The fate of a run-down, Cold War-era early warning radar tower rests in the balance. Perched prominently atop Mount Umunhum, overlooking San Jose, Calif., sits the concrete structure, which was a part of Almaden Air Force Station until its closure in 1980. The San Jose Mercury News reports that the Midpeninsula Open Space District, a government agency in Los Altos, Calif., is currently developing the site as a recreation area, opening the debate as to whether the tower should remain as a tribute to Cold War history, or be cleared away. A public workshop is scheduled for Thursday in Los Gatos to give members of local communities a chance to weigh in on the issue. The radar site became operational in 1957, as part of the NORAD’s San Francisco Air Defense Sector.
The Senate Appropriations Committee released its version of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act on Oct. 18, proposing an additional half billion dollars for the Space Force's 2022 budget and an extra 16 C-130Js for the Air Force, while leaving the service's requests for F-35s and F-15EXs untouched.