Canada, US agree to share troops in civil emergencies
"Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other's borders during an emergency", reported the Natty Post on Friday.
The deal was signed by the heads of the U.S. military's Northern Command and Canada Command on Feb 14, but as Canadian officials apparently have nothing as yet to say to us about it, what say we go straight to the USNorthCom website.
From their "About Us" page - a straight 'copy and paste' :
"USNorthCom : Defending Our Homelands
U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) was established Oct. 1, 2002 to provide command and control of Department of Defense (DoD) homeland defense efforts and to coordinate defense support of civil authorities.
USNORTHCOM defends America's homeland — protecting our people, national power, and freedom of action.
USNORTHCOM’s specific mission:
USNORTHCOM anticipates and conducts Homeland Defense and Civil Support operations within the assigned area of responsibility to defend, protect, and secure the United States and its interests
USNORTHCOM’s AOR [area of responsibility] includes air, land and sea approaches and encompasses the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the surrounding water out to approximately 500 nautical miles."
Defending our homelands.
Refreshingly straightforward really, isn't it?