"We have the watch."
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America. Aerospace warning includes the monitoring of man-made objects in space, and the detection, validation, and warning of attack against North America whether by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles, through mutual support arrangements with other commands.
Aerospace control includes ensuring air sovereignty and air defense of the airspace of Canada and the United States. The renewal of the NORAD Agreement in May 2006 added a maritime warning mission, which entails a shared awareness and understanding of the activities conducted in U.S. and Canadian maritime approaches, maritime areas and internal waterways.
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, NORAD's mission has evolved over the years to meet the changing threat. Through outstanding bi-national cooperation, NORAD has proven itself effective in its roles of watching, warning, and responding. The events of September 11, 2001 demonstrated NORAD’s continued relevance to North American security. Today, NORAD provides civil authorities with a potent military response capability to counter domestic airspace threats should all other methods fail.
The men and women of NORAD are constantly watching the skies and waterways of the United States and Canada to keep us safe.
The NORAD Tracks Santa® (NTS) program has been around for a long time…since 1955 to be exact! And while NORAD has the history and the necessary technology to track Santa, the NTS program spends only minimal government funds.
So, how do we do it? The NTS program is funded through generous contributions from our corporate team. Everything from computer servers, web site design, video imaging, Santa’s tracking map, and telephone services are donated.
Without this generosity, the NTS program would not be as successful. NORAD would like to thank each and every one of our counterparts for their terrific support.
The NTS program is managed by the NORAD and the United States Northern Command Public Affairs Office at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
The 2014 NORAD Tracks Santa® program is made possible by the following corporate contributors:
The use of trade, firm, or corporation names on this website does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the United States Department of Defense or NORAD of any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable.
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media should use the email address NTSMedia@outlook.com to:
Broadcasters interested in arranging live video interviews, downloading video, audio, B-roll, historical and/or "Santa Cam" files should contact the Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) at NORADTracksSanta@dvidshub.net . requests can also be submitted by going to http://www.dvidshub.net and clicking on the media request link. Please be sure to adhere to the broadcasting instructions.
Along with the above information, the NORAD Public Affairs Team is always ready to assist reporters with additional information concerning the program. Please contact the NORAD Public Affairs office with your specific requests or questions at: