"NORAD and USNORTHCOM were honoured to host Major General Stoye and support our global defence interests in an increasingly complex operating environment," said Lieutenant-General Alain Pelletier, Royal Canadian Air Force, Deputy Commander, NORAD. "Enhancing our commands' ability to integrate with allies and security partners on a global scale provides us the all-domain awareness and information dominance capabilities required to generate effective response options to our strategic competitors, therefore creating decision space for our leaders," he added.
Enhancing our commands' ability to integrate with allies and security partners on a global scale provides us the all-domain awareness and information dominance capabilities required to generate effective response options
While NATO Air Policing began in 1961 - exactly 60 years ago - NORAD started their mission three years earlier, in 1958. NORAD covers both the continental United States and Canada. It has three regional headquarters: the Canadian NORAD Region headquartered at 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the two US regions - Alaska NORAD Region and Continental U.S. NORAD Region - headquartered at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska, and Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, respectively.
"Safeguarding the airspace on both sides of the Atlantic epitomises NATO's transatlantic link," said MG Stoye. "The Arctic region and the High North is a shared area of interest which is of great importance to NATO. Our Allied controllers, radar operators and fighter pilots ensure 24/7 vigilance and readiness providing deterrence and defence across the Euro-Atlantic area," he added.
NORAD is a bi-national United States and Canadian organization, charged with the missions of aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America. Aerospace warning includes the monitoring of man-made objects in space, and the detection, validation, and warning of attack against North America whether by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles, through mutual support arrangements with other commands. Aerospace control includes ensuring air sovereignty and air defence of the airspace of Canada and the United States. The May 2006 NORAD Agreement renewal added a maritime warning mission, which entails a shared awareness and understanding of the activities conducted in U.S. and Canadian maritime approaches, maritime areas and inland waterways.
Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office