Reading List

Chief of Staff of the Air Force

Professional Reading List


The Second Nuclear Age

by Paul Bracken

We are responsible for maintaining and employing 2/3 of the Nation’s nuclear triad and 75% of nuclear command, control and communications—underpinning our strategic deterrence.  As we face rising powers and unstable regimes, understanding and advocacy for our nuclear force by all American Airmen has never been more important.  New thinking about deterrence theory in the 21st century is essential. This book gives us insight into the complexity of nuclear order in our dynamic global security environment.


Space Wars

by Michael J. Coumatos, William B. Scott & William J. Birnes

Since 1954, the Air Force has led the nation in developing and employing capabilities in, from, and through space. Our capabilities are the envy of the world.  However, space is now a warfighting domain and all Airmen need to understand the importance of space operations, along with the ramifications of failure in this unforgiving environment.  This story, informed by realistic scenarios and inputs from Air Force space pioneers, provides a compelling narrative of the critical impact space will have in a future conflict.