The strategic defense of North America in the 21st century

Christian Leuprecht, Joel J. Sokolsky, Thomas Hughes

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As we approach the end of the second decade of the 21st century, the uncertainty of the threat environment highlights the continuing importance of security and sovereignty in general, and the future of North American strategic defense in particular. Advances in Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile and nuclear arms technologies by countries such as North Korea and, eventually, Iran; advances in cruise missile, submarine-launched, and hypersonic warhead delivery capabilities by Russia as well as China; and the proliferation of a wide range of non-traditional threats to democracy, social harmony, and prosperity in North America and beyond have fundamentally altered the continental security environment. Thus, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of NORAD, implications for force posture, command structures, binational defense cooperation between Canada and the U.S., and the prospect of greater security collaboration with Mexico are anything but clear, especially under volatile domestic and international political conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNorth American Strategic Defense in the 21st Century
Subtitle of host publicationSecurity and Sovereignty in an Uncertain World
EditorsChristian Leuprecht, Joel J. Sokolsky, Thomas Hughes
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783319909783
ISBN (Print)9783319909776
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameAdvanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications
ISSN (Print)1613-5113
ISSN (Electronic)2363-9466


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