Leadership

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Death of Vice-Admiral (Ret.) John ‘Jock’ Allan, CMM, OstJ, CD(3), BSc(Eng)

The passing of Vice-Admiral John ‘Jock’ Allan occurred on 01 May. He was 86 years old. Admiral Allan’s obituary (see below for links) outlines his impressive career but says only that, “He enjoyed a rare and unique career path in the history of Canada’s navy.” This is, in my view, […]

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What do quick changes to naval strategic and operational leadership mean?

The recent list of senior promotions and appointments from DND has prompted a flurry of comments about what it all ‘means’. Eleven flag-rank officers will retire and a series of 47 different appointments and promotions will result as candidates are shuffled and moved up.  As usual, the new appointments dominated […]

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Lawson not a guarantee for F-35 selection

After the initial flurry of comments following the appointment of Lieutenant-General Thomas Lawson as Chief of Defence Staff, some more measured observations about the duties and responsibilities of the position and the nature of the man are coming out. Professor Philippe Lagassé, a well-respected and balanced commentator, has written an […]

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The ‘Yingling’ Thesis

While I like the line of the LCol. Paul Yingling’s logic (and admire his courage), I think that his article on leadership in Armed Forces Journal is lacking in strategic context. At the same time as the Vietnam War, the ‘West’ was engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball military standoff with the ‘East’. […]

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