Canadian, US Military Leaders Agreee on Framework To Retool NORAD
Military leaders from the US and Canada have come to an agreement on the nuts and bolts retooling of NORAD, CBC news has learned. Now over six decades old, the bi-national air and maritime defence command - and its associated airfields, radar stations and satellite network - has been in need of a maor overhaul in the face of emerging threats, such as North Korean ballistic missiles and rapidly advancing cruise missile technology. Word of the understanding comes as two Canadian CF-18s and two American F-22 Raptors intercepted two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers which pressed close to North American airspace on Thursday.
James Ferguson of the University of Manitoba, one of the pre-eminent researchers on NORAD said the price will be substantial. Replacing the North Warning System chain of radar stations alone could cost as much as $11 billion, he said. The Liberal government has made much of saying its defence plans are fully costed, but it deliberately did not include the calculation for NORAD modernization in its policy.
Military officials would not say precisely what capabilities they are proposing, but among the biggest open question is whether a re-equipped NORAD will mean an end to Canada's long-standing prohibition on participating in ballistic missile defence.
The Liberal government's defence policy was explicit, saying Canada would not change course on missile defence, but dramatic nuclear and rocket tests by the rogue regime in North Korea have prompted both the House of Commons and the Senate defence committees to recommend a change of heart..."
NO TO NORAD, NUKES & NEW COLD WAR REMILITARIZATION!