US and Canada want to collaborate on NORAD modernization

August 19, 2021

Defense News:

Military leaders in Canada and the United States plan to work together to modernize the North American Aerospace Defense Command, jointly investing in new sensing and command and control capabilities to protect the continent from new ballistic missile threats.

“To meet our security and defense objectives, both countries must be secure within our shared North American continent. The stronger and safer we are at home, the more we are capable of engaging and acting together in the wider world, in support of a strong, rules-based international order,” the Minister of National Defence of Canada Harjit Sajjan and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in a joint statement.

NORAD is an air defense-focused organization the U.S. runs in tandem with Canada. The commander is typically a four-star U.S. general, while the deputy director is typically a three-star Canadian general. NORAD is led by Gen. Glen VanHerck, who also serves as the head of U.S. Northern Command, which is charged with homeland defense. The general said he sees the two organizations’ respective missions as inseparable…

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