United States Northern Command [USNORTHCOM] Law and Legal Definition

United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) is a Unified Combatant Command of the U.S. military established to provide command and control of Department of Defense (DOD) homeland defense efforts and to coordinate defense support of civil authorities.

The USNORTHCOM mission include;

1. to defend America's homeland - protecting our people, national power, and freedom of action;

2. to conduct homeland defense, civil support and security cooperation to defend and secure the United States and its interests;

3. to consolidate under a single unified command existing missions that were previously executed by other DOD organizations; and

4. to plan, organize and execute homeland defense and civil support missions.

USNORTHCOM’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) includes air, land and sea approaches and encompasses the contiguous United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the surrounding water out to approximately 500 nautical miles (930 km). It also includes the Gulf of Mexico, the Straits of Florida, and portions of the Caribbean region to include The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.