2009 CSAF Reading List

CSAF Reading List Archive

The 2009 Chief of Staff reading list provides Airmen of all ranks a guide to further their education and expertise. Professional reading continues to be vital as Airmen maintain the Air Force initiative today and prepare for the future. This year's list contains 14 books divided into three categories: leadership, strategic context and military heritage.

CSAF Reading List

Mission, Doctrine, Profession 

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice - David Galula 

Making Twenty-First-Century Strategy: An Introduction to the Modern National Security Processes and Problems - Dennis M. Drew and Donald M. Snow 

Modern Strategy book cover Modern Strategy - by Colin S. Gray 

Thinking about America's Defense: An Analytical Memoir -  Glenn A. Kent

Our Nation and World 

Afghanistan: A Short History of its People and Politics -  Martin Ewans 

Beating Goliath: Why Insurgencies Win - Jeffrey Record 

Contemporary Nuclear Debates: Missile Defense, Arms Control, and Arms Races in the Twenty-First Century -  Alexander Lennon 

Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda - Sean Naylor 

Military History American Patriot book jacket

American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day - Robert Coram

Fast Tanks and Heavy Bombers: Innovation in the U.S. Army, 1917-1945 - David E. Johnson

One Day Too Long: Top Secret Site 85 and the Bombing of North Vietnam - Timothy Castle

The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power - Max Boot


General 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. General Michael Ryan and now General John Jumper have wholeheartedly embraced and continued the Professional Reading Program.