NORAD & NORTHCOM host annual academic symposium

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(Left to right) Lieutenant-General Pierre St-Amand, Deputy Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, General Lori J. Robinson, Commander, NORAD and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and Lieutenant General Reynold N. Hoover, Deputy Commander USNORTHCOM, address the NORAD and USNORTHCOM Academic Symposium attendees in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo: TSgt Joe Laws, USAF, NORAD and USNORTHCOM PA

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The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) recently hosted its second annual two-day academic symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo.

More than 80 participants participated in the event which took place in early December, sponsored in conjunction with the Canadian Defence Engagement Program and the Royal Military College of Canada.

This year’s attendees said they felt fortunate to have the reflections and insights of senior leaders and mentors that included the Commander of NORAD and USNORTHCOM, General Lori Robinson, the Deputy Commander of NORAD, Lieutenant-General Pierre St-Amand, and former members of NORAD & USNORTHCOM leadership.

The event engaged a new generation of Canadian and American scholars and their uniformed counterparts over matters such as Canadian and U.S. defence relations, defence policy, and NORAD’s functions and future transformation.

“The academic community can help educate the public through sessions like this on the importance of the role that NORAD & USNORTHCOM play in the defense of North America,” said Lt. Gen. Reynold Hoover, deputy commander of USNORTHCOM.

The symposium focused on the future evolution of NORAD, U.S. and Canadian defence policy, new national and international security threats to North America, and the trilateral relationship between Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

“Establishing closer links with the academic community is essential to building the knowledge that we will need inside the Department of National Defence and the government, and in the broader public, to confront the complex security situation of the 21st century,” said Commodore Angus Topshee, NORAD & NORTHCOM Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy and Plans.

Dr. Kathryn Fisher, associate professor of International Security Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., highlighted the importance of bridging theory and practice in the discussion of the future evolution of NORAD, calling the event “a great success.”

NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning for Canada and the United States. The command has three subordinate regional headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

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