US Transportation Command boss, Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz, on a his first visit to the Air Mobility Warfare Center at Ft. Dix, N.J., offered his view of the center’s new Joint Precision Airdrop System, saying it would make both troops on the ground and aircraft less vulnerable. (JPADS had a real-world test in August and could be fielded early next year.) He added: “At the moment, we’re seeing accuracy within 150 to 200 meters; in the end we’ll see less than a hundred meters. For an old guy who started out doing this over 30 years ago, that’s pretty remarkable.”
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.