NORAD’s Falcon Virgo Exercise Rolls Out in D.C. Today
Pentagon’s commitment to “rapid response” decimated by 9/11 stand down.
June 18, 2013
On June 17, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs announced a NORAD exercise for the Washington, D.C. area to be held between June 18 and June 19.
The Defense Department press release states:
Exercise Falcon Virgo is designed to hone NORAD’s intercept and identification operations as well as operationally test the NCR Visual Warning System and certify newly assigned command and control personnel at JADOC. Civil Air Patrol aircraft, a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a Dover Air Force Base Aero Club Piper Seneca III will participate in the exercise.
These exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure CONR’s rapid response capability. NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and Canada since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Previous Exercises Did Nothing to Prevent 9/11
Previous “carefully planned and closely controlled” exercises failed to protect the capitol and New York City on September 11, 2001. Because of this, it is reasonable to conclude current and future exercises will also fail to protect American cities.