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.
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 - 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
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.