The commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, testified on Capitol Hill Thursday before a commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks.
General Ralph “Ed” Eberhart says Colorado Springs-based NORAD has implemented numerous changes since the attacks to improve its ability to respond and defend U.S. airspace. The investigative panel says NORAD might have been able to intercept at least one of the hijacked airliners on Sept. 11.
But the panel's report says missteps by aviation and military officials squandered precious time between when officials became aware of the first hijacking and the crash of the last hijacked plane in Pennsylvania more than an hour later.
Excerpts from Gen. Eberhart’s testimony: