Academic Engagement Opportunities

Research Opportunities - Academic Year 2017-18

NORAD and US NORTHERN COMMAND invites all institutions to partner in research that is mutually beneficial in the areas of Aerospace Defense, Homeland Defense, Security Cooperation and Defense Support of Civil Authorities.  The attached research topics list identifies current areas of interest and can potentially be used to satisfy student research project requirements while assisting NORAD and USNORTHCOM improve our understanding of the focus area.  If your academic institution is interested in more information please contact NORAD and USNORTHCOM’s Education Team organizational mailbox at


Research Opportunities - Academic Year 2016-17


The Arctic

·      Increasing US Navy Presence in the Arctic

·      China’s Arctic Interests and Goals

·      Command and Control (C2) in the Emerging Arctic Area of Responsibility (AOR) Arctic


·       Cyber Attack on Critical Private Infrastructure

·      Leveraging Counter Threat Network

·      Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) in Cyberspace

·      Countering Criminal and Drug Trafficking Organizations in the Cyber Domain

Drug / Counter-Drug

·       Center of Gravity Analysis of Drug Trafficking Organizations

·       Countering “Narcoculture” Ideology

·       DOD Counter-Drug Effectiveness

·       Department of Defense Counter-Drug Role

·      Economic/Threat Analysis of Narcotics Supply Chain

·       Drug Trafficking Organization Network Analysis

Transnational Organized Crime

·       Alignment of Counter-Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) Responsibilities

·       Homeland Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) to Combat Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC)

·       "Leadership Decapitation” of Transnational Criminal and Drug Trafficking Organizations

·       Institutionalizing the President’s “Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime”

·      Threat Analysis: Foreign Terrorist Organizations and Transnational Criminal Organizations

Interagency Operations

·      Interagency Common Operating Picture / Common Intelligence Picture

·      Interagency Coordination

Southwest Border / Western Hemisphere and Immigration

·       Southwest Border Joint Interagency Training Center (JITC)

·      Southwest Border Training Lessons for Overseas Contingency Missions

·       Western Hemisphere Mass Migration

·      Which Combatant Command area of responsibility (AOR) should Include Cuba?


·      Leverage Private Sector

·       Maximizing Effectiveness of DoD Training through JTFN