At its creation in 1957, NORAD was given operational control over
the vast US and Canadian continental air defense forces. Canada in
NORAD, 1957-2007 follows Canadian involvement in the binational
command as the threat shifted from Soviet bombers to ballistic
missiles to terrorist-highjacked aircraft. It focuses particularly
on what continental air defense has meant for the Canadian air
force and for Canadian airspace and territory. It also looks at the
differing Canadian and US conceptions of NORAD's role in warning of
nuclear attack, and the implications of Ottawa's decisions not to
participate in missile defense. It examines the place of Canadians
within NORAD as it exercised operational control over Canadian and
US forces, which were equipped for years with nuclear air defense
weapons, as well as the command's impact on Canadian sovereignty.
Finally, it outlines what Ottawa sought to achieve in the NORAD
agreements with Washington, from the first one in 1958 to the most
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