Admiral – Smaller-Scale Terror Plots a Big Concern

Small, hard-to-detect terror plots are an increasing concern for the military command responsible for protecting the homeland, according to the top Navy officer tapped to take over U.S. Northern Command.

Vice Adm. James Winnefeld Jr. did not refer directly to the Christmas attempt to take down a Detroit-bound airliner, but he told senators in a congressional document that the evolving move by extremists to wage smaller-scale attacks is a key worry.

“This threat is determined and patient, will attempt to use our freedoms against us, will search for any path to produce violent events and harbors no qualms about killing innocent men, women and children to achieve its objectives,” Winnefeld said in a Senate questionnaire obtained by The Associated Press.

Winnefeld has been nominated to take over the U.S. Northern Command as well as the North American Aerospace Command, or NORAD, which defends against air, space and maritime threats. Both are headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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