Gen. Glen VanHerck

Sailors assigned to Assault Craft Unit 4 prepare material recovered in the Atlantic Ocean from a high-altitude balloon for transport to federal agents at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Feb. 10, 2023. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan Seelbach)

Post-balloon saga, US defense leaders ‘know a lot more’ about China’s alleged global surveillance operations

“For me, it was an eye opener,” NORAD and U.S. Northern Command chief Gen. Glen VanHerck said.
A sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 conducts a search for debris with an underwater vehicle during recovery efforts of a high-altitude balloon in the Atlantic Ocean, Feb. 7, 2023. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan Seelbach)

NORAD adjusts radar ‘gates’ to sharpen detection of anomalous objects as UFO recovery intensifies

On Monday, President Biden also formed a new interagency team to study the broader policy implications for detecting and confronting unidentified objects threatening U.S. security.
Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Aaron Romo, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit ONE, launches a MK18 MOD 1 unmanned underwater vehicle from a rigid-hull inflatable boat on July 10, in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Logan C. Kellums)

Navy beginning underwater drone operations to help recover debris from downed Chinese balloon

The Navy will use UUVs to help the Defense Department recover debris from China’s suspected surveillance balloon that was shot down off the coast of South Carolina.
Deputy Secretary of Defense, Dr. Kathleen Hicks, is welcomed to Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by Gen. Glen VanHerck, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and Col. Zachary Warakomsky, Commander, Peterson-Schriever Garrison, Dec. 13, 2021. (Department of Defense photo by Mr. Thomas Paul)

Pentagon’s Hicks wants more focus on cyber, EW capabilities for missile defense

The Pentagon needs to evolve in its approach to air and missile defense, according Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks.
U.S. Northern Command Commander U.S. Air Force Gen. Glen D. VanHerck speaks during a press briefing about the completed global information dominance experiment (GIDE) 3, at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., July 28, 2021. (DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany A. Chase)

Combatant commander tasked with homeland defense warns of shortage of AI capabilities

U.S. Northern Command and NORAD don’t have sufficient AI and machine learning capabilities, the dual-hatted chief of both organizations warned.