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Life Cycle Logistics Professional Reading List

We are periodically asked whether we offer the workforce a "professional reading list" of books that product support managers (PSM) and other life cycle logistics professionals might want to consider reading or having as important references on their bookshelf. The answer is yes!

Intended to assist logistics professionals and product support managers interested in broadening their professional knowledge and expertise, this professional reading list, which was updated in November 2022, is organized into six top-level categories consisting of:

  • Logistics Engineering & Designing for Supportability
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Business Case Analysis
  • Continuous Product & Process Improvement
  • Organizational Excellence, Customer Focus & Strategic Transformation
  • Leadership and Management

Including this updated "Life Cycle Logistics Professional Reading List", the DAU professional reading program offers the defense acquisition workforce three professional reading lists, which include:

These resources and references are intended to support the professional development of the defense acquisition workforce and to augment the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force, Navy, Army, and Marine Cops professional reading programs as well:

For both our civilian and military acquisition professionals, as well as our life cycle logistics leaders, future leaders, and those who aspire to become leaders, encourage you to “hit the books”! As former President Harry S. Truman once famously said, "readers of good books, particularly books of biography and history, are preparing themselves for leadership. Not all readers become leaders. But all leaders must be readers."

Disclaimer: All books listed here are provided for informational purposes to enhance the professional development of the defense acquisition workforce, and their inclusion here should not in any way be considered as endorsement by the Defense Acquisition University or the Department of Defense. This list should NOT under any circumstances be considered as being complete or all-encompassing and is in no-wise meant to endorse the views or works of any particular book, author, organization, or publication. Users are encouraged to conduct their own verification of the information prior to its use. Reliance on or use of the information provided here is solely at the user's own risk. It is also a work in progress, so if community members have suggested additions or recommended changes to this list, please let us know by selecting the white "Feedback" tab at the bottom of this screen.

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