Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for joining us this evening, gentlemen. Your presentations were fascinating.
Mr. Leuprecht, I apologize if I am mispronouncing your name. You talked in your presentation about the importance of solidifying our relationships with our allies and focusing on our strengths. I am thinking of an article you published a month ago on the Russian and Chinese threat to Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic. In it, you discuss things like the ambitions of China, which claims to be a near–Arctic state, by I'm not sure what kind of a stretch of the imagination.
I would like to hear your comments on the importance of modernizing the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, and on what can be done to better protect Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic.