New NORAD commander coming

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Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced Tuesday that President Obama has nominated Navy Vice Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. for appointment to the rank of admiral and assignment as commander of Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. Both are based at Peterson Air Force Base.

Winnefeld is currently serving as director of strategic plans and policy, and as senior member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Military Staff Committee at the Pentagon. If confirmed, he will replace Gen. Gene Renuart, who's been commander since 2007.

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