Partnerships key to USNORTHCOM success
In August 2011, Army General Charles H. Jacoby Jr., then the new commander of U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), revised USNORTHCOM’s mission statement to reflect the importance of its partnerships with other agencies. The revised statement highlighted the role of partnerships in homeland defense, civil support, and security cooperation, and recognized that interagency relationships are USNORTHCOM’s “center of gravity.”
USNORTHCOM is a model of successful cooperative partnerships, as is its sister command NORAD. Over 60 representatives from more than 50 agencies work at USNORTHCOM/NORAD, providing connections between USNORTHCOM and their home agencies. USNORTHCOM also has its own liaisons at the Department of Homeland Security and other key agencies.
This interagency cooperation and collaboration promotes better communication between agencies, and is critical in responding to disasters and security threats. The partnerships also contribute to Jacoby’s vision for USNORTHCOM: “With our trusted partners, we will defend North America by outpacing all threats, maintaining faith with our people and supporting them in their times of greatest need.”
For more information about USNORTHCOM’s partnerships, please follow the link below.
Northcom Calls Partnerships Central to Mission Success, American Forces Press Service