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  • FILE PHOTO: Col. John York pilots an F-15 Eagle ahead of Lt. Col. Sean Navin, who flies an F-16 Falcon on its final mission for the 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard. The F-16s have been transferred to the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, Ariz., as a result of the 144th Fighter Wing receiving the F-15 Eagle as their new airframe. York is the 144th Operations Group commander. Navin is the commander of the 194th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David J. Loeffler)

    Russian bombers buzz U.S. defense systems off coast of California

    Four Russian strategic bombers triggered U.S. air defense systems while conducting practice bombing runs near Alaska this week, with two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft coming within 50 miles of the California coast, NORAD confirmed Wednesday.

  • Track Santa with OnStar

    As kids across the country anxiously await Santa's arrival, OnStar wants to help keep families aware of Ole' St. Nick's whereabouts.

  • Fighter jets escort plane to Kennedy

    Two fighter jets escorted a New York-bound American Airlines flight from Los Angeles after three passengers locked themselves in the bathroom Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, officials said.

  • ** FILE ** A pair of U.S.-built NORAD F-22 fighter jets fly off the wing of a civilian airplane playing the role of a hijacked airliner over a mountainous area of Alaska on Aug. 10, 2010, at the end of a route from an undisclosed location in the Far East to Alaska. The first-of-its-kind hijacking exercise involving the U.S., Canadian and Russian militaries went so well that a similar drill is planned for 2011. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

    U.S., Russia plan more anti-hijacking exercises

  • OnStar to track Santa's ride

    Little Gracie's mom in Mount Vernon or excited little Danny's dad in Rockville can keep track of Santa's ride very easily tonight.

  • Volunteers take phone calls and answer e-mails at the Santa Tracking Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, Dec. 24, 2010. Tracking Santa's travels is a celebrated tradition at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and it unfolded Friday for the 55th year. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

    First lady fields kids' calls as NORAD tracks Santa

    Some children who call NORAD on Christmas Eve to find out where Santa is hang up as soon as a volunteer answers the phone — probably because they expected a recording and not a real person, veteran Santa trackers say.

  • A colonel in the Canadian Forces takes photos through the window of a civilian aircraft playing the role of a hijacked airliner as it is escorted by two Su-27 Russian fighter jets. (Associated Press)

    Russia, U.S. chase jet in hijack drill

    In a historic first for Cold War adversaries, U.S., Canadian and Russian military officers directed fighter jets and ground controllers to test how well they could track an international terrorist hijacking over the Pacific Ocean.

  • DEFENSE DEPARTMENT
Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., commander of NORAD/Northern Command, says NORAD is spending up to $5 million to update security against electromagnetic attack at its new headquarters on Peterson Air Force Base.

    NORAD move raises security concerns

    NORAD, the high-tech facility responsible for monitoring the skies over North America, faces continuing security problems at its new location inside an office building on an air base in Colorado.

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At the interior entrance to the Cheyenne Mountain headquarters, two military personnel exit the administrative area. The personnel work at 7,000 feet inside the granite mountain. Two 25-ton security doors seal the inside offices from any type of attack. There is a self-sufficient survival system with independent water and air supplies. Sources say the move out of the mountain - billed as a cost-cutting measure - received insufficient government review, violated previous Pentagon directives, may have broken U.S. law and has left the United States less able to track potential threats and the operations center more vulnerable to attack.

    Dangerous move for NORAD?

    Nestled a half mile inside a hardened rock tunnel, the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center buzzed with excitement on July 4, 2006, as the shuttle Discovery prepared to launch.

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