NORAD’s struggle for relevance on its 60th birthday

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COMMENTARY

by Andrea Charron

The Conversation
May 8, 2018

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will celebrate its 60th anniversary this week.

On May 12, 1958, the United States and Canada, recognizing that it made more sense to defend the airspace of North America together rather than separately, signed the first NORAD agreement.

This mutual defence logic, which drove the joint defence of North America following more than a decade of bilateral air defence, made infinite sense during the Cold War, when both states were threatened by the Soviet Union and its bear bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles....

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