If the government shutdown that started about 12 hours ago (at the moment of writing the question) will continue (and probably will) later than 24 december, than what will happen with NORAD Santa tracker?

This article says it will not affect the military, but still, leaving the joke aside, it is a government shutdown and NORAD Santa would seem as using some money for really nothing especially now.

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The NORAD Santa tracker will operate as normal, according to the NORAD official twitter webpage (@Norad_Northcom)

In the event of a government shutdown, NORAD will continue with its 63-year tradition of NORAD Tracks Santa on Dec. 24. Military personnel who conduct NORAD Tracks Santa are supported by approximately 1,500 volunteers who make the program possible each and every year.

Per Twitter:

On a related note, I can also confirm that since Santa isn't an employee of the US government, his deliveries will be unaffected.

  • Wow...as usual, the military seems to be the most advantaged of all the departments. And I don't doubt that this all tracking thing is worth some good millions
    – user17
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 19:24
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    @user17 - I suspect that the NORAD tracker uses very little of NORAD's actual resources. Per the FAQ; "How much money is spent on this project? The NORAD Tracks Santa program is made possible by volunteers and through the support of corporate partners who bear virtually all of the costs."
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 20:04
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    "Santa isn't an employee of the US government" - [citation needed]
    – user4012
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 20:45
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    @user4012 - I've heard that the best part of working for Santa is the excellent elf insurance
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 20:46
  • @user4012 I've heard rumors that SANTA is the codename of a US intelligence asset with a "present delivery" cover story.
    – cpast
    Commented Dec 24, 2018 at 18:30

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