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HUNTSVILLE, ALA.: What does the NORAD commander think of America’s current approach to missile defense? “Not only is it unaffordable, it will not work,” Adm. Bill Gortney said. “We are going to lose this fight on our current strategy.” “We’ve made incredible strides in missile defense,” acknowledged Gortney, who heads both NORAD and US Northern… Keep reading →

Lt. Cmdr. Shane Tanner of the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization talks to the media about Tiger Shark, an unmanned aerial system (UAS). This Tiger Shark also carries a smaller UAS that can be launched wihen the Tiger Shark is airborne. Photo by Vance Vasquez / NBVC Public Affairs

WASHINGTON: From July 27 through Aug. 6, the Defense Department is going to conduct a counter-drone testfest — and failure is an option. “In a sense, failure is free at Black Dart,” said Air Force Maj. Scott Gregg, referring by name to counter-drone tests he is directing for the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense… Keep reading →

Santa planning at NORAD

As I write this, NORAD reports that Santa is heading for Singapore and has delivered more than estimated 1.5 billion gifts! The NORAD Santa tracking site is a venerable tradition and one we love to highlight. Here’s an example of what the witty folks at NORAD can do. They tweeted this earlier this morning: “Santa… Keep reading →

NORAD Santa trackers

PENTAGON: OK, I’m lying. I’m at home typing this because it’s Christmas Eve here in Washington, but my heart is at the Pentagon… One of the enduring holiday treats for military folks is NORAD’s Santa tracking website. When I checked this evening Old Saint Nick was somewhere over far northwestern Chad and was estimated to… Keep reading →

It is my favorite defense-related story of the Christmas season: NORAD, the command responsible for tracking possible airborne threats to America tracks Santa as he roams the globe.

In addition to tracking Santa on the day, the site offers Santa Cams that show Santa at locations around the globe, as well as lots of Christmas music and some games. Keep reading →