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Latest Publications

A Discourse on Winning and Losing
Edited and compiled by Grant T. Hammond, this is the first book published on John R. Boyd’s famous same-titled briefing. A maverick fighter pilot devoted to the Air Force, Boyd challenged orthodoxy including fighter tactics and how wars were to be fought. Although inspiring radically different opinions, his ideas have influenced militaries, business, politics, and education globally.
Developing Your Full Range of Leadership: Leveraging a Transformational Approach
This newly developed Air University text focuses on the Full-Range Leadership Model (FRLM) and its application in team leadership. Leaders applying the FRLM approach can see immediate, tangible results. Leveraging the components of transformational leadership has been proven to result in the most effective style of leadership.
The Stakes Are High: Ethics Education at US War Colleges
This paper explores the ethics education programs at the service war colleges based on three fundamental questions: 1) What are the desired outcomes of ethics education? 2) How should curriculum be structured to achieve those outcomes? 3) What is the correct faculty composition to develop and employ that curriculum?
Military Personnel As Innovators: An Unrealistic Expectation?
An examination of the requirements for innovation along with recent neuroscience and organizational psychology research provides valuable insight into countering a culture of groupthink. Recommendations include recruiting creative personalities, training in divergent thinking, and promoting innovative leaders.
Brothers in Berets: The Evolution of Air Force Special Tactics 1953-2003
Relying largely on oral history interviews, this work explores the evolution and contributions of the Battlefield Airmen assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) special tactics units over 50 years. “Their story deserves telling within the US Air Force and to the general public.”
Brown Bag Lessons: The Magic of Bullet Writing
Jaren unlocks the “magic” of effective bullet writing through proven techniques. Following them guarantees immediate improvement for anyone who has struggled with formulating statements for recognition packages and appraisals. The author emphasizes that the “struggle to write comes to an end!” Skillful writing doesn’t have to be difficult.
The Evolution of Airmen: Conversations with the Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force
Historical and present-day interviews of the first 17 Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force provide a snapshot of this select group. In their own words, they each reveal a unique perspective about their lives and times and ultimately of the history of the USAF.
The Redesigned Air Force Continuum of Learning
The authors describe the USAF’s implementation of a new force-development paradigm that better prepares Airmen to accomplish USAF priorities and cultivates a culture of lifelong learning. Because “this new approach will eventually affect every aspect of force development, . . . it is important that all Airmen understand what we are doing and why we are doing it.”
Adapt or Fail: The USAF's Role in Reconstituting the Iraqi Air Force, 2004-2007
A handful of USAF advisors deployed to help the Iraqis reconstitute their air force in January 2004. Cully presents the essentials of that complex sequence of events. This is a story about the ingenuity, flexibility, and perseverance of the USAF Airman-advisors who deployed to Iraq and the Iraqi patriots they trained.
Resilient Effective Adaptable Leadership
Sawtelle provides opportunities to reflect on leadership in an uncommon context. The personal and cultural blind spots of trust, risk, investment of time, ownership, technology dependence, and personal adaptability are examined. These elements can serve as catalysts for consideration and dialogue to aid in the evolution of modern leadership culture.

Air University Texts

Air University Style and Author Guide (AU-1)
The Style Guide, part 1 of this publication, provides guidance to Air University’s community of writers. It offers a coherent, consistent stylistic base for writing and editing. The Author Guide, part 2 of this publication, offers simple, concise instructions to writers who wish to submit a manuscript to AU Press for consideration.
Guidelines for Command (AU-2)
This ACSC-developed handbook is intended to advance the practice of command. The advice and experiences of prior commanders will help you become a better, more effective leader.
Listening Effectively (AU-4)
Everyone can be a better listener. Using the concepts of what we think, feel, and do about listening, Dr. Kline promotes the need for honing this often neglected communication skill. He presents logical, practical methods that will help you to become a better listener in your personal and professional life in everyday and critical situations.
Speaking Effectively (AU-5)
Dr. Kline presents techniques on how to speak successfully. He provides examples and pointers for both the novice and the skilled speaker.
Space Primer (AU-18)
This primer is useful for individuals who are not “space aware”—unacquainted with space capabilities, organizations, and operations—and for those who are, especially those associated with the space community but not familiar with space capabilities, organizations, and operations outside their areas of expertise. It is your guide and invitation to all the excitement and opportunity of space.
Developing Your Full Range of Leadership (AU-26)
This newly developed Air University text focuses on the Full-Range Leadership Model (FRLM) and its application in team leadership. Leaders applying the FRLM approach can see immediate, tangible results. Leveraging the components of transformational leadership has been proven to result in the most effective style of leadership.

AU Press Books Featured on the CSAF Reading List

Attitudes Aren’t Free
This collection of essays—most written for this volume—and speeches are on the themes of religious expression, homosexuality, gender, race, and ethics in the military. The contributors include activists, military members, academics, and other experts. This volume offers a framework for critical thought and candid discussions about important social policy issues in the military.
Beyond Horizons: Beyond Horizons: A Half Century of Air Force Space Leadership
Spires embarks on a study of the Air Force’s long involvement in initiating, developing, and applying space-based systems in support of the nation’s security. Analysis range from America's space and missile efforts prior to the launch of the Soviet sputniks in 1957 to military space employment in the Persian Gulf War of 1991.