DENVER—May 30, 2014—Today, Josef Korbel School students enrolled in Dr. Ben Gochman's graduate course, INTS 4989: North American Defense and Security visited North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) Headquarters at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
NORAD conducts aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning in the defense of North America. USNORTHCOM partners to conduct homeland defense, civil support and security cooperation to defend and secure the United States and its interests.
The highlight of the visit included roundtable discussion with General Chuck Jacoby, Commander, NORAD and USNORTHCOM (4 Star Army General) on the future of North American Defense and Security relationship with Canada and Mexico. Other topics discussed included Natural and Man-Made Disasters, Balistic Missle Defense, Cyber Threats, Transnational Criminal Organizations, Border and Transportation Security, and Homegrown Violent Extremism.
In addition, students received the Bi-Command Brief focusing on the missions of NORAD and USNORTHCOM and Mexico Transnational Criminal Organization Threat Brief by N-NC/J2 Intelligence Directorate. The students participated in a Roundtable Discussion with representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). The visit concluded with a brief on the Future of U.S. - Mexico Defense Cooperation from the Mexican Navy Foreign Liaison Officer to USNORTHCOM.