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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.


U.S. Air Force


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

  • No Rules Rules


    No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention


    Hard work is irrelevant. Be radically honest. And never, ever try to please your boss. Nominated as a 2020 Financial Times Business Book of the Year and a New York Times Bestseller.

CSAF Leadership Library Action Order C

  • Wargaming a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan - CSIS' The Truth of the Matter


    The Truth of the Matter: Wargaming a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan - CSIS' The Truth of the Matter


    CSIS’s Mark Cancian joins the podcast to discuss the wargame exercise he created for a Chinese amphibious invasion of Taiwan. Cancian ran the game 24 times and in most scenarios, the United States/Taiwan/Japan defeated a conventional amphibious invasion by China and maintained an autonomous Taiwan. However, this defense came at a high cost. The United States and its allies lost dozens of ships, hundreds of aircraft, and tens of thousands of service members. Taiwan saw its economy devastated. Further, the high losses damaged the U.S. global position for many years. China also lost heavily, and failure to occupy Taiwan might destabilize Chinese Communist Party rule.

CSAF Leadership Library Action Order D

  • Four Battlegrounds


    Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence


    A new industrial revolution has begun. Like mechanization or electricity before it, artificial intelligence will touch every aspect of our lives—and cause profound disruptions in the balance of global power, especially among the AI superpowers: China, the United States, and Europe. Four key elements define this struggle: data, computing power, talent, and institutions. Four Battlegrounds takes readers inside the fierce competition to develop and implement this game-changing technology and dominate the future.

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