of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
Press Statement Designating Commanders for Homeland Defense
October 26, 2001
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld today announced that U.S. military commanders
are being provided additional authorities to defend the United States homeland,
its states, territories, trusts and commonwealths.
As previously announced, Secretary of the Army Thomas White is DoD's executive
agent for Homeland Defense and will coordinate the department's efforts with
the White House's Office of Homeland Security. The commander of U.S. Joint Forces
Command in Norfolk, Va., has been placed in charge of the land and maritime
defense of the continental United States, as well as providing military assistance
to civil authorities. The commander of the North American Aerospace Defense
command (NORAD), in Colorado Springs, Co., has been placed in charge of aerospace
defense. U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs, Co., will provide support in
the area of computer network operations while U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M.
Smith, Hawaii, and U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Fla., are responsible for
their respective geographic areas of responsibility.
The Department of Defense will continue to support local and state officials,
as well as federal agencies, to combat terrorism in our country. Today's decision
allows additional detailed planning and training to occur that will increase
our military's ability to respond more effectively and quickly to requests from