Canada Norad modernization awaiting political direction as China, Russia develop new threats

02:01  01 december  2021
02:01  01 december  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Beyond NORAD and Modernization to North American Defence Evolution. Image: Corbis. Policy Paper. The most immediate and pressing concerns facing North American defence are from Russia , largely because China , for the time being, has adopted a regional access denial strategy, rather than an inter-continental one. Strategically, Russia has adopted the doctrine of ‘escalation to de-escalate’.2 In a regional crisis or conflict, likely around Russian borders as a function of the expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe, Russia may seek to escalate the crisis by threatening or striking at a

OTTAWA — The commander of the North American Aerospace Defence Command says China and Russia are developing new ways to attack even as he waits for political direction to modernize the continent’s outdated early-warning system.

  Norad modernization awaiting political direction as China, Russia develop new threats © Provided by The Canadian Press

U.S. Gen. Glen VanHerck made the comments during a roundtable with reporters this afternoon during his first visit to Ottawa since taking over as Norad commander in August 2020.

His visit comes amid growing concerns about the development and deployment of long-range cruise missiles and so-called hypersonic weapons by Russia and China that are capable of striking North America.

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While Russia presents the immediate air breathing threat to North America, future threats may include new adversaries which are likely to present a similar air breathing threat as advanced A/SLCMs technologies diffuse. Furthermore, the threat may include potential non-state actors or terrorist organizations. This brief outline of the new geopolitical/strategic environment of today and tomorrow creates major challenges for NORAD modernization and the future evolution of North American defence cooperation. Both must be examined not simply in terms of the current environment, but also

In particular, NORAD must be able to detect and identify those threats earlier and respond to them faster and more decisively, including aerospace threats transiting our northern approaches. Defending our shared continent in a changing world. This Joint Statement is intended to guide our collaborative efforts to modernize NORAD over the coming years. Significant progress has been made to identify solutions for detecting, identifying, characterizing, and tracking new conventional threats to North America.

VanHerck says the string of 50-year-old radars that have formed the backbone of North America’s defensive network are unable to detect such modern threats.

Canada and the U.S. have committed for years to upgrading the entire system, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden issuing a joint statement to that effect last August.

Yet VanHerck says those efforts are still in their infancy.

And he says he is hoping for direction from Defence Minister Anita Anand and her American counterpart sooner rather than later so work on meeting the emerging threats can begin in earnest.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2021.

Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

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