Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz has issued his 2011 professional reading list. “Effectively operating within our increasingly dynamic, interconnected, and complex world requires steadfast commitment to personal and professional growth,” said Schwartz in a letter to airmen. As a result, he suggests 14 books this year for airmen that he divides into three categories: leadership, strategic context, and military heritage. Schwartz said he will highlight books from the list throughout the year; for the first quarter of 2011, he recommends these three: Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin; Technology Horizons: A Vision for the Air Force Science and Technology, by Werner Dahm, former USAF chief scientist; and The All Americans, by Lars Anderson. (SAF/PA release) (CSAF reading list webpage) (Here’s Schwartz’s 2010 reading list)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.