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Allvin’s Newest Must-Read Book Inspired TV’s ‘Masters of the Air’

The TV show “Masters of the Air,” which tells the story of the U.S. Army Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group during World War II, has garnered strong critical reviews and big streaming numbers for Apple TV+. Now Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin wants Airmen to read the book that inspired it. The book, written by Donald L. Miller, is one of four additions Allvin made to his “Leadership Library” to start April. Like his predecessor Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., Allvin has expanded the “library” to include films, podcasts, and other media.

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Contractor Crushed by T-38 Jet Suffered Broken Ribs, Spinal Fractures

Air Force Times

A civilian maintainer was hospitalized for nearly a week with multiple broken bones and other injuries after the nose of a T-38A Talon training jet collapsed on him at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., in February 2023, according to an Air Force investigation. The unnamed contractor was lubricating the Talon’s landing gear as part of routine maintenance on the jet.

Inside the Russian Shadow Trade for Weapons Parts, Fueled by Crypto

The Wall Street Journal

For Vladimir Putin’s war machine, tether has become indispensable. It helps Russian companies weave around Western sanctions and procure what is called dual-use goods that go into drones and other high-tech equipment. Importers working with such goods make transfers in rubles into Russian bank accounts operated by middlemen who convert the rubles into tether and pay out local currency to their foreign suppliers in places like China and the Middle East.

US Weighs Selling New Fighter Jets, Missiles, and Guidance Kits to Israel


The U.S. government is considering major new weapons sales to Israel of fighter jets, air-to-air missiles and guidance kits, as calls grow for the U.S. to withhold arms if Israel won’t do more to limit civilian casualties in Gaza. The Biden administration is weighing selling Israel up to 50 new F-15 fighter jets, 30 AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles, and a number of Joint Direct Attack Munition kits, which turn dumb bombs into precision-guided weapons, according to a congressional aide and a person familiar with the discussions.

Pentagon Clears F-35 to Fly in Lightning after Yearslong Hold

Breaking Defense

The Pentagon has lifted lightning restrictions for the most widely used version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, allowing the Lockheed Martin jet to fly in thunderstorms for the first time since 2020, Breaking Defense has learned. The Defense Department formally lifted the restrictions on March 19 after devising a hardware and software fix for the lightning protection system used aboard the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, JPO spokesman Russ Goemaere said in response to a press inquiry.

Air Force Looks to Industry to Provide AI ‘Toolkit’ for Cloud-Based C2 Capability


The Air Force is expanding its outreach to contractors to explore how different automation and AI technologies could be integrated into its command-and-control modernization efforts. The service’s integrated program executive office for command, control, communications and battle management (C3BM) issued a sources-sought notice on for an “artificial intelligence and machine learning toolkit” that could improve reaction times.

Satellite Terminal Supplier CopaSAT Storms into Military Market


CopaSAT, a supplier of communications equipment, is seeing a surge in orders for its militarized Starshield satellite terminal since its launch a few months ago. The company, based in Seminole, Florida, designed a ruggedized satellite internet terminal that uses the Starshield electronically steered antenna built by SpaceX.

Pentagon Establishes Cyber Policy Office as Sulmeyer Awaits Approval

Defense News

The U.S. Department of Defense has established a dedicated cyber policy office, a move one official said underlines the significance of digital warfare. The department announced the creation of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy on March 29, a little more than a week after it actually opened its doors. The organization was mandated by the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act.

Airman Starts Hunger Strike at White House over Gaza, Inspired by Another Airman's Self-Immolation Death

A 26-year-old Airman on leave from his overseas duty station is going on a hunger strike outside the White House to protest the war in Gaza—a move he said was inspired by the self-immolation death of another Airman in February. Senior Airman Larry Hebert, an integrated avionics journeyman from New Hampshire currently stationed at Naval Station Rota in Spain, began the hunger strike at midnight April 1, he told in an interview. Hebert, who has served for six years, plans to continue the hunger strike—limiting himself to water and a juice supplement—for as long as he physically can.

Argentina-Denmark F-16 Deal Would Be Boon to US in South America: Analysts

Breaking Defense

After years of wrangling, Argentina and Denmark appear closer than ever to completing a deal for the South American nation to purchase a fleet of F-16s in what analysts said would be a boon not only for the Argentine Air Force (FAA) but for America in its competition with China across Latin America—should the deal go through. It’s also likely to be a key topic of discussion as Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Southern Command, travels to Buenos Aires this week.

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Pentagon Proposes Streamlining Milestone B Decision Process

Inside Defense

The Defense Department is asking Congress to consider legislation that would allow for the streamlining of the milestone B phase of the weapon system acquisition process, which, according to DOD, currently suffers from a "bureaucratic bottleneck." Milestone B, also known as the engineering and manufacturing development phase, is the key pathway for large acquisition programs to eventually reach full-rate production and fielding.

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White House Clamps Down on Journalists Stealing from Air Force One

Simple Flying

Is Air Force One a source of free souvenirs? According to POLITICO, some journalists think so. As a result, the new President of the White House Correspondents Association, Kelly O’Donnell, has had to send a stern note asking that all items remain on board.