Canadian Army


Tory cuts to Public Service make a mockery of the ‘Defence Team’ concept

All this week, reports have been coming out from the federal government about closures and reductions in federal service programs.  Up until the various announcements, Defence Department spokespersons repeatedly declined to comment where the anticipated 1,000 jobs would be cut, citing the ‘rights’ of ‘Defence Team members’ to be advised […]

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The ‘Leslie Plan’ is not about transformation

Here are some impressions from my analysis of the Report on Transformation 2011. This report is not about transformation. It is too narrowly focused on headquarters organization to be a serious transformational plan. The only really meaningful recommendation it comes up with is combining the four national-level headquarters (Domestic, Expeditionary, […]

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Leslie Report a ‘pale imitation’ of real transformation

One of my favourite definitions about the meaning of military transformation comes from General Peter J. Schoomaker, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 01 August 2003 to 10 April 2007. This is how he defined transformation in a speech made on 11 April 2005: “Transformation is a journey. It […]

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Return of the Royal Canadian Navy?

On 16 August the government of Canada announced its decision to restore the historic names of the three environmental commands of the Canadian Forces; Maritime Command is now the Royal Canadian Navy.  Those of us wearing naval uniforms are all members of the Canadian Forces first, but we have always […]

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The key to flexibility is in building logistical capacity

 While I agree with Brian Wentzell that our nation needs flexible forces, and that the public should insist that the government provide for them, I cannot agree with his characterization of Canadian army and air force operations in Central Europe during the Cold War as expeditionary.  If the origins of […]

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Army versus Navy Capability Planning

In a recent exchange on the Security and Defence Forum Policy Discussion Board concerning Army Transformation, found here (under the “Books and Publications” heading in the Canadian Defence Policy Forum) Major Andrew Godefroy commented with the following: Army Transformation is not a project. Transformation itself is an event that can […]

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The Long War’s Arms Race: Update

An interesting article/post by David Perry. It seems, now I may be wrong, that the navies of the world tried to play the “up armour” game in the last century. It also seems to me that eventually it dawned on someone that more armour against bigger bangs was not the […]

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The Long War’s Arms Race

 This article suggests the Canadian army’s decision to scrap the MGS program in favour of a renewed main battle tank might have been prophetic – the American military is learning that their wheeled Stryker vehicles [a variant of the Mobile Guns System (MGS) that the CF planned on acquiring until […]

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Thinking the un-thinkable

The navy’s plan to replace the existing fleet on a one-for-one basis plus a couple of extra ships over the next 30 or so years is ambitious and very expensive. A useful number hasn’t been suggested yet, but I would think it has to be around $60 billion. To a […]

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