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Life Cycle Logistics Career Field Professional Reading List

We are periodically asked whether we provide 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 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

The currently featured book is entitled "Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace" by Gordon MacKenzie. Published by Viking, it offers a whimsical, amusing, and often compelling series of vignettes on creativity, innovation, and vigor within large organizations.

Click here to access the updated July 15, 2019 Life Cycle Logistics Professional Reading List.  The site, which requires a government CAC card to access, contains a user-friendly tabbed list containing detailed information in these six categories about each book, its author, and how to obtain a copy if you don't already have your on reference copy. For those who may be experiencing issues accessing this link, as an alternative you can also access a downloadable PDF version.

DAU also maintains several related resources, including:

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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