A USAF “pre-decisional” and undated information paper reveals that the Pentagon has directed the Army and Air Force to form a joint program office to merge efforts on the Future Cargo Aircraft and Light Cargo Aircraft programs. Was there ever a doubt? Gen. Michael Moseley, USAF Chief of Staff, said in December that the Air Force is “partnering with the Army” on this transport issue. The whole intratheather lift question is still up in the air. There is no word yet on the joint staff’s study or the one USAF asked Rand to conduct.
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.