Tuesday, April 03, 2007

EADS - It's Official Now?

Editors Note: I am still trying to get this story nailed down. Lots of unanswered email and phone calls. It is a funny situation. Almost as if they weren't ready for the changeover to the EADS when they did away with the SEADS. So when will NORAD make EADS official?

While their website my not be up-to-date, it looks as though the NORAD NEADS term is no longer used and the long anticpated name change has occurred at some level. This morning while checking for updates on this story I found this on the NORAD CONUS Region webpage (http://www.norad.mil/about_us/conr.htm)

Continental NORAD Region (CONR)

A component of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the Continental NORAD Region (CONR) provides airspace surveillance and control and directs air sovereignty activities for the continental United States (CONUS).

Since Sept. 11, 2001, CONR has been the lead agency for Operation Noble Eagle, an ongoing mission to protect the continental United States from further airborne aggression from inside and outside of U.S. borders.

CONR is presently divided into two defense sectors: the Western Defense Sector, with its headquarters located at McChord Air Force Base, Wash.; and the Eastern Defense Sector, with its headquarters located at Rome, N.Y.

Co-located with Headquarters First Air Force (Air Forces Northern) at Tyndall AFB, Fla., a Combined Air Operations Center coordinates CONR sector activities and executes the NORAD air sovereignty mission for the continental United States. First Air Force (AFNORTH) plans, conducts, controls, and coordinates all Air Force forces for the NORAD-NORTHCOM Commander. The best of America's fighter inventory, the F-15 Eagle and the F-16 Fighting Falcon, fly as CONR’s primary weapons systems.

First Air Force is comprised of 10 aligned Air National Guard fighter wings, but gains additional fighter wings as needed. With the transfer of responsibility for continental air defense from the regular component of the Air Force to the Air National Guard, First Air Force became the first numbered air force to be made up primarily of citizen airmen.

CONR is one of three NORAD regions. The two other regions are the Canadian NORAD Region (CANR), with its headquarters located at Canadian Forces Base, Winnipeg, and the Alaskan NORAD Region (ANR), with its headquarters located at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that employs a network of space-based, aerial and ground-based sensors, air-to-air refuelling tankers and fighter aircraft, controlled by a sophisticated command and control network to deter, detect and defend against aerial threats that originate outside or within North American airspace.