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NORAD’s Next Evolution

NORAD’s Next Evolution
June 19, 2017 | Source: Air Force Magazine, airforcemag.com, April 2017, Wilson Brisset

Air defense was focused on the Russians. Then it was terrorists. Now it is both.

NORAD’s mission fundamentally shifted after Sept. 11, 2001, to address the threat of asymmetric terrorist attacks aimed at North America. But now North American Aerospace Defense Command is changing its focus once again, re-emphasizing advanced threats from outside the homeland. While the internal terrorism threat endures and continues to change, the last five years have seen NORAD attune itself to an increasingly capable and expeditionary Russian military.

While the internal terrorism threat endures and continues to change, the last five years have seen NORAD attune itself to an increasingly capable and expeditionary Russian military.