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By Lt.-Col Stephen J. Day

In below twenty years, Canadian exact Operations Forces (CANSOF) grew from a 100-man hostage-rescue unit to a 2,500-person Command able to prosecuting missions around the specified operations spectrum. The seminal occasion inflicting this variation is tested inside this monograph. the typical narrative explaining the increase of Canadian distinctive Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) states that 11th of September is the seminal occasion. Herein, a brand new narrative is proposed. person who posits the 2001-02 deployment of a 40-man CANSOF activity strength to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is the seminal occasion. This activity Force's disproportionately optimistic influence at the Canadian nationwide scene triggered key nationwide actors to have in mind the strategic software of particular operations forces. Twenty-four interviews with defence and protection subject material specialists from the political, federal public carrier, army and educational domain names, in addition to best Canadian nationwide newshounds supply unique...

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50} But in the early 1990s, Canada’s sovereignty is threatened from an entirely different quarter: an out of control and rapidly worsening national fiscal situation. As the largest federal department, and with Canadians wanting a Cold War ‘peace-dividend’, DND is expected to shoulder a disproportionate share of the national deficit/debt reduction. ”{52} The conclusion drawn is that DND and the CAF are going to be asked ‘to do less with less’ because the national security threat is diminished. National Security Architecture - The Post-Cold War Decade In analyzing the 1992 and 1994 policies two key points emerge.

9/11 is the forcing function that clarifies the symbiotic relationship between national defence and internal security, and thus a new paradigm is born. {67} But this paradigm shift, appearing to be a direct result of 9/11, is in fact the culmination of a 40+ year trend. This trend shows a consistent recalibration of the national threat appreciation as a result of a transforming national security environment. ”{68} The paradigm shift is also formal recognition that the previous lack of a national security strategy created gaps and seams between the defence and security establishments.

71} Taken from a different perspective, it is logical that national leaders during the Cold War years place their weight of effort in favour of GPF for operating in a symmetrical security environment. So, although irregular conflicts are on the rise, from the unique Canadian perspective, they are understood to be the result of ineffective peacekeeping operations and therefore localized, offshore problems. And even though Canada experiences her own internal security challenges, these are seen as aberrations, and relatively low-consequence events.

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