Homeland Defense Academic Symposium

Today’s increasingly complex security environment is defined by increased inter-state competition, the changing nature of conflict, rapid technological change, and challenges from adversaries in every operating domain. Adversaries have methodically formulated doctrine and developed the capability to support it, specifically aimed at threatening our countries with conflict below the nuclear threshold. To meet the demand of the emerging security environment, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) has partnered with academia to seek new ways to shape the security environment and enhance the United States and Canadian defense capabilities.  


Symposia Mission  

In January 2019, former NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander, Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, provided a call to action to the NORAD and USNORTHCOM staff, “…to inspire a command-wide transformation of our approach to the homeland defense mission in order to recapture the competitive advantage required to protect our citizens and way of life.”

The combatant commander’s call was to rethink how we think about homeland defense, no longer depending on 20th century thinking to fight 21st century adversaries.  He further stated, “In recognizing our vulnerabilities, we must create a culture of experimentation and exploration to connect the dots in new ways, uncovering undiscovered opportunities and illuminating blind spots.” To assist in illuminating these blind spots and address the commander’s call to action, the Homeland Defense Academic Symposium was born.

2022 Symposium Overview

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) is sponsoring a competition for the best research papers on the topic of homeland defense. Participating schools and researchers submitted abstracts to the North American Defense and Security Academic Alliance (NADSAA) coordinator, with the top submissions receiving an invitation to present their research at the 2022 Homeland Defense Academic Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Additionally, the selected submissions will also compete for the Homeland Defense Academic Symposium writing award. Submissions will be evaluated in one of two categories -- senior researcher and junior researcher. The winning author in each category will be recognized with an award at the 2022 Homeland Defense Academic Symposium, scheduled to be held July 13-14, 2022 at the NORAD and USNORTHCOM headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Registration: Registration for the event opened in May. Separate announcements and instructions will be provided.


Abstract Criteria
Final Paper Criteria
  • Papers must not exceed 10,000 words (including references)
  • Thorough citation of references (APA)
  • Submissions must not contain any classified references or material 
  • Must include a 250 word abstract
A team of experts will judge abstracts and papers on the following criteria:
  • Applicability to current homeland defense issues
  • Quality of argument
  • Implications for future homeland defense operation, analysis and planning
  • Historical accuracy
  • Quality of reference material

Research Topics

Researchers were invited to select, but not limited to, a research topic from the following categorized list:

1. Arctic Defense and Security 

  • What are N&NC’s challenges and opportunities in the changing Arctic?

2. Conventional and Nonconventional Deterrence 

  • What lessons can N&NC draw from allies and partners currently facing homeland defense attacks? 
  • What can N&NC learn about conventional deterrence from nuclear deterrence practices? 
  • Are there useful ways of assessing and evaluating deterrent activities? (Not precise measure, but refining actions against a particular adversary over time.) If so, how might these be incorporated into N&NC operations? 
  • What does “deterred” mean for N&NC’s principal adversaries? What does it mean for N&NC and the US to have deterred Russia, etc.? 
  • What are the most likely/most dangerous HD threats, in rank order, and how to they align with current defensive infrastructure? 

3. Civil Defense and Resiliency 

  • What does 21st century civil defense look like? Is there a viable path to establishing an organization that meaningfully increases national resilience? 
  • What would a larger-than-9/11-scale attack do to the national psyche? (Both Canadian and American.) What would that, in turn, mean for N&NC, homeland defense, and military forces? 
  • What should homeland defense defend? What do citizens think versus what national leadership expects versus what can actually be defended? Are there gaps, and, if so, how can they be filled? 

4. Global Integration and Cooperation 

  • What relationships with non-defense/non-federal organizations (i.e., private industry, non-profit, local/state governments) should N&NC prioritize and maintain sustained contact with, which should be episodic and quickly scaled when necessary, and what is best outsourced to other agencies (i.e., via DHS)? 
  • What’s the maximum-level extent for national security coordination and cooperation between the US and Canada? 
  • What’s the ideal? (Borderless, all-domain operations?) Are there ways to push from today’s max to tomorrow’s ideal? 
  • The World in 2050” report projects Mexico to be a G7 country by mid-century, surpassing Germany, Japan, and the UK. How well positioned are N&NC to work with a more-powerful Mexico for the purposes of homeland defense? 

Disclaimer: Material and external links contained herein are made available for the purpose of peer review and discussion. The thoughts and opinions expressed in the papers are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of NORAD and USNORTHCOM, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Research documents and presentations are listed in alphabetical order by author: 

HDAS 2022 - Abbie Tingstad - Issues in Arctic Governance, Implications

HDAS 2022 - Alex Wellerstein - Civil Defense hls 2022

HDAS 2022 - Benjamin Varlese - HDAS Project_HVE RDD

HDAS 2022 - Benjamin Varlese - HVE RDD presentation

HDAS 2022 - Bert Tussing - Toward a SNSE

HDAS 2022 - Charron and Fergusson - NORAD presentation - 2022

HDAS 2022 - Charron Fergusson - NORAD 5Ps 2022

HDAS 2022 - Church Kee - TSC Arctic Security Talk 8 Jul 22

HDAS 2022 - Ethan Scrima - Survey Homeland Defense

HDAS 2022 - Ethan Scrima - What Should the US Defend

HDAS 2022 - Nicholas Taylor - Strategic Competition in the Arctic

HDAS 2022 - Richard Kilroy - Challenging the Colossus of the North

HDAS 2022 - Richard Kilroy - HDAS presentation summer 2022

HDAS 2022 - Scott Savitz - RAND presentation for HDA Symposium

HDAS 2022 - Stramandinoli  - RTX HDSA Symposium FullPaper v1 Final

HDAS 2022 - Ted Jackovics - Resilience and Resolve

HDAS 2022 - TSC Info Paper 29 Jun 22

HDAS 2022 - William Godnick - Strategic Competition in Mexico, Carribean, Russia, China


2020 Symposium Overview

The inaugural NORAD and USNORTHCOM Homeland Defense Academic Symposium was held virtually from Dec. 1-3, 2020. It featured briefings, panel discussions, moderated paper presentations, keynote speakers, and a tabletop exercise focused on homeland defense issues at the unclassified level. It aimed to address the commander’s call to action, focusing on five current challenges:

  • Conventional Deterrence
  • Improving Arctic Capabilities
  • Leveraging Commercial Technology
  • Establishing a Homeland Defense Ecosystem
  • Increasing Globally-Integrated Planning and Operations

American and Canadian academics were invited to research and write on a topic within the NORAD and USNORTHCOM purview. Participating researchers were requested to submit abstracts to the North American Defense and Security Academic Alliance (NADSAA), with the top submissions receiving an invitation and funding to present their research at the 2020 Homeland Defense Academic Symposium.

Each of the selected papers were peer reviewed by fellow academics within the homeland defense academic community as well as by a team of NORAD and USNORTHCOM subject matter experts. Following the review, each approved paper was submitted for publishing within the symposium’s journal.

Day 1

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020

Check In
Administrative / Welcome Remarks
Dr. Edward Campbell and Dr. Douglas Johnston
Homeland Defense: Theater Threat Brief
Ms. Lauren Rowell, Ms. Brianna Bradley, Mr. Mathew Walker, and Ms. Nicole Skidmore
Keynote Speaker
Gen. Glen VanHerck, Commander, NORAD and USNORTHCOM
Homeland Defense: Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA)
Dr. Don Reed and Mr. Peter Beim
Homeland Defense: Cybersecurity/ Critical Infrastructure
Cmdr. Christopher DiasPaul Herd, and Mark Macalester


Homeland Defense: Information Dominance
Brig, Gen. Peter Fesler and Col. Ryan Jones
Homeland Defense: Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS)
Brig. Gen. Peter Fesler and Col. Carol Kohtz
Homeland Defense: Globally Integrated Planning/Campaign Plans
Capt. Daniel Stone
Closing / Administrative Remarks
Dr. Douglas Johnston

Day 2

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020

Check In
Dr. Edward Campbell
Institution Building and Cyber Warfare Capabilities in China: A Study of Doctrine and Civil Military Relations
Mr. Atilla Arslaner and Mr. Petro Voyatzakis
The Future of Canadian Participation in Missile Defense
Dr. Nancy Teeple
An Arctic joint Task Force as the First Step Towards Security in the Arctic Circle
Ms. Eliana Taylor
Command and Control of Northern Maritime Forces: The Concept and Rationale in Support of a JFMCC-Arctic
Mr. Troy Bouffard and Dr. Cameron Carlson
Greenland’s Critical Role in North America; The U.S. Way Ahead
Lt. Col. Ali Omur
Climate Security: A Pre-Mortem Scenario Planning Approach to Homeland Defense
Dr. John Comiskey, Dr. Michael Larranaga, and Dr. Cameron Carlson
Keynote Speaker
Vice Adm. Michael Dumont, Deputy Commander, USNORTHCOM and Vice Commander, U.S. Element NORAD
Combatting False Information in Social Media via Machine Learning
Dr. Dongwon Lee
21st Century Deterrence
Dr. Richard Berkebile
NORAD and USNORTHCOM’s Deterrence Conundrum: From Defense to Punishment to Denial
Dr. Andrea Charron and Dr. James Fergusson
The Need for an Integrated Strategy: Denial, Deterrence, and Relentless Resilience
Dr. James Redick and Dr. Glenn Jones
Burden Sharing # 3
Dr. Binyam Solomon and Ms. Marion Agier
Closing Remarks
Dr. Edward Campbell

Day 3

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2020

Check In
Dr. Edward Campbell
Vista Formation
A Tabletop Exercise (TTX) discussing the implications of a virus enable power outage across the North Eastern Corridor in Canada and the United States
Facilitated by Dr. Barry Savage
Keynote Speaker
Lt. Gen. Alain Pelletier, Deputy Commander, NORAD
Writing Award Recognition
Announced by Lt. Gen. Alain Pelletier
Closing Administrative Remarks
Dr. Douglas Johnston, Dr. Edward Campbell, and Lt. Col. Thomas Gale


Casey Babb
Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
Senior Analyst, Public Safety Canada
Babb is a Ph.D. candidate at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. His doctoral research focuses on the ways in which different authoritarian regimes vary in their use of cyber attacks. Over the last number of years, he has also undertaken extensive research on the nexus between artificial intelligence and national security, cyber conflict, weaponising outer space, and the impact emerging technologies are having on great power competition and warfare. He holds degrees in political science and international development (B.A.) from Saint Mary’s University, as well as in international relations (M.A.) from York University.

John Comiskey, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Homeland Security, Monmouth University
Comiskey teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in homeland security, intelligence, terrorism, climate security, and mass shootings. His research interests include homeland security intelligence, cyber security, mass shootings, and climate security. He is the co-editor of Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security and has published peer-reviewed journal articles in the Homeland Security Affairs, Journal of Homeland Security Education, Journal of Human Security and Resilience, Disaster Journal, and Behavioral & Social Science Librarian journals as well as several U.S. government white papers. He is also the editor of the Journal of Security, Intelligence, and Preparedness Education. Comiskey is a retired New York City Police lieutenant and a retired U.S. Coast Guard Reserve senior chief petty officer. His professional experiences include law enforcement, intelligence, counterterrorism, and event and crisis management. Comiskey was a first-responder to both the 1993 and 2001 World Trade Center bombings and returned to active duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Michael Larranaga
President, R.E.M. Risk Consultants
Larranaga is an expert in risk management, business continuity, operational excellence, and process safety. He serves as an appointed member of the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee of the World Trade Center Health Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Opioid Working Group. He previously served as an appointed public member on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the DHS First Responders Group.

Cameron Carlson, Ph.D., PMP
Program Director, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Director, Center for Arctic Security and Resilience, University of Alaska Fairbanks
As the director of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management program for the past ten years, Carlson has focused on redefining homeland defense, security and emergency management education and in developing collaborative working relationships with other programs within the United States and abroad to better meet the needs of the diverse student populations across the spectrum of these fields. He currently serves as the project lead and principle investigator for the Arctic Defense Security Orientation project for USNORTHCOM and U.S. Alaska Command and is working to integrate interdisciplinary research and academic activities to focus on areas such as geospatial intelligence integration, climate security and resilience and human security within the Arctic region. 

Richard Berkebile, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
Berkebile's professional interests include homeland defense and security, protection, terrorism, and civil war. Berkebile is a retired Air Force officer and served in a variety of assignments in the United States, Germany, and Korea. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri, a M.S. in International Relations from Troy University, and a B.S. in International Affairs from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Andrea Charron, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Manitoba
Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba
Charron holds a Ph.D. from the Royal Military College of Canada. She obtained an M.A. in International Relations from Webster University, Leiden, The Netherlands, an M.P.A. from Dalhousie University and a B.S. (Honours) from Queen's University. Charron worked for various federal departments including the Privy Council Office in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat. She completed her post doctorate at Carleton's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Charron has written extensively on the Arctic, NORAD, Canadian defence policy and the Security Council. She is a member of the Department of National Defence’s Advisory Board and is asked regularly to provide guest lectures at Canadian Forces College and to provide testimony to Senate and House of Commons' committees.

James Fergusson, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Studies, University of Manitoba
Deputy Director, Centre for Defense and Security Studies, University of Manitoba
Fergusson received his B.A. (Honours) and M.A. degrees from the University of Manitoba, and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. He teaches a range of courses in the areas of international relations, foreign and defence policy, and strategic studies. He has published numerous articles on strategic studies, non-proliferation and arms control, the defenceindustry, and Canadian foreign and defence policy.

Nancy Teeple, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Defence MINDS, North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network
Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Associate, Royal Military College of Canada
Teeple's research areas are nuclear strategy and deterrence, missile defence, arms control, and Arctic security. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, an M.A. in War Studies from Royal Military College, a M.L.I.S. from the University of Western Ontario, an M.A. in Ancient Studies from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. (Honours) in Classical Studies from the University of Ottawa. Teeple recently held the 2019-2020 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Peace and War Studies at Norwich University in Vermont where she explored the causal processes in the formulation of U.S. Arctic security and defence policy, within the context of the Canada-U.S. continental defence relationship.

Ali Omur, Lt. Col., U.S. Army
Staff Group Advisor and Instructor, Joint, International and Multinational Operations, U.S. Army Command and General Staff School
Omur is a graduate of Florida State University and was commissioned in the quartermaster corps in 1994. He has numerous deployments to the Bosnia, Turkey, Kuwait and Afghanistan theaters. Upon promoting to lieutenant colonel in 2011, Omur was assigned as the Eastern Europe and Eurasia branch chief, Security Cooperation Division, G-3, U.S. Army Europe Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany. He then deployed again for his second Afghanistan tour as an AfPak Hand in 2013 to Kabul, Afghanistan to serve as a strategic advisor to Commander of International Security Assistance Force, Commander’s Action Group, International Security Assistance Force Headquarters. After redeploying to Germany he served as the Security Cooperation Division, G-3, U.S. Army Europe Headquarters acting deputy division chief. From 2014 to 2016, he attended Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., earning a M.I.P.P .degree. From 2016 to 2019, he served as the U.S. Army Attaché to the Kingdom of Denmark in Copenhagen.

Troy Bouffard, Master Sgt. (Ret.), U.S. Army
Assistant Director, Center for Arctic Security and Resilience, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Bouffard has a B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Arctic Policy. He is currently working on a Ph.D. with a focus on Russian Arctic defense strategy and international law. He is co-principle investigator of the DoD Arctic Defense and Security Orientation program with USNORTHCOM and U.S. Alaskan Command. He is a network coordinator for the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network and a non-resident research fellow with the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at the University of Manitoba. He has co-authored numerous articles, most recently with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Vanguard Magazine, and the Canadian Naval Review. Among his other academic activities, he recently served as a contracted supervisor and chief editor for a NATO Arctic research project. Other activities include delegate experience with the Arctic Council, panel and conference presentations, and conduct of many inter/national Arctic events.

Glenn Jones, Ph.D.
Senior Team Leader, Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University
Jones graduated from Christopher Newport College in 1983 with a B.A. in History and Political Science. A distinguished military graduate, he served in the Army for 25 years, retiring in 2008 as a lieutenant colonel. His assignments include: Fort Bragg, U.S. Atlantic Command, Camp Casey Korea, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Carson, and U.S. Central Command. He joined the faculty at Joint Forces Staff College in 2003 and has taught in the Joint and Combined Warfighting School (2003 to 2009), the Homeland Security Planner’s Course (2009 to 2014), and served as the associate dean of academics (2014 to 2017) before returning to the classroom. A 2008 recipient of the Recognition of Excellence Award and designated as "master faculty," he received an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and subsequently completed his Ph.D. in Public Safety with a specialization in Emergency Management and a Homeland Security concentration in 2016. 

James Redick
Director, Emergency Preparedness & Response, City of Norfolk, Virginia
Redick is a certified emergency manager with the International Association of Emergency Managers. His accomplishments include the 2012 Virginia Emergency Management Professional of the Year, the 2016 International Association of Emergency Manager's Clayton R. Christopher Award, and the 2017 Virginia Stanley Everett Crigger Humanitarian Achievement Award. Redick is chair of the Team Norfolk Emergency Operations. He was appointed to a third consecutive term on the Virginia Governor's Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel where he co-chaired with Senator John Watkins a sub-panel focused on the high probability and impact threat of recurrent flooding and sea level rise. He was also selected to serve on the Governor's Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness and Response in 2017. Redick is a graduate of FEMA's Advanced Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School's Center of Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leadership Program. He holds a B.A. in Organizational Leadership and Management from Regent University and a M.P.A. from Old Dominion University.

Dongwon Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Penn State University
Lee has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, Los Angeles and is distinguished member of the Association for Computer Machinery, being elected in 2019. Prior to starting at Penn State, he has worked at AT&T Bell Labs.. From 2015 to 2017, he has served as a program director at the National Science Foundation, co-managing cybersecurity programs with a yearly budget of $55 million. In general, he researches the problems in the areas of data science, machine learning, and cybersecurity. Since 2016, in particular, he has led a project at Penn State, investigating computational means to better understand and combat fake news.
Topic: Fake News 2.0: Combatting Neural False Information

Binyam Solomon 
Senior Defense Scientist, Defense Research and Development Canada
Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University
Prior to his work at Defense Research and Development Canada, Solomon held appointments as chief economist at the Department of National Defence, acting chief scientist at the Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, and special advisor to the deputy parliamentary budget officer. He has been published extensively in economics, statistics and defence topics. His research interests include political economy, aspects of national security, peacekeeping economics, and time series methods. Solomon holds a M.A. in Economics from the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. in Defence Economics from the University of York, United Kingdom.

Marion Agier
2020 Graduate, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University
Agier holds a M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. She is currently a policy analyst at the Canada School of Public Service, as part of the National Security Learning Program. She previously worked at the Treasury Board Secretariat in the cyber security policy team and the Department of National Defence in the directorate of naval strategy. Agier served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a naval warfare officer and completed her military formation at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Eliana Taylor
2020 Graduate, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M
Taylor has a Masters of International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Her research passion is for Arctic and the intersectionality between international policy and United States national security in the region. She is currently pursuing a career as an independent business owner, while pursuing opportunities to further explore the Arctic and promote the growing research in the region.

Petro Voyatzakis
Graduate Student, Concordia University  
Voyatzakis is a graduate student majoring in public policy and public administration at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. His research interests include the intersection between Canadian strategic objectives and public policy making.


Attila Arslaner
Undergraduate Student, Concordia University 
Arslaner is an undergraduate student majoring in political science at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. His research interests revolve around the impact of emerging technologies to the security environment, and in particular to arms control. 

Disclaimer: Material and external links contained herein are made available for the purpose of peer review and discussion.The thoughts and opinions expressed in the papers are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of NORAD and USNORTHCOM, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Research Topics

Researchers were invited to select, but not limited to, a research topic from the following categorized list:

1. Conventional Deterrence 

  • Deterrence in the Homelands
    • How can our commands better pursue a deterrence by denial strategy in homeland defense? 
    • How can a conventional deterrence strategy (focused below the nuclear threshold) be employed to counter the rise of peer and near-peer adversaries? What would constitute a credible conventional deterrence architecture?  
    • Explore the interdependencies between deterrence by denial and deterrence by punishment. Given the capabilities of near-peer adversaries and their ability to defend against counterattacks, as well as their ability to hold critical infrastructure in the homelands at risk, how does the ability or inability to defend critical infrastructure impact the ability to inflict punishment and ultimately deter?
    • How has conventional (non-nuclear) deterrence succeeded? Under what conditions has conventional strategic deterrence succeeded in the past and elsewhere? What changes to these conditions led to failure? What insights and lessons can or should be drawn from the nearly seven decades of successful nuclear deterrence?
    • What are the strategic objectives of Russia and China? How do they align and diverge? Given that, how should the West deter Russia and China from considering/taking action?

2. Improving Arctic Capabilities

  • Arctic Communications
    • The Arctic poses significant challenges to our ability to command and control and communicate within the region. What capability and capacity is available now and will be available in the future to improve communication in the Arctic? Determine which combination of communications provides assured communications to bases and mobile platforms. (e.g., High Frequency, Ultra High Frequency, Very High Frequency, Line of Sight, Satellite Communications)
  • Arctic Infrastructure and Basing
    • Is there an optimal infrastructure to satisfy operational and defense requirements? Consider near-term and persistent basing solutions that meet uncertain future demands and meets the extreme environmental conditions.
  • Mitigating Threats in the Arctic by Creating an Arctic Joint Task Force (JTF)
    • Given the strategic significance the Arctic plays in NORAD and USNORTHCOM’s homeland defense posture within the northern hemisphere, we must increase our operational capacity in the region. Would the creation of an Arctic JTF serve as an effective means of mitigating the threats and challenges of the evolving Arctic?

3. Leveraging Commercial Technology

  • Cyber Defense of Canada and the United States and Critical Infrastructure Protection
    • How can the U.S. acquisition process be reformed to meet the speed of relevancy for 21st century security challenges and at the same time encourage industry's "buy-in?"
    • How can NORAD and USNORTHCOM maximize the potential or increase the shared value of commercial and industry integration in developing homeland defense technological solutions?
  • Cyber Security: Energy Sector
    • Align recommendations from the research on non-Department of Defense / Department of National Defence energy sector critical infrastructure and key resources with defense critical infrastructure nodes that may rely upon them.

4. Establishing an HD Ecosystem

  • Domain Awareness 
    • How can NORAD and USNORTHCOM optimize detection capability in an era of trans-regional, all-domain, multi-functional threats?
    • How do NORAD and USNORTHCOM maintain all-domain awareness as adversaries field advanced weapons (e.g., hyper-glide vehicles, hypersonic cruise missiles)
    • What is the optimal combination of new and emerging technology that can produce an intuitive, layered sensing grid to enable all-domain awareness?
  • Joint, All-Domain Command and Control
    • What is the optimal architecture that would enable Joint All-Domain command and control (C2)?
    • How do we design and implement an operationally-relevant C2 structure that maximizes the elements below to improve our ability to predict, detect, correlate, and track any threat to North America?
      • Big Data Analytics
      • Edge Computing
      • Machine Learning
      • Artificial Intelligence
  • Advanced Defeat Mechanisms
    • How do we collectively meet the current demands of the ballistic and cruise missile threat, while also preparing for the future threat of supersonic and hypersonic weapons? 
    • What type of technology investments will enable a defeat capability against new and evolving threats? How can we flip the cost-curve on missile defense?

5. Increasing Globally-Integrated Planning and Operations

  • Given the complementary nature of homeland defense and the “fight forward,” how can we improve our integration in every stage of planning and operations?
  • Considering the USNORTHCOM requirement to preserve power projection capability, how can we improve integration of homeland defense objectives into other combatant commands priorities and decision-making processes? 
  • Cross-Area of Responsibility (AOR) avenues of approach, cross-domain capabilities, and significantly increased weapon ranges eliminate the ability to contain a regional conflict. Any regional conflict will have global implications. How will that effect our approach to globally-integrated operations?

2020 Awardees

A photo of the 2020 Homeland Defense Symposium writing awards: Dr. Nancy Teeple (Practitioner Category), and Attila Arslaner and Petro Voyatzakis (Student Category)

PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. – Writing award plaques, with the names of award recipients, lay on display at the conclusion of the 2020 Homeland Defense Symposium held virtually at North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Headquarters, Dec. 1-3, 2020. The award winners included Dr. Nancy Teeple, practitioner category, and Attila Arslaner and Petro Voyatzakis, student category.

North American Defense and Security Academic Alliance

The NORAD and USNORTHCOM North American Defense and Security Academic Alliance (NADSAA) exists as a collaborative information-based enterprise dedicated to strengthening and normalizing relationships between the two commands and academic institutions. This relationship stimulates and develops new thinking, examines cross-organizational solutions, and helps cultivate future generations of defense and security practitioners.



Research Opportunities

NORAD and USNORTHCOM 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 below research topics list identifies current and previous areas of interest and can potentially be used to satisfy student research project or capstone requirements while assisting NORAD and USNORTHCOM improve our understanding of the focus area. We have a broad research topics list that can potentially be used to satisfy student research project requirements while helping to advance NORAD and USNORTHCOM's understanding of a given focus area.  



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