We nearly missed this one. That’s what we get for not checking in with Northcom every day. Bottom line: This puts us one step closer to a North American Union. Co-operative militaries on Home Soil! The next time your town has a ‘national emergency’, don’t be surprised if Canadian soldiers respond. And remember — Canadian military aren’t bound by posse comitatus. — PID
Feb 22, 2008 (Originally pub. 2/14) SAN ANTONIO, Texas (NORTHCOM.MIL) — U.S. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and Canadian Air Force Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, commander of Canada Command, have signed a Civil Assistance Plan that allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a civil emergency.
“This document is a unique, bilateral military plan to align our respective national military plans to respond quickly to the other nation’s requests for military support of civil authorities,” Renuart said. “Unity of effort during bilateral support for civil support operations such as floods, forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes and effects of a terrorist attack, in order to save lives, prevent human suffering and mitigate damage to property, is of the highest importance, and we need to be able to have forces that are flexible and adaptive to support rapid decision-making in a collaborative environment.”
/SNIP/ U.S. Northern Command was established on Oct. 1, 2002, to anticipate and conduct homeland defense and civil support operations within the assigned area of responsibility to defend, protect, and secure the United States and its interests.
Similarly, Canada Command was established on Feb. 1, 2006, to focus on domestic operations and to offer a single point of contact for all domestic and continental defense and security partners. Full Report