What’s New From the CDA Institute – 20 July 2017

De nos Associations / From our Associations:

From the RCMI:

Dear Colleagues,

You may be interested in the videocast of a roundtable on the Defence Policy Review hosted by our Defence and Security Studies Committee last week on July 11.

In Part One, our Defence and Security Studies panel of experts address six aspects of the Foreign Policy Statement and the Defence Policy Review announced by the Canadian government in June 2017.

In Part Two, following the panel presentations, a general discussion with participants.

Best wishes for the summer,

Eric S. Morse

Deputy Director, Defence and Security Studies Programme

Chief of Publications


 Upcoming CDA and CDA Institute Events

Vimy Award Gala Dinner
November 3, 2017
Canadian War Museum
Ottawa, Ontario





The Vimy Award Gala Dinner brings together our men and woman in uniform; both past and present, multi-industry leaders, foreign and domestic defence and security representatives, members of Canadian government and Canadian citizens from coast to coast all who wish to be part of this important event and witness the presentation of the Vimy Award.

In 1991, the Vimy Award was established to recognize Canadians who have made outstanding commitments to our national security and defence and towards preserving our democratic values, normally as a life-long achievement and is one of the most anticipated events hosted by the CDA Institute.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Vimy Award Gala Dinner provide to you experience, exposure and return on investment you look for in your sponsorship expenditures. Opportunities will sell out so contact Jennifer Giguere at jennifer@cdainstitute.ca to secure your company’s place at this very important event for Canada.


20th Annual Graduate Student Symposium
October 112-13, 2017
Royal Canadian Military College
Kingston, ON




Celebrating its 20th year, this impressive and well-attended Symposium draws together Canadian and international MA and PhD students; members of the Department of National Defence; members of the Regular and Reserve components of the Canadian Armed Forces including Officer Cadets; as well as scholars, defence industry stakeholders, government officials and leaders, for two days of presentations, discussions, professional development, and networking.

Be seen as the company that supports our industry leaders of tomorrow. By supporting the GSS you are assisting the CDA Institute in our continued efforts in enhancing and expanding educational experiences for students who are investing in the future of the defence and security sector in Canada.  Contact Jennifer Giguere at jennifer@cdainstitute.ca today!

Recent CDA Institute Web Updates/Dernières mises à jour sur le Site internet de l’Institut de la CAD:





Par l’entremise des membres de son conseil d’administration, de son conseil consultatif et des chargés de recherche, l’Institut de la CAD bénéficie grandement de l’expérience, du conseil et de la gravitas d’un large éventail de Canadiens issus des milieux gouvernementaux, militaires, universitaires et professionnels. En mai dernier, le Lgén Richard Evraire (à la retraite), ancien président de la CAD et actuellement membre du conseil consultatif de l’Institut de la CAD, a partagé ses réflexions sur le leadership et la résilience avec le personnel et les élèves officiers du Collège Militaire Royale de St Jean lors du Remise des Certificats 2017.

Through the members of its Board, Council of Advisers and Research Fellows, the CDA Institute benefits greatly from the experience, counsel and gravitas of a wide range of Canadians drawn from government, military, academic and business backgrounds.   This past May, LGen Richard Evraire (Retired), past Chair of the CDA and currently on the CDA Institute Counsel of Advisers, shared his thoughts on leadership and resilience with the staff and officer cadets at Collège Militaire Royale de St Jean for the 2017 Remise des Certificats.




The first annual Captain Nichola Goddard “Game Changer” Award

The call for nominations may be found here:




The Annual Vimy Award 

Submissions are now being accepted. Details on the award and how to make a submission may may be found here:


De notre Chargé de Recherche Howard Coombs – Aerograms de l’Institut de la CAD / CDA Institute Aerograms – From our Research Fellow Howard Coombs:

1. I would like to thank Janes correspondent Bruce Jones for sharing this article.

Posted: 18-July-2017

Jane’s Defence Weekly
Russian forces boost military technical training, leadership intake
Bruce Jones, London

Russia’s Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Education are to introduce a new form of military training, which will enable students during their courses at civilian universities and colleges to be trained in military technical specialisations without having to do conscription, local media reported on 17 July.
Unlike conventional military training, on completion of their university courses, graduates will become officers or non-commissioned officers (NCOs) commanding infantry squads, tanks, combat vehicles, or anti-aircraft missile systems.

It is hoped this will provide those of call-up age with a number of new ways of following military careers.
A new Duma bill will change a number of federal laws and merge and supersede existing structures and concepts into a single unified training architecture. These reorganised military training centres are also preparing to train professional staff officers and existing reserve officers. Once qualified, those graduating can enter full-time contract (professional) military service with their rank.

Alternatively, graduates can enrol into a new active reserve cadre, in which they will be called up several times a year and for which they will receive various payments in order to maintain their specialist military skills.
Also for active operations, the new reserves can be selectively called up to make up for shortfalls in numbers in regular army units and by regional authorities to cope with civil disasters, including recurrent widespread floods and forest fires.


Russian ground forces lack adequate leadership in the form of NCOs and junior officers. They also have, given their size, insufficient military technical expertise in areas including artillery and electronics.
This move, which provides additional forms of military intake and technical training, represents an important advance in addressing both these issues, while increasing Russia’s defence capabilities and abilities to mobilise and deploy overall.
It remains to be seen to what extent those entering the forces this way will be fully respected, as they may have the rank, but not necessarily the leadership experience. They would have to have considerable exposure to the regular army during their training.

2.  I would like to thank the US Army War College for sharing this material.

Note: The links to the resources below may be found on the following webpage: http://usawc.libguides.com/Library_Alerts

US Army War College Integrated Research Project

1-A. “U.S.-China Competition: Asia-Pacific Land Force Implications” William G. Braun III, et al, USAWC War College Press

1-B. Asia – Pacific Land Forces Implications Research Project Discussion, USWAC YouTube Page

Other Resources

2. “U.S. Landpower in the South China Sea” Clarence J. Bouchat, U.S. Army War College Press

3. “Promoting U.S.-Indian Defense Cooperation: Opportunities and Obstacles” by Richard Weitz, U.S. Army War College Press

4. “Cyber Infrastructure Protection: Vol. III” by Tarek N Saadawi and John D Colwell, Jr. (Editors) U.S. Army War College Press

5. “Consolidating The Revolution: Optimizing the Potential of Remotely Piloted Aircraft” by David A. Deptula, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

6. U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar 2017

Annual symposium from the USAWC.
– Implications of the Third Offset Strategy for the Army, Prof. Sam White
– The Army’s Ability to Fight a Great Power War, Dr. Antulio Echevarria
– Chinese Economy, Prof John Troxell
– Risk and Assessment in Contemporary Defense Strategy, Prof. Robert Hume
– Economic presentation of DIME, Dr. Jeffry Frieden

7. US Naval War College Current Strategy Forum

Annual symposium from the USNWC.
– Adm. John M. Richardson: National Security and Fleet Design
– Panel Discussion: Enduring Strategic Principles and Present-Day Challenges
– Gen. Robert B. Neller: Keynote Address
– Michael Auslin: Keynote Address
– Panel Discussion: National Security and the Maritime Force
– Harlan K. Ullman: Keynote Address
– Panel Discussion: Fleet Design – Future Challenges and Ways Ahead
– Robert D. Kaplan: Keynote Address

8. “Defense Strategy and the Iron Triangle of Painful Trade-offs” by Kathleen H. Hicks, Center for Strategic & International Studies

9. “U.S. Military Spending: The Cost of Wars” by Anthony Cordesman, Center for Strategic & International Studies

10 . “Islam and Human Rights: Key Issues for Our Times” by Elie Abouaoun et al, Atlantic Council

“VR Howard”

News around the World / Nouvelles dans le monde

Parliament and National Security: Challenges and opportunities (ASPI, 30 June)


Darrieussecq s’occupera du service universel (Forces Operations Blog, 11 juillet)


Space Corps could ‘disrupt’ US DoD capabilties, Selva warns.  (Defense News, 18 July)


Le Canada a-t-il vraiment besoin d’une armée? (Le Soleil, 19 juillet)


Flexing military might is capitulation to Trump, despite Liberal spin: McQuaig (Toronto Star, 19 July)


Ship that may have sunk Admiral’s career to be unveiled in Quebec (CBC, 20 July)


CEO of top South Korean military supplier resigns over corruption scandal (Nikkei Asian Review, 20 July)


Armée : vingt-cinq ans de coupes budgétaires (Le Parisien, 20 juillet)


Défense : l’équation budgétaire insoluble (Le monde, 20 juillet)


US flexibility could ease tensions with North Korea (Nikkei Asian Review, 20 July)




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