CMSAF Leadership Library: January 2023

  • Published
  • Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs


Our Air Force is at an inflection point, where the leaders we build today will shape the service for decades to come. Those leaders need to continually grow, develop and challenge themselves - and each other. I'm excited to share with you five new books and three podcasts that will help refine your skills as leaders and Airmen.

As lifelong learners, our Airmen will continue to remain the greatest strategic competitive advantage we have over any adversary. I'm honored to serve alongside you.

Aim High -

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force 



Long GameThe Long Game: China's Grand Strategy to Displace American Order

The Long Game draws from a rich base of Chinese primary sources, including decades worth of party documents, leaked materials, memoirs by party leaders, as well as careful analysis of China's conduct, to provide a history of China's grand strategy since the end of the Cold War.

Chip War

Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology

An epic account of the decades-long battle to control what has emerged as the world's most critical resource—microchip technology—with the United States and China increasingly in conflict.

20342034: A Novel of the Next World War

From two former military officers and award-winning authors, a chillingly authentic geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034—and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.



Ender's GameEnder's Game

From New York Times bestselling author Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game—adapted to film in 2013 starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford—is the classic Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction novel of a young boy's recruitment into the midst of an interstellar war.



In Legacy, best-selling author James Kerr goes deep into the heart of the world's most successful sporting team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership and business.

Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and it asks: What are the secrets of success - sustained success? How do you achieve world-class standards day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle the pressure? How do you train to win at the highest level? What do you leave behind you after you're gone?

What will be your legacy?




HBR IdeaCastHBR IdeaCast

From incivility for frontline workers to struggles with hybrid work to actual progress made since the murder of George Floyd, HBR IdeaCast spent 2022 sharing impactful management research and exploring the social and business trends that affect workers and leaders.

Like War


Viral misinformation influences elections and alters the very fate of nations. Based on the book of the same name, LikeWar explores the ways in which technology, and especially social media, has been weaponized, arming the internet and the billions of people who use it every day. 

The Prince

The Prince (by The Economist)

The Economist’s The Prince: Searching for Xi Xinping podcast is a perceptive and compelling eight-episode narrative that lifts the veil behind the PRC leader’s early life and rise to power. 


CMSAF Reading List