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Topic - North American Aerospace Defense Command
The North American Aerospace Defense Command's popular Track Santa program is back for 2013, but the news that St. Nick will be getting fighter jet escorts isn't going over well with everyone, with some child advocates speaking out against the move.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command again will track Santa Claus' progress on Christmas Eve, but this year the jolly old elf's sleigh will be escorted by two U.S. fighter jets.
Next year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command will test an innovative weapon called the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS, at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground, 63 air miles from the nation's capital.
Most of the thousands of children who call the annual Santa-tracking operation at a Colorado Air Force Base on Christmas Eve ask the usual questions: "Where's Santa, and when will he get here?"
Volunteers have pulled on their Santa hats and are answering phone lines and monitoring wall-size tracking screens as NORAD Tracks Santa begins its 57th annual goodwill mission.
U.S. missile experts have noted the success of North Korea's satellite launch late Tuesday, but the Pentagon has said it is still assessing the event to determine whether it was indeed a success.
A satellite North Korea launched aboard a long-range rocket is orbiting normally, South Korea said Thursday, following a defiant liftoff that drew a wave of international condemnation.
North Korea's successful launch of a long-range rocket early Wednesday, despite later difficulties controlling the weather satellite it was carrying, demonstrates significant technological development by the secretive communist state, analysts said.
The White House was quick to condemn North Korea's successful launch of a long-range rocket, calling it a "highly provocative act" that threatens regional security.
North Koreans danced in the streets of their capital Wednesday after the Pyongyang regime successfully fired a long-range rocket, defying international warnings and taking a big step forward in its quest to develop a nuclear-tipped missile.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled two F-16 fighter jets Friday to intercept a small plane that violated restricted airspace as President Barack Obama was about to depart from Los Angeles.
A Korean Air Boeing 777 en route from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seoul was diverted to a nearby Canadian military base after the airline's U.S. call center received a bomb threat.
Santa-tracking volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado said they fielded about 102,000 telephone queries beginning early Saturday on his progress.
Santa already is piling up big numbers on social-networking sites this season, so the volunteer Santa-trackers at NORAD are bracing for tens of thousands of calls and emails when their operations center goes live on Christmas Eve.
As kids across the country anxiously await Santa's arrival, OnStar wants to help keep families aware of Ole' St. Nick's whereabouts.