Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A new partner in NORAD?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Should Canada and the United States make its bi-national command into a tri-national command?

That's the question at the heart of a paper by a friend of mine, Jim Carafano, a homeland security expert at the conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation, in Washington, D.C.

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Carafano, an accomplished historian and teacher who's written several books, knows his stuff and he's quoted plenty in news stories about various national security issues, including by me in the past.

His latest treatise, done in collaboration with Heritage's analysts, investigates whether the North American Aerospace Defense Command, based at Peterson Air Force Base, should expand.

"NORAD should now adapt further by expanding both its membership and its range of functions," the paper states. "The United States and Canada should invite Mexico to join NORAD. Bringing Mexico into NORAD would greatly enhance NORAD’s aerial and maritime surveillance capabilities in North America and help to build a common strategic vision among North American countries that respects and strengthens the sovereignty of each nation while addressing common threats and concerns."

In the Independent's interview with the new NORAD chief, Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., the commander sidestepped whether Mexico should become a full member, but he emphasized the importance of the U.S. working closely with Mexico on some of that country's drug-related problems.

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