According to a joint statement by the defense ministers of the two countries, the Joint Aerospace Defense Command of North America will be able to notice and take retaliatory measures faster.

The United States and Canada have agreed on steps to modernize the Joint Aerospace Defense Command of North America (NORAD). This is stated in a joint statement by the U.S. and Canadian Defense Ministers Lloyd Austin and Harjit Singh Sajjan.

According to the defense ministers, “the growing strategic rivalry, the rapid development of technologies and climate change reduce the defense capabilities of the two countries, which increases and complicates the threat of a missile attack on North America.” As noted in the document, NORAD “should notice faster and take more resolute retaliatory measures” in connection with aerospace and maritime threats on the northern borders.

During a telephone conversation last Saturday, the U.S. and Canadian defense ministers agreed in the coming years to “modernize, develop and adapt NORAD in such a way that it provides constant monitoring and understanding of threats,” as well as provides opportunities “to prevent possible aggression against North America.”

According to the document, the defense departments of the two countries plan to increase their technological capabilities to identify possible threats, including commissioning the latest over-the-horizon radar tracking systems. In addition, it is planned to increase spending on the modernization of NORAD’s infrastructure in the Arctic and improve the capabilities of the two countries to coordinate actions in the region. The defense ministries of the two countries also expect to direct investments in the research and development of new weapons.