The threat of man-portable air-defense systems, or MANPADs, would have prevented aircraft from flying into Benghazi the night of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. Special Mission and nearby CIA Annex, according to two senior Pentagon officials.
Rear Admiral Richard Landolt, the Director for Operations at the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), testified about the MANPAD impediment to the House Select Committee on Benghazi. His testimony was revealed in a 339-page House Democratreport on Benghazi released on Monday.
Also highlighting the MANPAD threat to aircraft the night of the attack was Brigadier General Patrick Mordente, who served as the Deputy Director of Operations for U.S. Transportation Command the night of the attacks.
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