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26 January 1996

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Command Policy

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This NORAD directive provides policy on readiness assessment specifies concept, frequency of inspection, command relationships, scheduling responsibilities, notification, and general scenario description. It applies to assigned and gained air defense units and to command and control units to include Region Operations Control Centers (ROCC), Sector Operations Control Centers (SOCC), and the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center (CMOC). This policy directive will be used in conjunction with a proposed NORAD instruction which implements this policy. This policy directive applies to the Air National Guard and does not apply to the AF Reserve.

1. Concept. The readiness of forces made available to CINCNORAD will be assessed by the appropriate parent command/service inspection agency on a regular and recurring basis to prompt them to go through the preparation process which leads to increased readiness; and give CINCNORAD a validation of their readiness posture as reported on a monthly basis in the Status of Resources and Training System (SORTS) report. Readiness will be assessed via two kinds of inspections. The first assesses unit readiness to perform NORAD wartime missions and is called the NORAD Operational Evaluation (NOE). The second assesses ability to perform the peacetime mission. For air defense units, SOCCs, and ROCCs, this is called the Alert Force Evaluation (AFE). For the CMOC, this is normally a combined NORAD/USSPACECOM evaluation of all CMOC peacetime activities and is called the CMOC Readiness Evaluation (CRE). A list of units, centers, and alert sites subject to evaluation is at attachments 1 and 2.

2. Frequency. Readiness to perform the wartime mission will be measured at least every 2 years. Therefore, an NOE of all assigned and gained units/centers will be conducted at least biannually. Readiness to perform the peacetime mission will be measured between NOEs so as to result in an overall annual inspection of assigned and gained units/centers.

3. Command IG Relationships. The parent command/service retains primary responsibility for assessing readiness of air defense units and the SOCCs. The NORAD IG will normally augment the parent command/service inspection team, and coordinate on the final report. The NORAD IG is responsible for assessing readiness of the ROCCs and for conducting all AFEs. The NORAD IG, in conjunction with the USSPACECOM IG, is responsible for assessing readiness of the CMOC. The NORAD/USSPACECOM IG will develop the inspection directives for these assessments.

4. Scheduling. Scheduling of evaluations is a shared responsibility of the parent command/service and HQ NORAD. For NOEs conducted by the parent command/service, a NORAD J3 representative will normally participate in the scheduling process, and will ensure NORAD's inspection requirements are met. This proposed inspection schedule will be approved by the NORAD J3. For inspections conducted by the NORAD IG, the NORAD J3 will be responsible to oversee all scheduling activities.

5. Notification. Prior notification of intent to inspect is fundamental to the NORAD concept of readiness assessment. NOE notification simulates strategic warning, and is the mechanism that prompts preparation, and ensures increased readiness. Normally, notification will be made through the published inspection schedule, which will forecast inspections well in advance to allow for proper preparations. At the discretion of the parent command/service, this notification can be made via other means. However, the concept of strategic warning is imbedded in the NORAD assessment philosophy. Accordingly, adequate prior notice of intent to inspect is essential to meet NORAD inspection goals.

6. AFE Scenario. The AFE evaluates a unit/center capability to perform the daily air sovereignty mission. It is a limited-notice NORAD IG evaluation, and will normally assess performance of air defense alert sites, and the ROCCs and SOCCs to detect, prosecute, and report an unknown track that has violated the sovereignty of North America.

7. CRE Scenario. The CRE evaluates the CMOC capability to perform its peacetime tasks. The evaluation will be conducted in conjunction with a scheduled exercise, or the appropriate portions thereof. To ensure continuity and completeness, the evaluation will normally include all centers, and may be a combined NORAD/USSPACECOM evaluation. Accordingly, the NORAD J3, in conjunction with the USSPACECOM J3 as required, will determine specific operational scenario elements.

8. NOE Scenario. The NOE assesses the unit/center capability to perform its wartime air defense mission. It is not intended to be a full up "operational readiness inspection." NORAD J3 will participate in the planning process with the respective parent command/service to ensure NORAD requirements are met. Specific operational and logistics scenario requirements will be identified during this planning process. Overall unit readiness will be assessed using the five tier grading system of outstanding, excellent, satisfactory, marginal, and unsatisfactory.

8.1. For assigned air defense units, the NOE scenario will normally be embedded in the existing parent command/service inspection scenario. For the purposes of the NOE, the unit must generate at least six aircraft for deployment (if tasked for deployment under NORAD CONPLANs), and achieve deployment goals. Subsequently, all aircraft will be employed against appropriate targets.

8.2. For gained air defense units, for example fighter training units, existing parent command/service inspection processes may not provide for operational-type evaluations. In this case, the NOE process will be adjusted to incorporate those elements of the parent command/service inspection process required to evaluate generation, deployment (if tasked in the CONPLAN), and employment. The overall assessment of unit readiness to perform the NORAD wartime mission will be derived cumulatively from data provided by the parent command/service inspection agency.

8.3. For the ROCCs, SOCCs, and CMOC, the NOE will normally take place within the existing exercise program. These centers will be evaluated on their ability to support all aspects of NORAD wartime operations.

9. Summary. In summary, NORAD-assigned and -gained units/centers must be regularly assessed in their ability to meet NORAD mission requirements. This policy ensures these assessments are made, and that mission readiness status is validated. To the extent possible, this inspection process will use existing inspections, exercises and deployments that will accommodate the requirements outlined in this directive. For fighter units and SOCCs, the parent command/service is the primary inspection agency,

augmented by the NORAD IG as appropriate. For the ROCCs and CMOC, the NORAD IG is the primary inspection agency. The NORAD J3 is responsible for approving all scenarios and schedules to ensure that all requirements are met.

Commander in Chief

1. Units Subject to NOE's
2. Units Subject to AFE's

COMNAVAIRLANT, NAS Norfolk VA 23511..................................................................................... 1
NGB/CF, 2500 Army Pentagon, Washington DC 20310-2500...........................................................1
3 MAW/CG, MCAS El Toro CA 92708.............................................................................................. 1
AIRCOM/DCOS OPS, CFB Winnipeg, Westwin MB R3J OTO........................................................ 1


CMOC Cheyenne Mountain AS CO
ANR Elmendorf AFB AK
CANR CFB North Bay Ontario
21 ACW CFB North Bay, Ontario
611 ACW Elmendorf AFB AK
102 FW Otis ANGB MA
114 FS Klamath Falls International Airport OR
119 FW Hector International Airport ND
120 FW Great Falls International Airport MT
125 FW Jacksonville International Airport FL
142 FW Portland International Airport OR
144 FW Fresno Air Terminal CA
147 FW Ellington Field TX
148 FW Duluth International Airport MN
158 FW Burlington International Airport VT
162 FW Tucson International Airport AZ
177 FW Atlantic City International Airport NJ
3 WG (USAF) Elmendorf AFB AK
325 FW Tyndall AFB FL
3 ERE (CF) CFB Bagotville, Quebec
4 FW CFB Cold Lake, Alberta
56 FW Luke AFB AZ
57 FW Nellis AFB NV
VF 101 NAS Oceana VA
VFMAT 101 NAS Mirimar CA


ANR Elmendorf AFB AK
CANR CFB North Bay, Ontario
21 ACW CFB North Bay, Ontario
611 ACW Elmendorf AFB AK
102 FW Otis ANGB MA
Det 1, 119 FW March AFB CA
Det 1, 120 FW Davis Mothan AFB AZ
Det 1, 125 FW NAS Key West FL
142 FW Portland International Airport OR
144 FW Ellington Field TX
Det 1, 148 FG Tyndall AFB FL
Det 1, 158 FG Charleston AFB SC
177 FW Atlantic City International Airport NJ
3 WG (USAF) Elmendorf AFB AK
3 ERE (CF) CFB Bagotville Quebec
4 WG (CF) CFB Cold Lake, Alberta