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Korbel School Students Visit NORAD, USNORTHCOM Headquarters

Annual Visit Informs Students Enrolled in International Security Master's Degree and Homeland Security Certificate Program

DENVER—April 19, 2016—Korbel School students in the International Security Master's Degree and Homeland Security Certificate Program visited North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) Headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 8. The 20 students are enrolled in Dr. Ben Gochman's graduate course, North American Defense and Security (INTS 4989).

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.

Korbel School students with Dr. Ben Gochman at NORAD and USNORTHCOM, April 8, 2016

The highlight of this year's visit included roundtable discussions with Admiral Bill Gortney, Commander, NORAD and USNORTHCOM (4-Star Navy Admiral); LGEN Pierre St-Amand, NORAD Deputy Commander (3-Star Canadian General), and LTG Daniel Hokanson, USNORTHCOM Deputy Commander (3-Star Army General), on the future of North American Defense and Security relationship with Canada and Mexico. Other topics discussed included Ballistic Missile Defense, Threats to the Homeland, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Homegrown Violent Extremism.

In addition, students received the Bi-Command Brief focusing on the missions of NORAD and USNORTHCOM and N-NC/J2 Threat Brief on Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations. The visit concluded with a briefing by Col. Armando Ayala, SEDENA (Mexican Army and Air Force) Liaison Officer to USNORTHCOM on the Mexico's Army and Air Force.

Founded in 1964, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver is among the world's leading schools for the study of international relations and is one of the nation's leading institutions focused on social science research. Offering fresh perspectives and outside-the-Beltway thinking on the most pressing global issues of our time, the school offers degree programs in international affairs and is named in honor of its founder and first dean, Josef Korbel. Follow the Korbel School on Facebook and Twitter.