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News | Oct. 18, 2021

Leaders discuss ballistic missile defense at Vista Intercept 22

By U.S. Northern Command Public Affairs

Leaders and experts from North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), U.S. Northern Command, other combatant commands, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Department of Defense policy makers met during Vista Intercept 22 to discuss ballistic missile defense and integration of other capabilities at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Oct. 14-15.

Ballistic missile defense is a critical mission for defending North America. Vista Intercept 22 provided a forum for participants to evaluate NORAD’s threat warning and assessment capabilities and U.S. Northern Command’s ballistic missile defense, integrated deterrence and additional capabilities required to defeat complex threats. 

"The threat to North America continues to grow as technology advances and our competitors and potential adversaries become more bold,” said Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command. “Our successful defense against the ballistic missile threat requires continuous adaptation and innovation to remain capable of deterring and defeating potential missile threats.”

NORAD and U.S. Northern Command require the development and fielding of advanced sensors capable of tracking potential missile threats and providing improved discrimination capability to warfighters and assessors.

 “Homeland defense is a complex and technically challenging endeavor, and NORAD and U.S. Northern Command are dedicated to detecting, deterring, denying and if required, defeating threats to the Homeland,” VanHerck said.