NORAD to patrol skies over 2010 Olympics

    New paper continues debate on viability of bi-national defence

CALGARY, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - Security is expected to be tight when the 2010 Winter Olympics get underway next February in Vancouver. The RCMP will be the lead agency responsible for security on the ground. But when it comes to protecting Canadian skies, it could quite possibly be an American military officer, through the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), making critical judgment calls should a terrorist incident or other security situation arise.

Despite this key role, Joseph T. Jockel, professor of Canadian Studies at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, believes NORAD is heading for obsolescence. But is NORAD worth preserving? In his paper, "Saving NORAD: Should Ottawa Seize the Obama Moment?", Jockel presents his arguments on the future of the 51 year old bi-national agreement.

The paper, released today by The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, is part of the series, "Focus on The United States", a collection of papers resulting from an initiative the Institute for United States Policy Research within The School of Public Policy and the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The intention of this ongoing collaboration is to cast light on the critical issues pertaining to Canada-US relations.


For further information: For further information: To read the full text of Jockel's paper, visit To arrange interviews with Dr. Jockel, please contact Betty Rice, Associate Director of Communications and educational Programming at the School of Public Policy, at (403) 220-2103, on cell at (403) 966-0776, or on email at:

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