9/11 and Canadian Special Operations Forces. How '40 by Lt.-Col Stephen J. Day

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By Lt.-Col Stephen J. Day

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

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Therefore, 9/11 does not in-and-of-itself create CANSOF strategic relevance, but it does play a significant role. 9/11 creates the necessary change momentum which various leaders can build upon. ”{70} Thus, CANSOF is operating on the leading edge of two new GoC focus areas. The first is a focus on whole-of-government approaches to national security. The second is the inversion of primary missions for the CAF. {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.

Despite nearly a decade of growth, CANSOF is still very much in its formative phase. For such a small organization, that is continuously pushing the tactical bounds, it is justifiable that the occasional seam opened. Although proving itself tactically proficient during training, there are a number of striking operations shortcomings. {89} A larger C2 deficiency exists at the operational and strategic levels. e. getting to the objective) at all levels. Compounding the above, CANSOF interoperability with domestic agencies and international allies is very limited.

The clarity resulting from the 2004 NSP capstone document enables DND to publish Canada’s International Policy Statement: A Role of Pride and Influence in the World - DEFENCE. Within is an articulation of a new vision to transform the CAF. Significant re-investment and capability enhancement are on the horizon. Taken with a new foreign policy document the three are synchronized and crystal clear in articulating GoC national intent. {61} Most germane to this paper is the new lexicon and prominence that special operations (SO) capabilities and JTF 2 garner throughout both the 2004 NSP and 2005 defence document.

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