U.S. Northern Command
Military officials aren’t commenting on a purported North Korean threat to fire missiles at Colorado Springs, home to a large military presence including U.S. Northern Command, which is responsible for homeland defense.
Military and civilian officials are weighing whether to make it easier to call in military planes to help fight wildfires, a top general said Wednesday.
The military has placed helicopters and rescue teams on alert and dispatched medical planners to help cope with the damage from a superstorm on the East Coast.
The military plans a large-scale exercise in Texas to prepare for the 2012 hurricane season.
Colorado will probably avoid the worst of the defense budget cutbacks in the post-Iraq, post-Afghanistan era because of the bustling military space operations in Colorado Springs and the Denver area.
Army Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr. has been nominated to be the new commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command.
Two specially equipped U.S. Air Force cargo planes left Colorado on Saturday to help battle wildfires in northern Mexico.
The U.S. Northern Command has sent a planning team with expertise in hazardous material and medical and logistical support to Japan to determine what assistance the United States can provide in the nuclear reactor crisis.