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  Defense Tech: Northcom's Muddy Mission
Northcom [U.S. Northern Command] established a joint task force to facilitate help, but many of the ships it ordered to the Gulf Coast just reached the area this week.
Northcom, for example, was given responsibility for directing military operations in the event of a domestic disaster but was not given command over any troops and hardware for its immediate use...It took another two years for [Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense Paul] McHale to issue a Defense Department strategy for homeland security...
Northcom and HS responded as anyone that has watch disasters in the US before would expect, the state and local govt however dropped the ball like I have never seen before.
www.defensetech.org /archives/001803.html   (598 words)

 U.S. Northern Command
U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) stood up Oct. 1, 2002, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The NORTHCOM commander is responsible for homeland defense and also serve as head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), a U.S.-Canada command.
NORTHCOM's area of operations includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, parts of the Caribbean and the contiguous waters in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
The NORTHCOM headquarters has established liaisons with the homeland security directors of each state, and has working ties with related federal and state agencies.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/agency/dod/northcom.htm   (2487 words)

 Air Force Times - News - More News.
Northern Command, known as Northcom, was the military’s response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, putting defense of the United States under one command.
Even before Northcom was fully operational, it helped authorities during the Washington, D.C., sniper attacks and with the recovery of the space shuttle Columbia.
Northcom has an $81 million budget for 2003 and 750 government personnel watching over the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and the oceans for 500 miles off the coast.
www.airforcetimes.com /story.php?f=1-292925-2249670.php   (395 words)

 NORTHCOM Prepares to Support Relief Efforts for Hurricane Rita
NORTHCOM's Joint Operations Center continues 24-hour operations in Colorado Springs, Colo., to monitor the storm's progress and to facilitate subsequent requests that may come from FEMA representatives.
NORTHCOM requested approval from the Joint Staff for four heavy-lift and four medium-lift helicopters to be forward-staged at Patrick Air Force Base, near Cocoa Beach, Fla., and available for potential damage assessments.
NORTHCOM, in coordination with Joint Task Force Katrina and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, continues to track force adjustment as units move in and out of the area in support of transition operations.
www.theconservativevoice.com /articles/article.html?id=8433   (611 words)

 DenverPost.com - Anti-terror fight takes to the seas
Northcom commanders contend terrorists will try to hijack ships and use them to smuggle people and weapons, or turn the vessels into giant floating bombs.
Northcom surveillance crews, working in a new operations center at Peterson Air Force Base, scan growing amounts of airspace, maritime and other data integrated with intelligence from spy agencies, the FBI and others.
Northcom is one of several regional commands that coordinate U.S. military operations in various parts of the world.
www.denverpost.com /ci_3500277?source=rss   (1619 words)

 CCC - NORTHCOM and Homeland Defense
NorthCom, which is slated to become operational in October 2002, will exercise command over all forces that operate within the United States in response to external threats and in support of civil authorities.
The creation of NorthCom came as part of a broader review of the Unified Command Plan in which several other changes were announced affecting the roles and responsibilities of the nine regional and functional commands.
In situations, where, for example, the NorthCom Commander wants additional maritime assets in response to a specific threat, he will need to process a request for forces from the Joint Forces Command via the Joint Staff and a determination will need to be made on which organization will exercise operational control.
www.ccc.nps.navy.mil /si/may02/homeland.asp   (1037 words)

 JTF-CS "Northern Command to Assume Defense Duties Oct. 1"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
NORTHCOM, created as part of changes to the Unified Command Plan, will be the combatant command for defense of the United States.
The establishment of NORTHCOM is part of the greatest transformation of the Unified Command Plan since its inception in 1947, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said during the April 17 unveiling of the command.
NORTHCOM will be in the military chain of command and will support civilian agencies as needed.
www.jtfcs.northcom.mil /pages/news20020925.html   (483 words)

 General info: Northcom
Northcom takes on its civil support role when an emergency exceeds the capabilities of local, state and federal agencies.
Northcom’s area of operation is the air, land and sea access to the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the surrounding waters to about 500 nautical miles offshore.
What it does: Northcom was founded as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to assist in homeland defense and to support civil agencies as they need it.
www.washingtontechnology.com /news/18_21/federal/22679-1.html   (372 words)

 DefenseLINK News: Military Prepares Response to Hurricane Rita   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
NORTHCOM's Joint Operations Center continues 24-hour operations to monitor the storm's progress and to facilitate subsequent requests for assistance that may come from FEMA representatives.
To prepare for possible landfall on the Gulf of Mexico coastline, NORTHCOM planners are watching the storm closely to identify what resources may be needed and when they may be needed, officials said, and commitment of resources will dependent on the track the storm takes and the areas affected.
NORTHCOM officials explained that Defense Department assets are employed in support of a primary federal agency, in this case FEMA, when local and state assets are overwhelmed or exhausted, and when DoD assistance is requested by that primary agency and subsequently approved by the secretary of defense.
www.defenselink.mil /news/Sep2005/20050922_2819.html   (933 words)

 northcom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
NORTHCOM has the primary mission of "homeland security" with a focus on coordinating with local, state, national and international agencies rather than commanding large combat forces as the other nine unified commands do.
NORTHCOM most likely will include Army active and reserve home defense units in the U.S. as well as the bulk of the Army and Air Force's pool of U.S.-based combat units.
The importance of NORTHCOM is that it formalizes the role of the U.S. military in "homeland security" on American soil during peacetime and during war.
www.nlg.org /mltf/northcom.html   (5227 words)

 US Northern Command and Hurricane Rita
In the wake of 9/11, its mandate directly responds and relates to the "threat of terrorist attacks": its stated objective is to "defend the Homeland".
See, NORTHCOM is the main entity that interfaces, that uses federal assets, federal troops to interface with local and state government.
'NorthCom is the main entity that interfaces that, uses federal assets, federal troops to interface with federal and state government.
www.prisonplanet.com /Pages/Sept05/240905Northcom.htm   (1523 words)

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Northcom moved the trial court to dismiss the plaintiff's case against it.
Thus, because the contract between Northcom and the plaintiffs refers to the AAA's rules governing the arbitration of disputes, those rules are made applicable to this case by the contract, and they govern this dispute, including the procedures for initiating the arbitration proceedings.
Furthermore, it is clear that Northcom could not have waived its right to arbitrate by failing to initiate arbitration proceedings when it never had the burden to do so under the terms of the arbitration agreement.
www.wallacejordan.com /decisions/Opinions2002/1002072.htm   (2076 words)

 U.S. Northern Command - Newsroom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Marine Col. Gene Pino, NORTHCOM’s director of training and exercises, also stressed the importance of relationship building, saying exercises like DP ’03 are possible only with local and state participation, and interaction with other federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security.
DP ’03, which began Aug. 18, was touted as NORTHCOM’s graduation exercise to reach full operational capability.
General Myers said everybody at NORTHCOM did a good job designing an exercise that really tests the command’s ability to respond to a very severe incident.
www.northcom.mil /newsroom/news_release/2003/082903a.htm   (628 words)

 Battlespace America
The new NORTHCOM is designed to take command of every National Guard unit in the country, as well as regular troops, and wield them as a unified force.
Critics of NORTHCOM say they recognize the need to protect America from terrorist attack, but argue that the delicate task of domestic intelligence gathering should be left to law enforcement.
NORTHCOM is still prohibited from doing much of the work police departments and the FBI do, but it could end up doing work that its parallel commands do overseas.
www.motherjones.com /news/outfront/2005/05/battlespace_america.html   (1326 words)

 NORTHCOM remains focused on homeland defense   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
The admiral told the nearly 500 attendees that NORAD and NORTHCOM are working to improve the way the commands execute their vital missions.
NORTHCOM was created in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S. to serve as the Defense Department's lead for homeland defense and defense support to civil authorities.
Keating noted that recent NORTHCOM rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita have improved the nation's preparedness for the next manmade or natural disaster.
www.dcmilitary.com /navy/tester/10_45/national_news/38177-1.html   (514 words)

 PARAMETERS, US Army War College Quarterly - Winter 2003-04
NORTHCOM finds itself in a position familiar to the other regional combatant commands in that it must interact with the numerous sovereign nations in its area of responsibility and develop appropriate Theater Security Cooperation Plans (TSCP).
It is therefore important for the NORTHCOM staff to understand State Defense Force capabilities and limitations, and to keep in mind appropriate roles and missions for these forces as they work through the state AGs to develop contingency plans for the next terrorist attack or disaster.
Since NORTHCOM will be looking to the states and territories for first-responders and initial forces, it is important that its planning staff consider State Defense Forces and integrate them into contingency planning for regional and state responses for homeland security.
www.carlisle.army.mil /usawc/parameters/03winter/tulak.htm   (5901 words)

 NORTHCOM Prepares to Support Relief Efforts for Hurricane Rita
WASHINGTON - U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) is prepared to meet requests for assistance that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may issue prior to and in the wake of Hurricane Rita, military officials reported Sept. 20.
The hurricane near the Florida Keys strengthened to Category 2 Sept. 20 and is forecast to strengthen further as it moves westward into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to Hurricane Rita, NORTHCOM is monitoring other tropical weather patterns and continues assisting with Hurricane Katrina recovery, monitoring defense of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, and providing for the defense of the U.S., officials said.
www.military.com /NewsContent/0,13319,77412,00.html   (721 words)

 NORTHCOM Prepares for Possible Pandemic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
One most critical NORTHCOM mission during a possible pandemic is to keep the American public informed.
With so many people unable to perform their normal jobs, federal and state agencies plan to assist with critical national missions such as maintaining transportation and distribution systems to ensure people have access to food, medicines and other supplies.
Although NORTHCOM is prepared to take on more duties if requested by the president or secretary of defense, the command's primary mission will remain its "non-negotiable contract with the American people to defend the homeland," Bassani said.
www.military.com /features/0,15240,86841,00.html   (781 words)

 DefenseLINK News: Rumsfeld: NORTHCOM's Progress 'Truly Impressive'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Rumsfeld visited NORTHCOM the day before the official start of hurricane season for an update on how the command is postured to support civil authorities in a disaster.
The secretary was briefed on the NORTHCOM plans in place to respond to a natural or manmade disaster and the command's coordination efforts with other federal, state and local agencies.
In a continued effort to test NORTHCOM readiness, command officials said, Ardent Sentry '06 required simultaneously battling terrorist attacks on the ground, providing military assistance to civil authorities in the case of the human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 "bird flu" virus, and responding to a Category 3 hurricane striking the already devastated southeastern United States.
defenselink.mil /news/Jun2006/20060601_5305.html   (464 words)

 Northcom: War Plans Drafted To Counter Terror Attacks in U.S. Domestic Effort Is Big Shift for Military BRADLEY GRAHAM ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Richard J. Rowe, Northcom's chief operations officer, agreed, but he added that "stress points" in some military capabilities probably would result if troops were called on to deal with multiple homeland attacks.
While Northcom was established only in October 2002, its headquarters staff of 640 is already larger than that of the Southern Command, which overseas US military operations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
The plans of Northcom have their origins not in the terrible events of 9/11, but in longstanding concerns in corporate America about the political stability of the United States.
www.mindfully.org /Reform/2005/Northcom-Domestic-Military8aug05.htm   (5583 words)

 SIGNAL Magazine
But, NORTHCOM also is building an information architecture that will allow it to carry out its domestic responsibilities for homeland defense and disaster mitigation.
NORTHCOM works on the terrorist threat with other combatant commands and the intelligence community, he adds.
NORTHCOM has increased the inclusion of organizations with which it routinely shares information, the general notes, and the command has a common operational picture that it shares with 35 major organizations.
www.afcea.org /signal/articles/anmviewer.asp?a=417&z=3   (1768 words)

 Association of the United States Army: NORTHCOM Becomes a Reality
On 1 October 2002 U.S. Northern Command stood up at Peterson AFB, Co. NORTHCOM, created as part of changes to the Unified Command Plan, will be the combatant command for defense of the United States.
NORTHCOM's area of operations will include the United States, Canada, Mexico, parts of the Caribbean and the contiguous waters in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans up to 500 miles off the North American coastline.
The creation of NORTHCOM means that we now have a command assigned to defend the American people where they live and work, and it will be functioning in a supporting role to civil authorities as occasions arise." (From an American Forces Press Service story by Jim Garamone.)
www.ausa.org /webpub/deptncostuff.nsf/byid/CCRN-6CCRHH?OpenDocument&Print=1   (286 words)

 cbs4denver.com - President Will Monitor Rita At Northcom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Northcom, with headquarters at the base in Colorado Springs, coordinates the military's response to natural disasters and terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.
"This (visit to Northcom) will give the president an opportunity to monitor the storm and to get a firsthand look at the federal government's assistance that is going on with state and local preparations and response efforts during Hurricane Rita," McClellan said Thursday.
Northcom was already up to speed Friday, guiding troops and supplies into place, CBS4 reports.
cbs4denver.com /topstories/local_story_266141347.html   (578 words)

 Northcom selects new interoperable technologies
Northcom, located at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., is responsible for homeland defense and was established by the Joint Forces Command soon after the 9/11 attacks to address the new mission of civil defense.
Northcom also chose the Incident Commander Radio Interface (ICRI), which is a small, rapidly deployable device to link users of dissimilar radios, produced by Communications-Applied Technology Inc. of Reston, Va., a privately held small business.
Northcom also selected for additional funding the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Common Operational Picture, which is an IT application used within command and control architectures.
www.washingtontechnology.com /news/1_1/defense/26735-1.html   (425 words)

 CCC - NORTHCOM and Homeland Defense
NORTHCOM to Coordinate DoD Role in Homeland Defense
Identifying Forces: NorthCom will need to identify operational requirements for its mission and find active duty forces to meet those requirements on an ongoing basis.
NorthCom's task in providing support to civilian authorities presents a different challenge.
www.ccc.nps.navy.mil /rsepResources/si/may02/homeland.asp   (1006 words)

 Military providing full-scale response to hurricane relief effort   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Plans were being made bring USS Grapple, a Navy rescue and salvage vessel, to the region to support maritime and underwater survey and salvage operations.
NORTHCOM also established federal operational staging areas at Maxwell AFB, Ala.; Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss.; Barksdale AFB, La.; Alexandria, La.; and Fort Polk, La., to expedite the movement of relief supplies and emergency personnel to affected areas, officials reported.
In addition, NORTHCOM liaisons are operating in Clanton, Ala.; Baton Rouge, La.; and Jackson, Miss., to coordinate efforts between the command, other DOD elements and FEMA.
www.af.mil /news/story.asp?storyID=123011498   (806 words)

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