NATO Air Policing Meets NORAD – Collective Defense on a Global Scale

On Aug 23, Major General Karsten Stoye, German Air Force, Chief of Staff of NATO’s Allied Air Command at Ramstein Air Base, visited the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to meet with NORAD Deputy Commander Lieutenant-General Alain Pelletier, Royal Canadian Air Force.

“Allied Air Command is closely working with the Allies in Europe to safeguard the airspace in a collective effort. The U.S. Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force are doing the exact same thing here for the North American airspace. My visit is an excellent opportunity to compare notes with the NORAD leadership….Together we protect the airspace of almost one billion inhabitants in the 30 NATO member nations – a lot of common ground which we are continuing to explore together,” he added.


“Safeguarding the airspace on both sides of the Atlantic epitomises NATO’s transatlantic link. The Arctic region and the High North is a shared area of interest which is of great importance to NATO. Our Allied controllers, radar operators and fighter pilots ensure 24/7 vigilance and readiness providing deterrence and defence across the Euro-Atlantic area.”