defence policy

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A ‘Clarion Call’ for change from the Governor General

Dr. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces, published a fascinating vision statement in the form of an opinion article in the Globe and Mail on Friday, 17 February. He asserts that finding ways to coherently and effectively deal with the complex challenges of the […]

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Army theory and naval practice seldom meet in amphibious operations*

*Moderators Note: This post is extracted from an article published in the ‘Views and Opinions’ section of Canadian Military Journal (Summer 2007): 79-80.  You can read the original article here. The idea of acquiring large amphibious ships for the Canadian military is based on the assumption that only a ship […]

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Integration: Beyond the inefficiencies of 3-D, ‘Whole-of-Government’, CIMIC and CMCoord

Senator LGen. the Hon. Roméo A. Dallaire (Ret’d), Senior Fellow, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, and Carrier-Sabourin Krystel, War Studies Ph.D. student, Royal Military College of Canada Canada desperately needs to reorganize the way the CF does business in order to deal with modern threats to peace and […]

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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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2011 Conservative Party election platform

Moderator’s Note:  This material is provided by .  It is from a document entitled Here For Canada, which is available at this URL: http://www.conservative.ca/media/ConservativePlatform2011_ENs.pdf (Beginning at page 16) PROMOTE CANADA’S WORLD-CLASS AEROSPACE INDUSTRY Canada’s export-oriented aerospace industry – the fifth largest in the world – employs more than 80,000 Canadians […]

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2011 Liberal Party election platform

Moderator’s Note:  This material is provided by .  It is from a document entitled Your Family. Your Future. Your Canada., which is available at this URL: http://cdn.liberal.ca/files/2011/04/liberal_platform.pdf The Modern Canadian Military The Canadian Forces do extraordinary work around the world, as well as defending our security and sovereignty at home, […]

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2011 New Democratic Party election platform

Moderator’s Note:  This material is from a document entitled Practical First Steps For Leadership On The World Stage, which is available at this URL: http://www.ndp.ca/platform/leadership-on-world-stage] Item 6.4 – Charting a New Course for Canada’s Defence We will give the men and women of the Canadian Forces, who put their lives on […]

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2011 BLOC Québécois Party election platform*

*Moderator’s Note:  This material is from a document entitled Parlons Qc, which is available at this URL: http://www.blocquebecois.org/accueil.aspx] Chapitre 21 Défense: fini les folies ! Les partis libéral et conservateur veulent dépenser 470 milliards de dollars en achats militaries et pour la défense au cours des 20 prochaines années sans […]

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2011 Green Party election platform*

*Moderator’s Note:  This material is from a document entitled Smart Economy. Strong Communities.  True Democracy., which is available at this URL: http://greenparty.ca/files/attachments/green-book-2011-en.pdf] Global action on global problems. Strengthen and enforce decisions made in the 2010 climate negotiations (COP16) to bring in the urgent and aggressive measures required globally to avoid […]

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Secretary of Defence Gates’ vision of the future

On 25 February at West Point, The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates provided a very clear picture of future U.S. defence strategy. (See the text of the speech here.)  It was not what many had expected given the heavy U.S. land commitment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the […]

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