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By Charlotte Duval-Lantoine The years 2014 and 2015 were turning points for Canada and its military. The Canadian Armed Forces left Afghanistan in March 2014, ending its thirteen-year participation in a conflict that had a lasting mental and...read more
Richard B. Fadden, Order of Canada, served as Director of CSIS, Deputy Minister of National Defence, and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister under Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau. Individuals are often told that self-awareness is an important...read more
Sustaining the Canadian Armed Forces ability to conduct missions in the world involves complex, expensive, and multi-year procurement processes that are already difficult to fulfill when governments hold the majority in the House of Commons. Now that we...read more
By Charles DaviesBuried deep in the recently released Liberal Party election platform is the following commitment:And to ensure that Canada’s biggest and most complex defence procurement projects are delivered on time and with greater transparency to...read more
VIMY AWARD 2019 LAUREATE: Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and CSIS Director, Richard B. Fadden, O.C.
Press Release – For Immediate Distribution Ottawa // September 25, 2019 The Conference of Defence Associations Institute is convening the 29th annual Vimy Gala on November 8th at the Canadian War Museum, during which time it will be celebrating Richard B....read more
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK TO ACCESS THE PDF. AUTHORS:Holly Ann Garnett, Assistant Professor, Department Political Science, Royal Military College of CanadaMichael Pal, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of OttawaChristian Leuprecht, Professor, Department...read more
Former Vice Chief of Defence Staff LGen Guy Thibault (ret’d) is named President of the Conference of Defence Associations & Chair of the CDA Institute
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release August 27, 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Former Vice Chief of Defence Staff LGen Guy Thibault (ret’d) is named President of the Conference of Defence Associations & Chair of the CDA Institute The Executive...read more
Lieutenant General (Retired) Guy Thibault, Chair of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute and former Vice Chief of Defence Staff (2013-2016) *** Today in National Defence Headquarters marked the change of appointment of Vice Chief of...read more
by Alistair Hensler & Tyler Berry Canada’s diffuse and relatively decentralized intelligence community is unique among democratic nations. The incapacity to covertly collect foreign human intelligence (HUMINT) abroad places Canada among a...read more
Now that I’ve been a few months in office, I owe you all an update about the direction that the organization has begun taking under my watch. My philosophy thus far has been to develop a higher impact / lower cost approach that is volunteer-driven and strategically focused.read more
Usually, every ten years, NATO member-states convene and negotiate a new Strategic Concept, a living document that gives purpose and direction to the Alliance. Since the last such discussion happened in Lisbon in 2010, when it was endorsed by NATO Heads of...read more
Walk the Talk: Time to Operationalize Canada’s Whole-of-Government Approach to Twenty-First Century Conflict
The 2008 Manley Report highlighted significant machinery of government obstacles to the effective conduct of the Afghanistan mission, and in particular the operations of the interdepartmental Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team (KPRT) which the Panel called “a...read more
Not unexpectedly in an election year, and nearly two years removed from the publication of Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s Defence Policy, Budget 2019 contains relatively little in the way of new defence commitments, although it does have a section on...read more
*Image courtesy of itworldcanada.comBy Andriyha Soans Computer technology today is ubiquitous. In 2017, there was an estimated 3 billion hand held devices in circulation across the globe with a 50 per cent increase expected by 2020.[i] These...read more