Immediate Release

U.S.-Canada Permanent Joint Board on Defense Discusses Defense Priorities, NORAD Modernization

June 25, 2021

On June 25, 2021, the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Dr. Mara Karlin, hosted the 239th meeting of the U.S.-Canada Permanent Joint Board on Defense (PJBD).  Started in 1940, the PJBD is a critical forum for U.S.-Canada bilateral defense cooperation, which brings together key leaders to discuss bilateral defense issues and overall defense priorities.  Dr. Karlin, the acting U.S. co-chair of the PJBD, and the Honorable John McKay, the Canadian co-chair, convened a virtual meeting of the PJBD to discuss North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) modernization and the benefits of consulting during the development of strategic defense guidance.  The PJBD reviewed a framework to guide NORAD modernization efforts to improve capabilities necessary for NORAD to conduct its aerospace and maritime warning and aerospace control missions. The co-chairs re-affirmed the importance of the U.S.-Canada defense relationship and the need to deepen collaboration on areas of mutual defense and security interest.