USAF’s New Chief: Allvin Confirmed as Air Force’s 23rd Chief of Staff

The Senate confirmed Gen. David W. Allvin as the 23rd Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force on Nov. 2, elevating him from the acting role he has held since Oct. 1. Allvin has extensive operational and staff background and commanded at the squadron, wing, and operations center levels. "In today’s dynamic environment, our service faces both significant challenges and tremendous opportunities—the world’s greatest Air Force will meet them head-on just as innovative Airmen have done for generations," Allvin said in a statement.

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Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief on the Breakthrough He Needs to Beat Russia

The Economist

Five months into its counteroffensive, Ukraine has managed to advance by just 17 kilometers. Sharing his first comprehensive assessment of the campaign with The Economist in an interview, Ukraine’s commander-in-chief, Gen. Valery Zaluzhny, says the battlefield reminds him of the great conflict of a century ago. “Just like in the First World War we have reached the level of technology that puts us into a stalemate,” he says.

Top Ukrainian General’s Gloomy View of Russia War Fuels Military Aid Debate


A top Ukrainian general’s assessment that the war with Russia is a stalemate is fueling partisan passions as a debate on whether to bolster Kyiv with more weapons roils Congress. The stunning admission by Gen. Valery Zaluzhny, commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces, is reverberating on Capitol Hill—where Republicans are arguing his comments are a reason to rethink America’s as-long-as-it-takes support for Kyiv.

Russia’s Wagner Group Plans to Send Air Defenses to Hezbollah, US Says

The Wall Street Journal

Wagner Group, the Russian paramilitary organization, plans to provide an air defense system to Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia, U.S. officials say, citing intelligence. The Russian SA-22 system they plan to send uses antiaircraft missiles and air defense guns to intercept aircraft.

House Approves Nearly $14.5 Billion in Military Aid for Israel. Biden Vows to Veto the GOP Approach

Associated Press

The House approved a nearly $14.5 billion military aid package Nov. 2 for Israel, a muscular U.S. response to the war with Hamas but also a partisan approach by new Speaker Mike Johnson that poses a direct challenge to Democrats and President Joe Biden. In a departure from norms, Johnson’s package required that the emergency aid be offset with cuts in government spending elsewhere.

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Network NFL Pregame Show to Broadcast Live from Air Force Academy on Veterans Day Weekend

Colorado Springs Gazette

Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmie Johnson, and the rest of the Fox NFL Sunday crew are coming to the Air Force Academy for a live broadcast. The NFL pregame show will air live from the terrazzo in the cadet area at the academy on Nov. 12 as part of the show’s longtime tradition of traveling to military locations to honor Veterans Day.