Accession Number : ADA476980


Title :   Strengthening North American Security: A Strategy to Engage Mexico


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL


Personal Author(s) : Spinetta, Lawrence J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a476980.pdf


Report Date : Apr 2005


Pagination or Media Count : 73


Abstract : At the highest level of government, Canada, Mexico, and the United States are committed to a long-range vision to develop a new tri-national partnership. In a joint statement on November 30, 2004, President George W. Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin stated their intent to develop a new partnership in North America (designed) to deepen our cooperation (and) continue close cooperation with Mexico. Going beyond the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), this new partnership will address more than just economic integration. Specifically, the partnership will set an agenda designed to increase the security, prosperity, and quality of life of our citizens. Similarly, Mexican President Vicente Fox has made North American integration a priority since the start of his administration. This commitment to develop a North American community is commendable, but not sufficient to turn this shared vision into reality. Consensus among the top three leaders helps guide decisions and policy, but does not replace a strategy. This paper offers a politically feasible strategy to help energize relations with Mexico and identifies creative policy options to strengthen continental defense. The intent is to offer a roadmap to help navigate political pitfalls with an emphasis on immediate steps NORAD and U.S. NORTHCOM can pursue to strengthen aerospace defense, cover gaps, and improve planning. A discussion of options to strengthen continental defense cannot be adequately covered without a broader discussion of continental security. Continental security and defense are intimately intertwined.


Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY , *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *CANADA , *COOPERATION , *HOMELAND SECURITY , *MEXICO , POLICIES , MILITARY EXERCISES , COUNTERTERRORISM , OVERFLIGHT , ASYMMETRIC WARFARE , PORTS(FACILITIES) , TERRORISM , INTERNATIONAL TRADE , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , MILITARY ASSISTANCE , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , INFORMATION EXCHANGE


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Civil Defense
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE