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USAF Professional Reading in Air University Library: CMSAF Reading Lists

May 2023

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   "...We need leaders at all levels who can think strategically, and execute tactically. To that end, I'm bringing you a reading list that will flex and evolve as we build the Air Force we need to compete, deter and win across all domains. As a lifelong learner, I am constantly adding to my reading list - looking for new ideas that can challenge my assumptions and help me grow beyond my own limitations. As your 19th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, I am committed to sharing this information with you, in the hope that you will apply it and eventually grow beyond us all..."

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force


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CMSAF Reading List 2024



War on the Rocks

War on the Rocks is a military podcast based on discussions with security, defense, and foreign policy experts and insiders. Host Ryan Evans has a drink with Soldiers, spies, officials, and scholars, often recorded at bars in Washington and other capitals. War on the Rocks is available on Spotify.


August 2023:



   The TechTank Podcast

   With Nicol Turner Lee and Darrell West.

   Data, ideas, and policy solutions that address the challenges of our digital world.

May 2023:




   Leading the Next Generation

   with Tim Elmore

   Founder and CEO of Growing Leaders, Dr. Tim Elmore shares practical advice on leading the next generation.



   Your Undivided Attention

   with Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin

   Explore the incredible power that technology has over our lives — and how we can use it to catalyze a humane future.

January 2023:



   HBR IdeaCast

   with Alison Beard and Curt Nickisch

   HBR IdeaCast spent 2022 sharing impactful management research and exploring the social and business trends

   that affect workers and leaders.




   with P.W. Singer

   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 (by The Economist)

   with Sue-Lin Wong

   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. 



  TED Talks Daily

   with Elise Hu

   From inspiration to creativity to overcoming adversity, there is always something of value to be found in this




    Coaching for Leaders

    with Dave Stachowiak

    The minute we stop growing as leaders is the minute we stop being leaders. This podcast helps me to

    recenter and refocus on what's important and move out stronger than ever.




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