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Mike Kucharek, Spokesman, NORAD

It's that most wonderful time of the year again. And as Santa gears up for his annual flight, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) prepares to track his progress. That will happen, as it always has, on Dec. 24, and Santa's location will be available to all the little and not-so-little prying eyes who can't wait for those shiny boots to drop down through their chimneys. Mike Kucharek is a spokesman for NORAD. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight into this annual event, starting with how it began.

Tags: Mike Kucharek , Christmas Eve , Santa Claus , Christmas , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DoD

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:52am EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 21, 2012

NORAD fills us in on how it's tracking Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. David Berteau of the Center for Strategic and International studies reviews the State Department's rough week. Ed Hardy of talks about a good move by the maker of BlackBerry. Dr. Jacques Gansler of the University of Maryland discusses the acquisition challenges the government will be facing in the coming years.

Tags: Bill Lewis , DoD , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , David Berteau , Center for Strategic & International Studies , Ed Hardy , Brighthand , State Department , ICE , Jacques Gansler , acquisition , Federal Drive

Friday - 12/21/2012, 11:16am EST

Va. man, 67, wins AARP spelling bee for 2nd time

A 67-year-old Virginia man out-spelled four of his cousins to capture first place at this year's AARP National Spelling Bee.

Tags: diverted flight ,

Saturday - 08/11/2012, 08:40pm EDT

NORAD Santa trackers have record holiday

Santa tracking volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado said they fielded about 102,000 telephone queries beginning early Saturday on his progress, breaking the previous mark of 80,000.

Tags: Santa Tracker

Sunday - 12/25/2011, 10:34am EST

NORAD readies for Christmas Eve mission to track Santa

Improved technology has made it easier for NORAD to hone in on the infrared signature of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer's nose. In 2010, volunteers at Santa Tracker call center answered 80,000 phone calls.

Tags: Santa Claus , Santa Tracker , DoD , Desmond James , Federal Drive

Friday - 12/23/2011, 10:38am EST

Santa, OnStar, Twitter and you

Through a partnership with OnStar, kids will be able to get live Santa updates online and in the car

Tags: tech , Santa Claus , Twitter , OnStar , Desmond James

Wednesday - 12/23/2009, 10:40am EST

Warm Hearts in a Cold War

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through CONAD, the red phone was ringing, which was usually bad.

Tags: tech , SK , Christmas , Maj. Stacey Reddish , Santa Claus , tracker

Wednesday - 12/24/2008, 04:00am EST

NORAD flights early Wednesday are just training exercise

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is conducting its training flights over the region until 5 a.m.


Wednesday - 06/15/2011, 05:57am EDT

NORAD intercepts small plane near Camp David

NORAD says two F-15 fighters had to intercept a small aircraft that had no radio communication and was flying near the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland.

Tags: Camp David , Beechcraft Bonanza

Saturday - 06/11/2011, 07:16pm EDT

Pilot error blamed in incident that scrambles fighter jets

The pilot of the Piedmont Airlines flight that lost contact with air traffic controllers turned his radio to the wrong frequency.

Tags: FAA , Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport , Hilton Head , Capitol , Max Smith , Colleen Kelleher

Saturday - 01/01/2011, 04:07pm EST
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