U.S. Army North's Theater Security Cooperation Program

Monday July 28, 2008

What is it?

Under its current Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) mission, U.S. Army North (USARNORTH) works with its partner nations in the region to enhance North American homeland defense by engaging with our neighbor's armies to build partner capacity and to enhance interoperability. The USARNORTH Theater Security Cooperation mission continues to expand. With the designation of USARNORTH as a standing Joint Force Land Component Command for USNORTHCOM, USARNORTH now has greater responsibility for the land domain and the land approaches.

What has USARNORTH done?

USARNORTH's engagements with Canada continue through staff-level cooperation and coordination with Canada command and the Canada land staff. During the past year, USARNORTH has hosted a conference with all six Canadian regional JTF commanders at USARNORTH headquarters at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. USARNORTH and its operational counterparts for domestic operations in Canada conducted a table-top exercise to practice a coordinated response to a catastrophic event along our common border. A highlight of this conference was the signing by the commander, USNORTHCOM and the commander, Canada command of the bi-national CANUS Civil Assistance Plan (CAP). USARNORTH is interested in applying the plan to future combined exercises with Canada command and evaluating it for further enhancements to our homeland defense posture.

USARNORTH's TSC program includes increased dialogue in developing interoperability between the U.S. and Mexican military to counter drug trafficking cartels, detect and mitigate weapons of mass destruction, combat terrorism, and prepare for disasters, all contributing to an increase in homeland defense capabilities. USARNORTH recently hosted its annual Border Commanders Conference (BCC) with Mexico's Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA) in El Paso, Texas. Commanders from Mexico's three military region headquarters who are at the forefront of their war against organized criminal elements met with U.S. border commanders to compare experiences and share information. As with Canada, the key Army border commanders in the land domain from Mexico and the U.S. have an opportunity to meet regularly, discuss common border issues and enhance bi-national interoperability. Unlike the new conference with Canada, USARNORTH (Fifth Army) has been conducting an annual BCC with Mexico since 1987.

Why is this important to the nation?

These events are just a few of a myriad of TSC activities that USARNORTH conducts with its neighbors to enhance North American homeland defense in the land domain. From regular cross-border training activity with Canada to foreign military sales and formal schools with Mexico, USARNORTH continues to enhance its TSC program to meet the requirements laid out by the USNORTHCOM commander.




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