May 16, 2013


NORAD and USNORTHCOM have complementary missions and members of our headquarters staffs work to fulfill our homeland defense responsibilities. The two Commands operate within a common security environment and share common values, understanding the urgency and importance of our duties in light of very real and present dangers.

The NORAD Agreement assigns the missions and responsibilities for Commander NORAD while the Unified Command Plan establishes the missions and responsibilities for Commander USNORTHCOM. We continually evaluate these mission statements to ensure they remain relevant and appropriate.

NORAD MissionThe North American Aerospace Defense Command conducts aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning in the defense of North America.

USNORTHCOM Mission USNORTHCOM partners to conduct Homeland Defense and Civil Support operations within the assigned area of responsibility to defend, protect, and secure the United States and its interests.


The NORAD & USNORTHCOM Vision: With our trusted partners, we will defend North America by outpacing all threats, maintaining faith with our people and supporting them in their times of greatest need.



- Expand and strengthen our trusted partnerships
- Advance and sustain the binational military command
- Gain and maintain all-domain situational awareness
- Advocate and develop capabilities in our core mission areas to outpace all threats
- Take care of our people; they are our foundation