U.S.-Canada Antimissile Cooperation Could Focus on Radars

Global Security Newswire Staff
June 23, 2014, 10:31 a.m.

As Canada con­siders a re­com­mend­a­tion to join a U.S.-led bal­list­ic-mis­sile shield, op­tions for im­prov­ing rel­ev­ant radar cov­er­age are at the fore­front of the de­bate.

Last week, one of the Ca­na­dian par­lia­ment’s de­fense com­mit­tees of­fi­cially re­com­men­ded that the coun­try par­ti­cip­ate in the U.S. an­ti­mis­sile frame­work for North Amer­ica, cit­ing con­cerns about emer­ging long-range bal­list­ic mis­sile threats from North Korea and Ir­an.

The com­mit­tee re­com­men­ded that Canada per­mit the United States to de­ploy X-band radar sys­tems on its ter­rit­ory or im­prove its own sensor cap­ab­il­it­ies in the Arc­tic, De­fense News re­por­ted on Sunday. The ex­pan­ded sur­veil­lance cap­ab­il­it­ies would be used to im­prove the de­tec­tion and mon­it­or­ing of launched bal­list­ic mis­siles.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has not made a new re­quest for Ot­t­awa to par­ti­cip­ate in con­tin­ent­al mis­sile de­fense. Still, Joanna Quin­ney, spokes­wo­man for Ca­na­dian De­fense Min­is­ter Rob Nich­olson, noted that the Sen­ate com­mit­tee’s re­com­mend­a­tion would be stud­ied “care­fully be­fore de­cid­ing on next steps.”