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Message From The Chief Of The Defence Staff

General Rick J. Hillier, CMM, CD

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CrestThe Canadian Military Journal, now in its fifth year of publication, has evolved effectively as the professional journal of the Canadian Forces.

Every profession requires a forum for the sharing of new ideas, as well as for the critical discussion of opinions and views amongst the membership of that professional family and engaged outsiders. That is, after all, what keeps a professional body of knowledge from stagnating, and the practitioners of the profession progressive and receptive to worthwhile innovation. The profession of arms is no exception, and thus the journal was established to fill that need for the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence.

Frank, open and informed discussion of the security and defence issues that the Canadian Military Journal was intended to tackle is encouraged. There exists a wide range of important and relevant ideas that ought to be thoroughly examined and even vigorously debated at this time when our military profession is having to confront significant change in outlook, equipment, structure and the methods by which we are likely to conduct future operations. No specific group or rank level has a ‘lock’ on wisdom or good judgement, and so we need input from all parts of the Canadian defence community to effectively engage in those discussions and debates.

The journal is the appropriate professional forum for airing those ideas and viewpoints. I encourage its use to stimulate the intellectual growth of our profession.


Rick J. Hillier
Chief of the Defence Staff

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