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U.S. Northern Command NORTHCOM

APRIL 2013

Commander
U.S. Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr.

U.S. Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr.Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr. is commander of U.S. Northern Command, which is responsible for homeland defense and defense support to civil authorities, and of North American Aerospace Defense Command, which is charged with detecting, validating and warning of an attack against North America.

Northcom Maintains Watch Over Homeland, Commander Says

In an era of leaner budgets and other uncertainties, U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command will remain committed to deterring, preventing and defeating aggression against the United States and Canada, Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., the chief of the two commands, told a Senate panel. Story

Northcom Priorities

Expand, Strengthen Trusted Partnerships

Northcom Calls Partnerships Central to Mission Success

Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, center, and his staff receive an update on weather conditions in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy during a commander's assessment meeting, Oct. 30, 2012.In one of his first acts after taking command of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command in August 2011, Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr. revised Northcom's mission statement to reflect the importance of partnerships to its success. Story

Advance Binational Military Command

U.S., Canada Think Ahead to 'NORAD Next'

U.S. Army Gen. Charles Jacoby Jr., commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, is greeted by an honor guard while visiting the Canadian NORAD Region headquarters at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Canada, Jan. 24, 2012.More than a half century since it was established to confront the Cold War threat, North American Aerospace Defense Command is at a new crossroads as officials in the United States and Canada determine the capabilities it will need to confront emerging challenges and threats in the decades ahead. Story

Maintain People Focus

People Provide Foundation for Northcom, NORAD Homeland Defense

Army Sgt. Adama Ilbouda, left, with the New York Army National Guard, and Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Tayler of the New York Air National Guard's 274th Air Support Operations Squadron, distribute fuel at the Staten Island Armory during the Hurricane Sandy response, Nov. 3, 2012.Beyond technology, systems and processes, it's people who form the foundation for U.S. Northern Command's and North American Aerospace Defense Command's homeland security mission, the commands' leader said. Story

Enhance Capabilities to Outpace Threats

Northcom Pursues More Robust Ballistic Missile Defenses

Technicians prepare a ground based Interceptor for emplacement into Missile Field 2 at the Missile Defense Complex at Fort Greely, Alaska, Feb. 25, 2012.The United States is advancing technologies to counter the increasing threat of short- and medium-range missiles launched by rogue states or terrorists, a top U.S. Northern Command officer said. Story

Promote All-Domain Situational Awareness

NORAD Promotes Maritime Awareness to Protect Homeland

Assured access to secure networks is vital to the homeland defense mission of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, and to Northcom's key role in providing military support to civil authorities as requested. The North American Air Defense Command's maritime division and other U.S. and Canadian agencies work together to prevent a potential 9/11 in the maritime domain by processing, assessing and disseminating intelligence and information about hundreds of thousands of ships around the globe. Story