S2’s Library

‘S2’ is military parlance for the Intelligence Section, specifically at the Battalion level.  Here’s a collection of books, documents, and manuals that should be on every Intelligence Officer’s bookshelf.

Recommended Reading:

Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam.  If you don’t understand popular support, then you don’t understand insurgency/counterinsurgency.  This book was a must read before multiple deployments, and there’s a reason why it’s required reading among colonels, captains, lieutenants, and sergeants.  There are too many important lessons in this book to not read it.

The S2’s Library is currently undergoing a major overhaul.  Please check back later.


  1. Reggie says:

    you recently mentioned : an Appalachian Redoubt. I wonder if you could expound on this since I am currently living in the Appalachians.

    • Sled238 says:

      It’s my understanding that the Cumberland Plateau is generally considered the Eastern Redoubt; some have it going as far north as PA, others the physical plateau itself only.
      Hope this helps.

  2. butch cass says:

    Have not been on the site in a while.
    Sort of sexied it up, looks pretty good

    • Samuel Culper III says:

      BC, thank you for reading. I’m glad you enjoy the updated design!

  3. Terry says:

    “The Art of Thinking Clearly” by Rolf Dobelli – great (contemporary) book on identifying and countering mental bias. Zurich Minds is an impressive collection of global deep thinkers.

  4. Nice Site…Keep up the Good Work
    You also might consider the following books for Intel tradecraft and history.

    See no Evil by Robert Baer
    Ghost Wars by Steve Coll
    The Sword and the Shield by Christopher Andrews
    First in by Gary Schroen
    the Way of the Knife by Mark Mazzetti
    The Book of Honor by Ted Gup

  5. zoot says:

    Sam–awesome stuff man. I tell anyone that is
    worthy of knowing about your site, podcast and training courses etc…keep up the good work sir!!

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  7. J says:

    How are people still listening to John Nagl? This is one of the biggest idiots today that still praise NeoCon “tactics” to mire the US in nation-building and COIN.

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