Rick Hillier


My Theory on Military Suicide*

[* Moderator’s Note: The text of this post has been amended from the original version at the request of a family member of WO McNeil.] A lot of questions have been coming to me about the many suicides in the military. The recent spate of deaths has a lot of […]

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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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The danger of charisma

This is a good piece on Transformation, Hillier-style.  I especially agree with your comment on ‘A Soldier First’: I always thought that this was a serious dereliction of duty by him, a complete misunderstanding of what being the guardian of an institution, its people and future actually requires. Charisma can […]

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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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The Canada First Defence Strategy?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the long awaited “Canada First Defence Strategy” (CFDS) yesterday. Or, as a cynic might put it, he repackaged several old announcements and planning document details, and attempted to pass it off as something new. The much awaited details? The Tories are serious about the North […]

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The Future of the CP-140s

During the past few months there has been increasing speculation that the project to upgrade the CP-140 Aurora (the Aurora Incremental Modernization Project or AIMP) would be terminated. The decision by government is expected on 20 Nov 2007. The Auroras were purchased in the early 1980’s and were optimised for […]

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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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No more ‘honk’ in this ship?

The report of the arrival of France’s F.N. Tonnerre in Halifax should raise some issues for Canada. Tonnerre is a four-in-one vessel – helicopter carrier, hospital ship, command ship, and amphibious ship – that might have been a potential contender for the “Big Honking Ship” once touted by no less […]

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An appetite suppressant for procurement? (IV)

Eugene Lang, former chief of staff to Liberal Defence Ministers John McCallum and Bill Graham, and current policy adviser to the Liberal Party of Canada asks similar questions about the policy decision to scrap the MGS in favour of the Leopard II. Curiously, he claims his former boss, Graham, let […]

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