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  • A Russian Tu-95 bomber, surrounded by MiG-29s, participates in an air show marking 95th anniversary of the Russian air forces in August 2007. Coupled with newer long-range missiles, the slower but larger bombers are set to play a role in a modern military. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

    Russian bombers buzz U.S. territory — again

    Russian strategic bombers conducted flights near the U.S. defense zone close to northern Alaska and the Aleutian Islands last week, Moscow's latest incident of nuclear saber-rattling against the United States, according to defense and military officials.

  • Illustration U.S. Sinking Navy by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    LYONS: Russia's shot across the bow

    ARussian Akula-class cruise-missile attack submarine recently transited the North Atlantic and operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for an undeclared period of time. The United States did not find out until after it left. This should not have come as a surprise.

  • Winnefeld (Photo by Michael de Yoanna)

    Northcom's new leader boosts focus on Mexico

    The new commander of the U.S. military's homeland security forces is stepping up cooperation with Mexico in an effort to stem drug trafficking and related violence.

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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