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Editor’s Corner

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Welcome to the 20th edition of the Canadian Military Journal. First and foremost, as your new editor, it is my distinct honour to acknowledge the enormous debt of gratitude all of us here at CMJ owe my friend, mentor and editorial predecessor, John Marteinson.

After a long and distinguished career as an Armour officer, an Army aviator, a senior staff officer and a military educator, John served for many years as the editor of Canadian Defence Quarterly. He has also contributed significantly to the historiography of the Canadian Army over the years, penning highly acclaimed books on the Canadian Armoured Corps (2000), and, most recently, the Governor General’s Horse Guards (2002). Earlier efforts included a history of the Fort Garry Horse (1970), a pictorial history of the 8th Canadian Hussars, and We Stand on Guard, a pictorial history of the Canadian Army from its inception until 1992.

During the summer of 1999, John was invited to become the inaugural editor of the Canadian Military Journal, and, as such, he reported for duty in late-September. The challenges were formidable, and the pressure was intense to generate a first issue in a minimum amount of time. However, with characteristic aplomb, John ‘pulled the rabbit out of the hat’ and had Volume 1, Number 1 ‘on the streets’ before the end of the fiscal year. Under his able guidance, the Journal has evolved into the capstone in-house intellectual forum of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces. It has, through its very existence, served as a beacon for the encouragement of open, transparent and constructive dialogue on Canadian defence issues. Due in no small measure to John’s superb leadership, the Journal has acquired an enviable reputation for excellence during its relatively short, five-year tenure. John’s steadying hand will be missed, and accordingly, I have asked him to remain on the CMJ Editorial Review Board, where I can selfishly call upon his expertise and corporate memory whenever the need arises. He also continues to teach in the History Department of the Royal Military College of Canada, with a wonderful ability to tell the story through his highly informative courses chronicling the First and Second World Wars. Many thanks for all you have done, John, and we wish you and your wife Doreen nothing but the best life has to offer for the future.

Hopefully, we generated an interesting, varied and informative issue for you, our readers, with this winter edition. We are honoured to lead with a presentation made in 2004 to the Cadet Wing, faculty and staff of the Royal Military College by His Excellency John Ralston Saul, the distinguished essayist, novelist, philosopher and spouse of Canada’s Governor General. The event was the JD Young Memorial Lecture, and the topic was leadership and the challenges of uniformed service as officers in today’s armed forces. Mr. Ralston Saul’s inspirational words are published here verbatim in an attempt to broaden the exposure of his message from the confines of its initial purpose.

Next, General Klaus Naumann, Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee from 1996 until 1999, has graciously provided us his keynote address on the subject of humanitarian intervention and the use of military force, delivered to the Canadian Conference of Defence Associations Institute last February. General Naumann’s presentation segues into a companion piece expressly written for the Journal by the Judge Advocate General and his staff. It is entitled “The Responsibility to Protect: A Military Legal Comment,” and readers should note that both these articles flow from and refer to the findings of the United Nations International Commission on Intervention and State Security (ICISS), of which General Naumann was a member.

The goal of our air force’s initiated metamorphosis is to provide the nation with an effective instrument of national power. This is to be accomplished by transforming it from a primarily static, platform-based organization into an expeditionary, network-enabled, capability-based and results-focused aerospace force. Lieutenant-General Ken Pennie, Chief of the Air Staff, shares with us his vision of the air force’s intended future path.

Other articles include an interesting analysis of the influence of the Canadian political and economic environment upon the crafting of the 1964 Defence White Paper. The reader may be able to draw parallels with the circumstances surrounding our upcoming defence review. Two distinguished postgraduate students then offer a thought-provoking piece on Canada’s maritime security situation post-9/11, and then elaborate upon their belief that the nation needs to aggressively adopt a culture of prevention in this important area. For those interested in defence management theories and practices, Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Rostek shares his thoughts on the intentions and results obtained by the Management Command and Control Re-engineering Initiative Team (MCCRT), a radical managerial re-design initiative intended to produce dramatic improvements to delivered products and services that swept through the Department in the mid-1990s. For the historians, Gordon Case provides us with a refreshing re-evaluation of Prime Minister Mackenzie King’s governance of Canada during the 1930s and into the Second World War. Perhaps public opinion has generally been rather unkind to William Lyon Mackenzie King, who led the nation in peace and in war for nearly twenty-three years.

As always, we close with a number of opinion pieces and a selection of book reviews for your consideration. And on that note, we both solicit and welcome your opinions, so keep those cards, letters and e-mails coming in. Feedback is an essential ingredient for success with any publication, and no feedback is more highly valued than that received from our readership.

David L. Bashow


Call for Papers

7th MARCOM Conference

Maritime Command LogoMaritime Command, along with the Directorate of History and Heritage, is holding a two-day conference on Canadian naval history at the new Canadian War Museum in Ottawa on Thursday 22 September and Friday 23 September 2005.

Papers on all aspects of the history of the Canadian navy are welcome, but special consideration will be given to those that focus on technological aspects of the navy’s weapons, platforms, and tactics during the Cold War Period.

Those interested in presenting are required to submit a proposal of not more than one page in length to the following address by 01 March 2005:

Lieutenant(N) Richard Mayne,
Directorate of History and Heritage,
101 Colonel By Drive Ottawa, ON, K1A 0K2
Tel: (613) 998-7048
E-mail: Mayne.RO@forces.gc.ca

Proposals must contain the author’s phone number and e-mail so that the reviewing committee can contact them with their decision.