May 14, 2021

Washington State Patrol pilots successfully test special laser eye protection developed at Wright-Patterson Lab

Aiming a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime that can net offenders up to five years in jail or cost them a $250,000 fine. Even with this heavy potential penalty, laser strikes have become increasingly more common. According to the FAA, 6,852 such incidents were reported in 2020, compared with 385 in 2006, and so far this year, incidents of “joy lasing” are up 20 percent over last year. Cheap and easily obtained, hand-held lasers used as pointers and cat toys are certainly harmless when used as intended. But when they are aimed at the cockpit of an aircraft, they can temporarily blind the pilot — with possibly deadly consequences.

May 10, 2021

Putting the Space into NORAD / L’espace au service du NORAD

On May 12, 1981, Canada and the United States of America renewed the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) agreement for another five years, extending the successful bi-national partnership,

April 26, 2021

Curaçao Counter Drug Operation International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day marked a poignant opportunity to recognize the value these women provide to both the Canadian and United States’ Air Forces and their direct role in this operation’s success. They gathered together on the morning of March 8th to recognize the momentous occasion and celebrate each other’s successes.

April 15, 2021

U.S. Must Get 'On the Field' in Arctic to Defend National Interests There

The U.S. has to develop more persistence in the Arctic region if it wants to be a player there, according to the commander of U.S. Northern Command.

April 14, 2021

USNORTHCOM and NORAD Posture Statement


March 30, 2021

Deter in Competition, Deescalate in Crisis, and Defeat in Conflict

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), both located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, are two distinct commands, bound together and united in a common purpose—charged with the resolute mission of defending North America. NORAD defends the United States and Canada against threats in the air domain and provides aerospace and maritime warning. Founded in 2002 in the wake of 9/11, USNORTHCOM defends the United States against threats across all domains, conducts cooperative defense activities with our allies and partners in North America, and, when required, supports Federal, state, and local agencies with unique military capabilities to conduct defense support of civil authorities.

March 17, 2021

NORAD Conducts Arctic Air Defense Exercise AMALGAM DART

From March 20 to 26, 2021, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will be conducting an arctic air defence exercise. Exercise AMALGAM DART will see a variety of military aircraft from

March 17, 2021


Du 20 au 26 mars 2021, le Commandement de la défense aérospatiale de l’Amérique du Nord (NORAD) dirigera un exercice de défense aérienne dans l’Arctique. Pour l’exercice AMALGAM DART divers avions

March 15, 2021

COMMANDER NORAD and USNORTHCOM releases Strategic Vision

Today, General Glen VanHerck, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command (NORAD and USNORTHCOM) released his strategic vision for the future and his priorities for ensuring the defense of the United States and Canada.

Feb. 18, 2021

Arctic Survival and Search and Rescue key topics during sixth Arctic Airpower Seminar

Also known as JABAS, or Joint Agile Basing Airpower Seminar, this ongoing series of discussions is designed to bring key stakeholders in the fields of academia, science, environment, information,

Feb. 17, 2021

ARCTIC WARRIOR 21: Extreme environment builds resilience and readiness

Arctic Warrior, a U.S. Army Alaska-led exercise designed to test the ability of 4-25th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), “Spartans” and supporting units’ Arctic combat readiness in facing near-peer adversaries in Arctic conditions, will conclude, February 19, 2021.

Jan. 25, 2021

176th Wing Airmen participate in NOBLE DEFENDER rescue exercise

Alaska Air National Guardsmen of 176th Wing participated in the Operation Noble Defender search-and-rescue/personnel recovery (SAR/PR) exercise Jan. 19 to 22, 2021, in Southcentral Alaska. Noble Defender is a North American Aerospace Defense Command Arctic air-defense operation.

Dec. 23, 2020

NORAD, USNORTHCOM’s Command Center garnered C2 Center Award; continues COVID mission assurance into the New Year

The command center of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, known as the N2C2, was recently awarded the Air Force District of Washington’s annual U.S. Air Force Service Watch/MAJCOM Command Center Award and they will compete at the Air Force level.

Dec. 8, 2020

USAF member based in Canada recognized for dedication

Lieutenant-Colonel Nathan Willis, United States Air Force, was recently recognized as the First Air Force (United States Air Force) Field Grade Officer of the Third Quarter (July to September 2020).

Nov. 9, 2020

NORAD Agile Basing Airpower Seminar investigates options to bring further innovation to Canada’s North

As the Canadian NORAD Region looks to further project joint airpower into the Arctic region for full-spectrum and pan-domain operations, an ongoing series of seminars known as the Joint Agile Basing

Oct. 23, 2020

New aircrew badge announcement made at 22 Wing North Bay

The Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force unveiled the new Airborne Warning and Control System aircrew badge (‘wings’) at North Bay’s 22 Wing/Canadian Air Defence Sector on Oct. 23, 2020. The badge was converted from the current upswept flight crew specialty badge to the more appropriate out-stretched full wing Aircrew Flying badge and will be worn by AWACS qualified Aerospace Controllers and Aerospace Control Operators. The timing of this ceremony was fitting given that October 2020 marks the 80th anniversary of air defence operations in the RCAF.

Oct. 7, 2020

WADS Airman supports food banks, jobless, wildfire response

INCHELIUM, Wash. – An infrastructure technician from the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, demonstrated the tremendous value of a drill status Guardsman this summer.When Senior

Oct. 3, 2020

Army, Air Force form partnership, lay foundation for CJADC2 interoperability

Unity among military branches and a combined, all-domain effort could be the difference in winning large-scale, multi-domain battles the Army expects to fight in the future.

Oct. 2, 2020

NORAD and USNORTHCOM master sergeant receives medal for heroism

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. David Stergion Jr., North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command NCO-in-charge of Intelligence Plans and Exercises, was presented the Joint Service

Oct. 2, 2020

Irregular Warfare Annex to National Defense Strategy Made Public

The Defense Department released the unclassified portion of the Irregular Warfare Annex to the 2018 National Defense Strategy.