is that you learn by experience (or by your men’s experience), i.e. the hard way. By reading, you learn through others’ experiences, generally a better way to do business, especially in our line of work where the consequences of incompetence are so final for young men." ~ Gen. James Mattis1

In a recent CNO's Rapid Innovation Cell (CRIC) Podcast, Mario Vulcano, instructor for our Information Warfare Basic Course (IWBC) was interviewed on a few topics centering around an endeavor titled, "Investing in Tomorrow's Leaders, Today".

Listen to the full podcast at the bottom off this post.