After a day of silence, both Pentagon and NATO officials acknowledged the shooting down of their Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in eastern Iran, alleging that the aircraft with a mission to fly over western Afghanistan had gone astray.
Shooting down a satellite is particularly sensitive because of the controversy surrounding China's anti-satellite test last year, when Beijing shot down one of its defunct weather satellites, drawing immediate criticism from the US and other countries.
Eisenhower needed to know the Germans' troop concentrations at Normandy for the D-Day invasion, it was East who went up the morning of June 6, 1944, and took the reconnaissance photographs - shooting down an enemy aircraft along the way.
The base is testing a new air superiority fighter, the F-22; will test a 747 mounted with a laser for shooting down enemy missiles; and is preparing for the arrival of the joint strike fighter program later this year.
Earlier this year, a senior Iranian military official had confirmed reports on the shooting down of several enemy drones over the Persian Gulf, and said Iran has targeted a large number of these pilotless planes during the last 7 years.
Speaking during a standing-room-only rally in Lancaster, Cheney said he believes the United States has the technological ability to field a system for shooting down enemy nuclear missiles, and should not allow Russian opposition to stop it.