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NORTHCOM:  Questions And Answers On The Eve Of Implementation

Recorded on September 26, 2002

While the Senate still debates creating a Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Defense has almost finished reorganizing its command structure to meet the nation's homeland security needs. The new Northern Command (NORTHCOM) will begin operating on October 1. How will NORTHCOM improve the Defense Department's ability to secure the homeland? How will it relate to the DHS, other federal agencies and State and local bodies with security responsibilities? Will NORTHCOM carve out an appropriate homeland-security role for the National Guard? And how will it coordinate with the defense ministries of Canada and Mexico to ensure it has a truly continental perspective of our security requirements? Please join us for answers to these and other important questions the new command.