Renegade

Renegade literally means dissident or traitor. Renegade is a procedure for providing military assistance to protect Dutch air space and deploy defence resources against air-based terrorist threats.

The renegade procedure aims to combat air-based terrorism. The Renegade procedure is used in the event that a civil airplane is observed to be behaving in such a way as to arouse the suspicion that it may be being used to commit a terrorist attack.

Air Operations and Control Station (AOCS)

In the Netherlands, the Air Operations and Control Station (AOCS) of the Royal Netherlands Air Force in Nieuw-Millingen is responsible for protecting Dutch air space. The AOCS falls under the responsibility of the Minister of Defence.

The AOCS maintains contact with the Minister of Security and Justice via the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism's Surveillance, Protection and Civil Aviation Security Department. The Minister can thus always respond to "real-time" information concerning an imminent air-based terrorist attack and decide on what action to take. In such a case, the minister can deploy two F-16 fighters belonging to the Royal Netherlands Air Force Quick Reaction Alert team (QRA).

Minister of Security and Justice

Once the QRA is in the air, the Minister of Security and Justice is authorised to give instructions to the QRA via the Master Controller. The National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism and the Coordinator Monitoring and Security (CBB) take the role as advisers of the Minister.