NORAD, USNORTHCOM complete Exercise Vigilant Shield 09

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | November 18, 2008

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command finished participation  Nov. 17 in Exercise Vigilant Shield 09.

            The focus of VS09 was on homeland defense and civil support. The exercise included scenarios to achieve exercise objectives within the maritime, aerospace, ballistic missile defense, cyber, consequence management, and counter terrorism situations.

            VS09 ran concurrent with other Department of Defense-sponsored and international exercises to more realistically test the synchronized response of federal, state, local and international mission partners in preparation for homeland defense, homeland security and civil support missions in the United States and abroad. 

            VS09 was a Command Post Exercise (CPX). During  the  CPX, many of the forces involved in the exercise  were notional and most of the real forces and equipment  were not deployed from their home bases.

NORAD is the bi-national command charged with aerospace warning and control, missile warning as well as maritime  warning for the United States and Canada.

            Formed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, USNORTHCOM is responsible for Homeland Defense and civil support missions.