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1962 - AIR DEFENSE COMMAND - the mission of ADC, page 2 of 14


E&MP 103.010d


June - October 1962

[page 2]


The Air Defense Command, a major command of the United States Air Force, is organized primarily to discharge Air Force responsibilities for the aerospace defense of the United States.

This task involves providing, equipping, and training forces to detect, identify, intercept and destroy hostile aircraft or missiles attacking the nation.

The area of Air Defense Command responsibility encompasses the continental U.S. and its approaches and, as the U.S. Air Force component of the joint U.S.- Canadian North American Air Defense Command (NORAD), extends eventually to the farthest reaches of the North American continent and into the space which surrounds it.

To perform its vital mission, ADC must have highly-qualified people, the most modern equipment and weapons and a vast communications network.

Its highly effective fighting force represents a capital investment of $8 billion and requires a current annual operating budget of $1.3 billion.

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