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North American Aerospace Defense Command
North American Aerospace Defense Command logo.svg
Crest of North American Aerospace Defense Command
Founded12 May 1958
(62 years, 5 months)
[1]
Countries United States of America
 Canada
TypeBinational Command
RoleThe North American Aerospace Defense Command conducts aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning in the defense of North America.[2]
HeadquartersPeterson AFB, Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
Commanders
CommanderGeneral Glen D. VanHerck, USAF[3]
Deputy CommanderLieutenant-General Alain Pelletier, RCAF
Command Senior Enlisted LeaderSgtMaj Paul McKenna, USMC
NORAD Regions and Sectors

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD /ˈnɔːræd/), known until March 1981 as the North American Air Defense Command, is a combined organization of the United States and Canada that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and protection for Northern America.[4] Headquarters for NORAD and the NORAD/United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) center are located at Peterson Air Force Base in El Paso County, near Colorado Springs, Colorado. The nearby Cheyenne Mountain Complex has the Alternate Command Center. The NORAD commander and deputy commander (CINCNORAD) are, respectively, a United States four-star general or equivalent and a Canadian three-star general or equivalent.