Emergency Preparedness

NORAD Trains for Terrorist Attack Over Northwest Ohio

The 180th Air National Guard at Toledo Express Airport trained for a terrorist attack Thursday. They were part of a NORAD exercise where two armed F-16’s took flight to intercept a passenger jet possibly hijacked by terrorists.

Michael Cornell, Director of Owens Community Colleg’s Center for Preparedness, says “It’s just another example of how well the country is working to prepare for what many feel is an inevitable attack.”

Cornell believes a terrorist attack is imminent, citing the failed Christmas Day bomber in Detroit.

However, Cornell believes the U.S. has come a long way, but says there’s always room for growth and preparedness training. “I don’t think we’re where we need to be, but (we’re) a lot better off than we were five to ten years ago.”

via NORAD trains for terrorist attack over northwest Ohio – WTOL.com, Toledo’s News Leader, News 11 |.

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  • Constant vigilance is the name of the game, one hope the leadership is not tempted to sacrifice such proactive training measures in the face of pressure on budgets.

    It would be particularly unwise to follow the route of the British Government who have successfully over the last 15 years see the military as a resource to hack to pieces, whilst I might add adding additional demands upon that same resource during the same period.

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