Senior Officer Warns Norad Can’t Detect Russian Bombers In Time...
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January 2020, 30 - by THE CANADIAN PRESS for reddeeradvocate.com
The aging early-warning system charged with detecting incoming threats to North America cannot identify and track long-range Russian bombers before they are close enough to launch missiles at the continent, according to a senior Canadian military officer.
Commodore Jamie Clarke, deputy director of strategy at the North American Aerospace Defence Command, revealed the system's shortcoming in an address on Wednesday as he pressed on the need to upgrade Norad to face a growing array of modern threats.
Those include everything from incoming ballistic missiles and bombers, which Norad was created to spot, as well as cruise and hypersonic missiles, drones, submarines and other naval vessels as well as space-based and cyber weapons.
"Currently, the North Warning System cannot identify and track Russian long-range bombers prior to their missile-launch points or their overflights of the Arctic region," he said during a conference on the future of Norad hosted by the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
"Yet this system, entering its fourth decade of service, is the system we rely on each and every day."...
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