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  • URGENT - NORAD alert

    10/22/2014 10:47:37 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 33 replies
    wyff4.com ^ | Oct 22, 2014 | wyff4.com
    (CNN) -- In response to the ongoing situation at Canada's Parliament, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, has increased its alert posture, CNN has learned. That means that it has increased the number of planes on a higher alert status ready to respond if needed. NORAD and Canadian law enforcement and Canadian authorities are in contact, an official told CNN.
  • Jet fighters to fly over D.C. in NORAD training exercise (Tonight)

    09/23/2014 8:34:04 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 22 | Phillip Swarts
    Don’t be surprised if you see fighter jets flying over Washington, D.C., Tuesday night. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known by its acronym NORAD, will be conducting a training exercise in the national capital’s airspace from midnight Tuesday until 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to a statement from the agency.
  • Russian planes intercepted near U.S., Canadian airspace

    09/19/2014 5:40:57 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 33 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | 09/20/2014 | Steve Brusk and Ralph Ellis
    Two U.S. jets intercepted six Russian planes that neared U.S. airspace off Alaska on Thursday and Canadian planes intercepted two Russian bombers that approached Canadian airspace, NORAD reported. A U.S. official told CNN's Barbara Starr that officials in Washington think the incidents were related to the visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who talked to Canadian officials Wednesday and President Barack Obama on Thursday. The United States promised Ukraine $46 million in nonlethal aid for its battle with pro-Russian militants. The Russian aircraft flew within about 55 nautical miles of the Alaskan coastline and about 40 nautical miles of the...
  • Breaking: Unresponsive Aircraft flying over atlantice

    unresponsive aircraft over atlantic, USAF in pursuit
  • Russian Strategic Bombers Conduct More Than 16 Incursions of U.S. Air Defense Zones

    08/07/2014 6:05:11 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Aug 7, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Russian strategic nuclear bombers conducted at least 16 incursions into northwestern U.S. air defense identification zones over the past 10 days, an unusually sharp increase in aerial penetrations, according to U.S. defense officials.
  • North American Union: US & Canada in play?

    05/07/2014 6:35:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Prince Arthur Herald ^ | April 30, 2014 | Jack Maggiore
    Diane Francis, National Post Editor-at-Large and Bestselling Author of Merger of the Century, toyed with the idea of merging the US and Canada. In fact, Ms. Francis states that “a merger between the two countries isn’t just desirable but inevitable”. She goes on to say that the US and Canada are culturally compatible on all fronts from lifestyles, to values, and aspirations. According to Ms. Francis, over the last several decades, “Canada has become more like America and America more like Canada”. For instance, the US has become more progressive on civil, gay, and women’s rights; and even recently universal...
  • NORAD’s Santa-tracking began with a wrong number

    12/23/2013 8:14:49 PM PST · by TBP · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 22, 2013 | Michael Gartland
    NORAD’s tradition of tracking Santa’s sleigh began with a wrong number. Right before Christmas in 1955, Sears ran an ad offering millions of toy-hungry girls and boys the chance to talk to the big man himself. In Colorado Springs, the retailer published the local phone number to the North Pole as ME 2-6681. Modal TriggerCol. Harry Shoup There was only one problem: The number was one digit off. And that wrong number rang on the desk of a high-ranking officer in a bunker at the Continental Air Defense Command — the predecessor of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which has...
  • Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve

    12/04/2013 7:12:52 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 4 December 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve tracker • NORAD officials say the inclusion of jet fighters is a nod to the true mission of the agency - which is to track and intercept airborne threats Outraged child advocates are blasting NORAD's new 3D Santa Tracker program because it includes a fighter jet escort for jolly old Saint Nick. Some say the new online portrait could give kids the wrong impression about Santa Claus - associating him with the military and violence. But Pentagon officials argue the North American Aerospace Defense Command...
  • Evacuation lifted at NORAD headquarters in Colo.

    03/07/2013 7:11:28 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3-7-2013 | By DAN ELLIOTT
    DENVER (AP) — NORAD headquarters in Colorado were evacuated for about 4 1/2 hours Thursday after employees found five suspicious packages, but the command's control room team was working at a backup location about eight miles away at the time and no essential missions were disrupted, officials said. Employees became suspicious because something about the packages looked "out of place," said Jeff Bohn, a spokesman at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, where the North American Aerospace Command is based.
  • Hezbollah in Yucatán

    02/02/2013 12:39:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Gates of vienna.net ^ | January 30, 2013
    Hezbollah in Yucatán Posted on January 30, 2013 by Baron Bodissey As mentioned here many times in the past, the southern border of the United States is porous not just to Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans, but also to Islamic terrorists. Operatives from Al Qaeda and Hezbollah acquire a Latin American passport and enough Spanish to allow their swarthiness to pass as Latino.This latest report concerns the arrival of a Hezbollah associate in Mexico. Many thanks to Iz-M (via Vlad) for the translation from Diario de Yucatán: More signs of the presence of HezbollahLabboun Rafic Mohammed, the Muslim cleric allegedly linked...
  • Barack Obama To Shut Down Southern Air Defense Systems

    01/28/2013 8:17:09 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 126 replies
    Market Daily News ^ | January 23rd, 2013 | Mack Slavo
    As the U.S. government continues to expand surveillance and monitoring systems to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars within the borders of the United States, a recent announcement regarding the country’s southern air defense systems is raising eyebrows. Our southern border is, in part, protected by the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), which utilizes moored balloons hovering at about 15,000 feet to identify low flying aircraft and missiles that may penetrate the border and cross into U.S. airspace. The system is utilized by the U.S. Air Force, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and U.S. Customs and Border...
  • Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?

    12/24/2012 5:43:19 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 27 replies
    MentalFloss ^ | 12-24-2012 | Matt Soniak
    December 24, 2012 Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa? Matt Soniak On December 24, 1955, the red telephone at the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado began ringing.The red phone meant it was either the Pentagon or CONAD commander in chief General Earle Partridge on the other end, and their reason for calling would probably not be pleasant.U.S. Air Force Col. Harry Shoup, director of operations at the center, rushed over to the phone and grabbed it.“Yes Sir, this is Colonel Shoup,” he barked.Nothing but silence in response.“Sir?” This is Colonel Shoup,” he said.Silence again.“Sir?...
  • Official NORAD Santa Tacker

    12/24/2012 2:51:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies
    Official NORAD Santa Tracker
  • NORAD Tracks Santa

    12/23/2012 10:55:20 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 6 replies
    NORAD Tracks Santa ^ | 12/24/12 | NORAD
    It's that time of year again. The North American Air Defense Command, or NORAD, is set to track ol' Saint Nick on his yearly journey around the world. All the phone stuff is done by volunteers. Businesses like Microsoft sponsor it, so it's not coming out of the defense budget. Kids love it. Tracking begins at 12:00 midight Mountain Time. Merry Christmas!
  • Anti-Terror Exercises Planned for D.C. Skies

    08/20/2012 4:00:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    free beacon ^ | August 20, 2012 5:09 pm | Bill Gertz
    Air Force and Coast Guard aircraft will fly “intercept and identification” exercises over Washington tonight as part of efforts to prevent suicide aircraft attacks or other threats to the capital, a military spokesman said. The latest exercise of what the North American Aerospace Defense Command calls “Falcon Virgo” involves Civil Air Patrol Cessna-182 light aircraft and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, NORAD said in a statement. “We want to make sure people seeing these planes aren’t concerned,” said NORAD spokesman John Cornelio. “One of the reasons we put out notice of...
  • NORAD, Northcom launch joint cyber division

    05/25/2012 9:23:58 AM PDT · by Mich1193 · 2 replies
    gcn.com ^ | May 22, 2012 | GCN.com
    A new cyber division, jointly managed by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command’s (Northcom) Operations Division, is up and running after approval by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta earlier this month. The U.S. Northern Command Joint Cyber Center (JCC) has three main missions: improving cyber domain situational awareness, improving the defense of the commands’ networks, and providing cyber consequence response and recovery support to civil authorities upon request, according to an announcement from the joint center. The division includes members from the intelligence, operations, and command and control systems divisions as well as a four- to...
  • Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa

    12/24/2011 1:10:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 34 replies
    Where's Santa Claus at?
  • Did You Know Feds Will Temporarily Cut Off All TV and Radio Broadcasts on Nov. 9? (2:00PM EST)

    10/22/2011 11:57:55 AM PDT · by eak3 · 273 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct 22, 2011 | Buck Sexton
    If you have ever wondered about the government’s ability to control the civilian airwaves, you will have your answer on November 9th. On that day, federal authorities are going to shut off all television and radio communications simultaneously at 2:00PM EST to complete the first ever test of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS).
  • DC, MD, Virginia: Neighbor Alert: Loud Booms Expected Tonight Aug 24 (NORAD)

    08/24/2011 7:51:29 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 7 replies
    McLean Patch ^ | 8-24-11
    If you hear loud booms tonight, it's F-16's. From NORAD: North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct an exercise – Falcon Virgo 11-11 beginning Wednesday night, Aug. 24 at midnight into early Thursday morning, Aug. 25, in the National Capital Region. Flights in the National Capital Region are scheduled to take place between midnight and 1:30 a.m. EDT Thursday morning. In the event of inclement weather, the exercise will take place the next day at the same time.
  • Jets Scrambled Overnight? Not in the News this a.m.

    04/14/2011 5:12:44 AM PDT · by Boss Claw · 29 replies
    4-14-2011 | Boss Claw
    Around 12:45 a.m. on Thursday April 14, 2011 (in the wee hours today), my husband and I awoke to hear major (military) jet rumblings over D.C. or nearby. It reminded us of the strange-sounding reverberations we hear at the annual air show. It came in two subsequent periods. The first one lasted probably no more than 3-5 minutes. I'm a bad judge of how long it lasted when I can't see a clock (after I initially checked the time) and when it is a startling event. Anyway, it was a significant period, and not just a flyover -- which we...
  • NORAD, Northern Command to Cut 79 Positions as Part of Cost-Savings Measure

    02/23/2011 9:54:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    fox news | 2/23/11 | staff
    NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command will cut 79 positions as part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' cost-savings initiative to improve efficiency that he issued late last year. Commanders said 40 of the positions will be military and 39 will be civilian. Offices most directly affected include chaplains, history, surgeon general and control systems. Most of the people who lose their jobs will be transferred to other posts in the military, and in some cases the military will help individuals find new employment, a NORAD spokesman told Fox News. And some of the positions, which are currently vacant, simply will...
  • ANG fighter wing preps for alert missions at Tyndall

    02/07/2011 4:59:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    F-16.new ^ | 2/1/2011 | Angela Pope
    Shooting down enemy aircraft over American soil is an event U.S.-based alert pilots train for. They run exercise scenarios on a constant basis, preparing for that call to scramble. But all the dry runs in the world can't prepare a pilot for that moment when a live missile is released from the jet. That's why the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn., is spending two weeks here working with the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. "We came here to shoot missiles and drop live ordnance to be better prepared for our Air Sovereignty Alert mission," said Lt. Col. Reed Bowman,...
  • Transcript: Michelle Obama Answers Kids' Calls to NORAD Seeking Santa's Whereabouts

    12/25/2010 6:15:21 AM PST · by ETL · 37 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 24, 2010
    The following is a transcript of her conversations. OPERATOR: We have Max. MRS. OBAMA: Hello, this is the First Lady, Michelle Obama, with NORAD, tracking Santa. How can I help you? MAX: Hi. MRS. OBAMA: Hi. What's your name? MAX: Max. MRS. OBAMA: Hi, Max. How old are you? MAX: Eight. MRS. OBAMA: Eight? Okay, well, this is the First Lady. And I'm helping them track Santa tonight, so how can I help you? You want to know where Santa is? [the rest of the transcript, if you can stomach it, is at the link]
  • NORAD Tracks Santa

    12/24/2010 12:01:45 PM PST · by ThunderSleeps · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/24/2010 | By Hayley Tsukayama
    A 55-year-old tradition continues this year as the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, launches its Santa Tracker at 2 a.m. EST on Christmas Eve, with help from Google Earth.
  • U.S. warned people to avoid mystery missile zone

    12/06/2010 6:26:46 AM PST · by Sprite518 · 346 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/01/2010 | F. Michael Maloof
    The Department of Defense is slamming the door on questions about the mysterious contrail filmed Nov. 8 by a KCBS television crew near Los Angeles after questions were raised about a warning from the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency that there could be missiles fired in that area at that time.
  • Russia's Air Defense 'Responds' To All Aircraft Near Its Airspace

    07/15/2010 10:54:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 7/16/2010 | RIA Novosti
    The Russian air defense system is designed so that it responds to all aircraft approaching the state's airspace, a high ranking Defense Ministry source has said. "That is perhaps its basic difference from the American system," the source said commenting on recent remarks by a senior U.S. military official. Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr., head of the U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), said in an interview Russia continued "to fly strategic nuclear bombers near U.S. and Canadian airspace because the Russian military is seeking to maintain the illusion of power." He said jet interceptors are not ordered to...
  • Military scrambles jets after Obama air space violated, NORAD says

    07/09/2010 6:14:50 PM PDT · by Errant · 80 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | July 9, 2010 1:09 p.m. EDT | CNN Wire Staff
    The military scrambled two F-16 fighters jets Friday morning after two small private aircraft violated restricted air space related to President Barack Obama's visit to Las Vegas, Nevada, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said. Both planes that violated the restricted airspace landed at nearby airports and were met by authorities, NORAD said.
  • PAVE PAWS marks 30th anniversary

    05/16/2010 9:51:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 354+ views
    Cape Cod Missile ^ | 5/16/2010 | George Brennan
    For 30 years, it has protected the East Coast of the United States from sea and land strikes by enemy missiles. Yesterday, officials from the Air Force 6th Space Warning Squadron celebrated those three decades at PAVE PAWS — the first U.S. phased array warning system in the country and only one of four overall. "I think certainly the legacy is keeping a watch, a presence looking out over the Atlantic Ocean," Lt. Col. Max Lantz, commander of the 6th Space Warning Squadron, said Friday. "It's been one of vigilant watch for the past 30 years." Everyday, the 10-story radar...
  • Aging jet fighters concern retiring NORAD chief

    05/16/2010 9:34:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 411+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 5/14/2010 | The Denver Post
    The retiring general in charge of NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command said Thursday that he's leaving behind no unfinished business but has concerns about the nation's aging radar system and jet-fighter fleet. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart ends his 39-year Air Force career July 1. Since March 2007, he has overseen the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint U.S.-Canadian command that monitors air and space threats to both nations, and the Northern Command, which oversees the U.S. military's homeland defense and supports civilian authorities. The nation's current radar system needs to be updated with an integrated system of...
  • Hello Neighbor

    03/11/2010 10:08:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 386+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 3/11/2010 | Air Force Magazine
    In 2009, NORAD launched fighter aircraft on 14 occasions in response to unannounced flights of Russian Tu-95 Bear and Tu-160 Blackjack bombers that were in international airspace, but were close enough to US and Canadian airspace to warrant a closer look, Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, NORAD boss, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday in written testimony. He said they "were not considered threats," but it is NORAD's practice to dispatch fighters to identify any unknown aircraft in such scenarios. In response to a Senator's question during the hearing, Renuart said there have also been "a couple of instances"...
  • NORAD Plans Air Patrol For Super Bowl

    02/06/2010 10:25:00 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 302+ views
    aero-news.net ^ | 01/06/20 | aero-news.net
    Fighter jet crews from North American Aerospace Defense Command's Continental United States Region will be busy Sunday protecting the skies around Sun Life Stadium in Miami during Super Bowl XLIV. Air Force fighter jets will be airborne while enforcing the FAA's temporary flight restriction zone during the big game. "As America's air defenders, we have a total team mindset," said Air Force Maj. Gen. Garry Dean, commander of NORAD's Continental United States Region. "Special events like this world-renowned sporting event take precise coordination with all mission partners, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FAA and...
  • Don't Cross That Line

    01/28/2010 11:11:09 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 1,349+ views
    Smithsonian Air and Space ^ | 3/01/2001 | By Craig Mellow
    The eight-seat recreational airplane, a single-engine Gippsland Airvan, is cruising peacefully over southern Maryland on a hazy June afternoon, pilot and passengers enjoying the view from 4,000 feet, where the Nanticoke River runs into the swamplands at the edge of the Chesapeake Bay. Suddenly—whoosh! A trademark shape most of us encounter only in the movies or at airshows darts underneath the 100-knot pleasure craft, then carves a semi-circle in the sky in front of it. A voice crackles in the pilot’s headset: “This is a United States Air Force armed F-16. You are in violation of restricted airspace. Do you...
  • Per FNC -Norad launched 2 fighter jets- Tyndall AFB, unruly passenger Muhammad Abu Tahir (#145)

    01/08/2010 1:25:46 PM PST · by STARWISE · 218 replies · 9,476+ views
    Neil Cavuto just read news crossing the wire. Two fighter jets were launched by NORAD from Tyndall AFB in FL due to an issue with an unruly passenger on an Air Tran flight from Atlanta to San Francisco. Hopefully, more follows soon. Plane has landed at Colorado Springs airport. A young man was taken into custody after the flight was diverted. The man was thought to be intoxicated and locked himself in the bathroom. The crew radioed the situation, and the fighters were launched. Everyone's safe on the flight .. the passenger is in custody.
  • NORAD launches F-16s in response to unruly passenger

    01/08/2010 1:22:03 PM PST · by xjcsa · 57 replies · 3,558+ views
    Fox News ^ | Neil Cavuto
    Airtran flight 39, Atlanta to San Francisco, unruly passenger on board. Fighters launched to escort plane, landed in Colorado Springs. Info per Neil Cavuto on Fox News; no link yet.
  • Tracking Santa - next stop Baghdad for out troops.

    12/24/2009 12:51:51 PM PST · by edcoil · 8 replies · 417+ views
    http://www.noradsanta.org ^ | 12/24/09 | edcoil
    Norad it tracking Santa. Next stop is Iraq for our troops right now.
  • Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa

    12/24/2009 2:29:34 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 78 replies · 3,721+ views
    noradsanta.org ^ | December 24, 2009 | NORAD
    Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa
  • Colombia to Chavez: Maybe 'spy plane' was Santa

    12/21/2009 10:10:22 PM PST · by pissant · 8 replies · 587+ views
    Google/AP ^ | 12/21/09 | staff
    BOGOTA — Colombia's defense chief joked Monday that Venezuelan troops might have mistaken Santa's sleigh for a spy plane, dismissing accusations by President Hugo Chavez about drones flying over Venezuela. Chavez on Sunday accused the United States of violating Venezuela's airspace with an unmanned spy plane and ordered his military to be on alert and shoot down any such aircraft. The Pentagon has declined to comment on Chavez's accusations. Colombian Defense Minister Gabriel Silva and armed forces commander Freddy Padilla told reporters Monday that Colombian aircraft couldn't fly the kind of espionage mission described by Chavez. "Colombia doesn't have that...
  • NORAD Santa Tracker

    12/17/2009 12:08:28 PM PST · by stylecouncilor · 12 replies · 639+ views
    noradsanta.org ^ | 2009 | NORAD
    For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight. The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition...
  • NORAD plans flight exercise over D.C. area tonight

    12/08/2009 5:54:30 PM PST · by HokieMom · 7 replies · 554+ views
    WASHINGTON -- The North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Continental U.S. NORAD Region plans a training flight exercise over the Washington area. The exercise, called Falcon Virgo 10-03, will take place late this evening and early tomorrow. It will include civil air patrol aircraft and Coast Guard helicopters. The exercise is made up of a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Command Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, the Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR), Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONR's Eastern Air Defense Sector.
  • NORAD officials ready to track Santa's flight

    12/08/2009 3:32:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 600+ views
    12/8/2009 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) -- It's that time of the year again and North American Aerospace Defense Command officials are getting ready to track Santa Claus. The NORAD Tracks Santa Web site, www.noradsanta.org, is now live and features fun holiday games and activities that change daily. The Web site is available in seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese. On Dec. 24, the Web site will stream videos, captured by NORAD "Santa Cams," from numerous cities along Santa's journey. This year, children and the young-at-heart are able to track Santa through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and TroopTube.mil....
  • Govt reviewing costly post-9/11 air defense system

    11/20/2009 5:10:35 AM PST · by John W · 21 replies · 803+ views
    AFP ^ | November 20, 2009 | AFP
    WASHINGTON — The government is to review an air defense system established after the September 11, 2001 attacks to determine whether the costly program is still necessary, the New York Times reported Friday. The review is expected to include a complete reassessment of the threat of a terror attack by air and will consider the cumulative effects of various security measures taken since the 2001 attacks. The review was ordered by Major General Pierre Forgues, the Canadian who currently heads the North American Aerospace Defense Command, commonly known as Norad. "The fighter force is extremely expensive, so you always have...
  • F-16s 'Prepared' to Shoot Down Errant Northwest Flight

    10/28/2009 11:06:04 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 105 replies · 3,255+ views
    ABC ^ | 10/28/09 | BRIAN ROSS and JUSTIN GRANT
    Armed F-16s from the Wisconsin Air National Guard were on the runway and could have shot down the errant Northwest flight, officials said today. "As a force of last resort, NORAD is always prepared to do whatever is necessary," NORAD spokesperson Mike Kucharek told ABCNews.com. Air traffic controllers feared Northwest Flight 188, might have been hijacked after its pilots failed to respond to radio transmissions for more than an hour. Air traffic controllers reported the pilots initially failed to respond to commands as it passed from the air space controlled by the FAA Denver Center into the area controlled by...
  • NORAD to assist security efforts at Vancouver Olympics

    08/21/2009 12:42:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 609+ views
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | 8/21/2009 | BRIAN GOMEZ
    In hopes of preventing terrorist attacks, 2010 Olympic organizers will deploy 8,000 security personnel, spend as much as $1 billion in Canadian government funds and elicit help from the North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORAD leaders are finalizing plans with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to provide fighter jets and radar support in Vancouver, where 5,500 athletes from 80-plus countries, including about 215 Americans, will converge in February. About 4,000 Canadian soldiers are expected to oversee ground operations, with air patrol handled primarily by CF-18 Hornets from NORAD and Canadian Forces helicopters. On the water, the U.S. will complement Canadian...
  • Official e-mails reveal boondoggle over Air Force One's Manhattan flyover

    08/01/2009 11:32:07 AM PDT · by KJC1 · 16 replies · 1,036+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 08-01-09 | Leo Standora
    ---snip--- A barrage of e-mails between officials right after the flight made public Friday showed a flurry of second guessing, finger-pointing, attempts at damage control - even comparisons between them and The Three Stooges. "We ... need to construct some sort of timeline on when folks became aware of it if that is possible," one Air Force official wrote, responding to the public fright. "I agree we .. . need to accomplish damage control, but we aren't the POC (point of contact)," the response reads. "Nor do I want to become a belly button for NORAD to push on this...
  • U.S. 'Ready' for N. Korean Missile [NK Wouldn't Have Dreamt Of A Missile Firing Under Reagan!]

    07/01/2009 8:58:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 1,043+ views
    U.S. 'ready' for N. Korean missile Pyongyang expected to test ICBM By Bill Gertz July 2, 2009 COLORADO SPRINGS | U.S. missile defenses are prepared to try to knock down the last stage of a Taepodong-2 missile that North Korea is expected soon to launch if sensors detect the weapon threatens U.S. territory, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command told The Washington Times. "The nation has a very, very credible ballistic-missile defense capability. Our ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, I'm very comfortable, give me a capability that if we really are threatened by a long-range ICBM that I've...
  • Jets Scheduled to Pass Downtown D.C. Tuesday

    05/19/2009 5:07:24 AM PDT · by TankerKC · 24 replies · 7,355+ views
    U.S. Air Force Aim Points ^ | May 18, 2009 | Paul Duggan , Washington Post
    A pair of F-16 fighter jets are scheduled to make periodic passes over downtown Washington at relatively low altitudes early tomorrow and again in the predawn hours Wednesday as part of a military exercise, the Air Force said. The two Air Force jets, taking part in an exercise run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, are slated to fly over the city at about 5,000 feet several times between midnight tonight and 6 a.m. tomorrow, and again during the same time frame starting at midnight Tuesday, said Air Force Lt. Col. Almarah Belk. She said two Cessna prop planes...
  • NORAD Officials Reschedule Capital-area Exercise

    05/18/2009 11:18:02 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 2 replies · 310+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | May 18 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, May 18, 2009 – A North American Aerospace Defense Command exercise designed to test the command’s aerospace defense capabilities in the national capital area has been rescheduled after inclement weather last week forced its postponement. Exercise Falcon Virgo, originally planned for the May 15-16 overnight period, now is scheduled for May 19-20. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jets, Coast Guard Dolphin choppers and Civil Air Patrol Cessnas will participate in the exercise over the nation’s capital and its suburbs. A number of Falcon Virgo exercises have taken place since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, officials said. The most...
  • Exercise to Test Aerospace Response Over Washington

    05/13/2009 5:42:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 433+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 13, 2009 – The North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct an exercise over the nation’s capital and its suburbs May 15, Defense Department officials said today. Exercise Falcon Virgo tests the aerospace defense of the national capital area. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jets, Coast Guard Dolphin choppers and Civil Air Patrol Cessnas will participate in the exercise. A number of Falcon Virgo exercises have taken place since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, officials said. The most recent one over Washington was in March. “The exercise is always held in the middle of the night...
  • NORAD Flight Exercise Planned for Washington, D.C.

    05/13/2009 9:36:28 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 6 replies · 1,523+ views
    The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region, will conduct exercise Falcon Virgo 09-07, on May 15 and 19 between midnight and 6:00 a.m. in the National Capital Region (NCR), Washington, D.C. The exercise comprises a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Command Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, the Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR), Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONR's Western Air Defense Sector.
  • No Shoot Down of Stolen Plane Says U.S. Air Defense : Why Not? Terrorist must be laughing!

    04/09/2009 10:01:42 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 58 replies · 2,035+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 4/9/09 | Bobby Tall Horse
    Mike Kucharek, a spokesman for North American Aerospace Defense Command, is being reported in an article on Foxnews.com that very shortly after American F-16s started following the stolen plane, they knew they wouldn't shoot it down. Why?