The United States, Canada, and Mexico share significant concerns regarding hemispheric security. Historically, the United States and Canada have had a strong military relationship through NORAD. However, past U.S. intervention in Latin America has at times produced strained U.S.-Mexico relations. Despite past disagreements, all three countries have an interest in a multinational security organization. The U.S. Northern Command should be structured to lead both military and civilian agencies in the security realm. The command should be comprised of a multinational naval task force and a civilian border enforcement team. For legal and political reasons, leadership in the organization should have both civilian and military expertise. Specifically, the U.S. Coast Guard provides the right mix of expertise. Canadian and Mexican leaders must have leadership roles for the organization to be a true partnership, and information sharing between all countries will be necessary for the organization to be an effect defense against terrorist activities in North America.
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