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Gen. Ronald Fogleman created the CSAF Professional Reading Program in 1996 to develop a common frame of reference among Air Force members -- officers, enlisted, and civilians -- to help each of us become better, more effective advocates of air and space power. Each CSAF since then has enhanced and continued the Professional Reading Program.

In 2021, Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., who revised the program by renaming it as the CSAF Leadership Library and adding new media sources including podcasts and documentaries.



From the CSAF


Welcome to the CSAF Leadership Library. This is a new way of looking at the traditional reading list – a fluid set of media that I have personally explored – that changes and evolves as novel ideas are published, recorded, and debated.

The Leadership Library will have periodic additions as I come across media and ideas I’d like to share to generate dialogue. My aim is that this Leadership Library sparks conversations for you with fellow Airmen, with your family, and with your friends.


General, U.S. Air Force
Chief of Staff


"President Kennedy once said, Leadership and learning are indispensable from each other."

~ Chief of Staff of the Air Force
Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr.


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CSAF Leadership Library Bookshelf By Action Order

CSAF Leadership Library Action Order A

  • Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars


    Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars: The Story of the First American Woman to Command a Space Mission


    Eileen Collins was an aviation pioneer her entire career, from her crowning achievements as the first woman to command an American space mission as well as the first to pilot the space shuttle to her early years as one of the Air Force’s first female pilots. She was in the first class of women to earn pilot’s wings at Vance Air Force Base and was their first female instructor pilot. She was only the second woman admitted to the Air Force’s elite Test Pilot Program at Edwards Air Force Base. NASA had such confidence in her skills as a leader and pilot that she was entrusted to command the first shuttle mission after the Columbia disaster, returning the US to spaceflight after a two-year hiatus. Since retiring from the Air Force and NASA, she has served on numerous corporate boards and is an inspirational speaker about space exploration and leadership.

CSAF Leadership Library Action Order B

  • HBR IdeaCast / Trailer Special Series: How Generative AI Changes Everything


    HBR IdeaCast / Special Series: How Generative AI Changes Everything


    HBR IdeaCast is cutting through the noise in the special series How Generative AI Changes Everything. How will this new technology upend workforce productivity? What impact will it have on creativity and innovation? How can you build an internal culture that uses generative artificial intelligence and adopt it effectively in your organization? What could it mean for your company’s strategy?

CSAF Leadership Library Action Order C

  • The Origins of Victory


    The Origins of Victory: How Disruptive Military Innovation Determines the Fates of Great Powers


    This book by military strategist Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr., is the definitive take on the race for military dominance in the twenty-first century. It shows how militaries that successfully pursue disruptive innovation can gain a major advantage over their rivals, while those that fail to do so risk exposing their countries to great danger.



    AFTER WORDS: The Avoidable War: The Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict between the US and Xi Jinping's China


    Former prime minister of Australia and Asia Society president and CEO Kevin Rudd offers his thoughts on how the U.S. and China can co-exist and avoid war in the future. He's interviewed by United States Institute of Peace senior expert on China Carla Freeman. Learn more about your ad choices.

CSAF Leadership Library Action Order D

  • Babbage: How drones are transforming warfare in Ukraine


    Babbage: How drones are transforming warfare in Ukraine


    The use of drones in the war in Ukraine has been increasing. Unmanned vehicles capture battlefield images, relay co-ordinates, and strike targets in Ukraine and even Russia. Whether purpose-built military devices or off-the-shelf civilian technology, the drones are having an outsized impact. How are they influencing battles? And what do they mean for the future of warfare?

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