NORAD Head: Russian Bombers Sending a Message Russia is using its long-range bomber fleet to send a message to the US, and the general charged with protecting the homeland says those flights will continue, or even expand, in the coming months. Adm. Bill Gortney said the flights by long-range Russian bombers are “messaging” for the US, a reminder that there is another nation capable of power projection. “They are messaging us. They are messaging us that they are a global power,” Gortney told reporters Tuesday, before noting that “we do the same sort of thing.” Gortney said the number of Russian flights near the US has gone up since tensions between the two nations began to rise following the former’s invasion and annexation of Crimea last February, with North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) keeping a close eye on where those planes are and what they are doing. FULL REPORT