According to a combined statement from NORAD and US Northern Command, the now-widely reported claims that a new classified Government Accountability Office report on the movement of some elements from Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Colorado to nearby Peterson Air Force Base cites a lack of security are wrong. The Colorado Springs Gazette broke the story initially with the headline “Pentagon misled Congress about Peterson security, GAO report suggests,” to which NORAD/NORTHCOM declared: “The article in the Gazette is incomplete and inaccurate. … The sensationalized accusation that military officials somehow misled Congress is false.” The two commands added that the document obtained by the Gazette is preliminary and does not contain the GAO’s final analysis or recommendations and the responses from the commands. Subsequent reporting by the Gazette indicates the Colorado lawmakers Sen. Ken Salazar (D) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R) are raising questions about the move. However, in 2006, after then-NORAD/NORTHCOM boss Adm. Timothy Keating explained his rationale for the move to Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), who also raised security concerns about the enterprise, Allard declared himself convinced both about the move and that Cheyenne Mountain would not be closed, as had been reported earlier. Current NORAD/NORTHCOM head, Air Force Gen. Victor Renuart, got to officiate at the opening of the new combined command center at Peterson earlier this year and commented that it would “be ahuge improvement” for the homeland and binational defense efforts. On this latest report, let’s just wait for Congressional reaction to the final product.
An Air Force C-17 transport jet recently tested a new technology that could help aviators stay on course even if the satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) that much of modern-day aviation relies on is compromised.