Today’s increasingly complex security environment is defined by increased inter-state competition, the changing nature of conflict, rapid technological change, and challenges from adversaries in every operating domain. Adversaries have methodically formulated doctrine and developed the capability to support it, specifically aimed at threatening our countries with conflict below the nuclear threshold. To meet the demand of the emerging security environment, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) has partnered with academia to seek new ways to shape the security environment and enhance the United States and Canadian defense capabilities.

NORAD and USNORTHCOM invites all institutions to partner in research that is mutually beneficial in the areas of aerospace defense, homeland defense, security cooperation and Defense Support of Civil Authorities. The below research topics list identifies current and previous areas of interest and can potentially be used to satisfy student research project or capstone requirements while assisting NORAD and USNORTHCOM improve our understanding of the focus area. We have a broad research topics list that can potentially be used to satisfy student research project requirements while helping to advance NORAD and USNORTHCOM's understanding of a given focus area.  

Click here to read Academic Year 2023-2024 Prospective Research Topic Nominations.