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Christopher Bolkcom, Lloyd DeSerisy & Lawrence Kapp, Homeland Security: Establishment and Implementation of Northern Command (May 14, 2003) (full-text).


The Defense Department's (DoD) establishment of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) appears to be a significant organizational step toward fighting terrorism at home and protecting U.S. interests abroad. Many issues remain, however, regarding NORTHCOM's implementation. Some issues pertain to NORTHCOM's relationships with other DoD agencies. Procedures for how NORTHCOM will interact with the Department of Homeland Security and other civilian agencies are being developed. Civil-military issues, and NORTHCOM's liaison with Canada, Mexico, and other neighboring countries, are being developed.