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Well, a promise is a promise, and attentive readers will note that I have returned to the red trim accents, at least, for this particular issue. The red highlights are entirely appropriate, since this is the color of the 1st Canadian Division, and our cover art by Charles Comfort commemorates their breaching of the Hitler Line in Italy in May 1944.

First up are a brace of articles dealing with Canadian-American defence cooperation. Lieutenant-General (ret’d) George Macdonald, who held the chair as deputy commander of NORAD for several years, offers his views on the way ahead for what has been a highly successful bi-national command, including the potential for involvement in some non-traditional areas. Doctor Jim Fergusson of the University of Manitoba, a political scientist and an acknowledged NORAD expert, discusses the challenges inherent in Canada-US defence relations in the wake of the recent governmental ballistic missile defence decision.

Next, Lane Anker charts the evolution of peacekeeping and its impact upon Canadian public opinion, including the conceptual gap between peacekeeping and peacemaking. Lane then offers some suggestions for closing that conceptual gap.

Defining the role of non-commissioned officers in Canada’s army of the future is challenging and essential work. Master Warrant Officer Stephan Smith shares with us his views on what he feels needs to be done in terms of necessary changes for our NCO corps of tomorrow, and the need for NCOs to work in lockstep with the officer corps to facilitate those changes.

In the last edition, Major Brent Beardsley discussed the Rwandan genocidal tragedy of 1994 from the vantage point of one who was there. In this issue, Brent concludes with the lessons he feels we need to draw from this humanitarian tragedy for future applications.

For the military history buffs, Doctor Chris Madsen from the Canadian Forces College in Toronto has penned an interesting and informative article on Canadian involvement in the South African War, using history to draw some relevant parallels with relatively recent deployments. Major Mat Joost from the Directorate of History and Heritage then covers the little-known Japanese balloon campaign against western Canada in 1945, a rather innovative late-war attempt to set Canada ablaze.

In May, the magnificent new Canadian War Museum opened its doors to the public from its new Ottawa location on LeBreton Flats. Appropriately, Doctor Serge Bernier, the Director of History and Heritage, concludes his walk through the history of Canadian Forces and affiliated military museums from the end of the First World War until the present day.

Lots of views and opinions in this issue, and the Canadian Military Journal welcomes inputs from offshore. Doctor Karl-Heinz Kamp of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin provides a fresh perspective on the usage of pre-emptive military force and its relevance for Europe. Lieutenant-Colonel Rory Kilburn has some additional thoughts about transformational leadership, and Colonel Pat Stogran, who won a Meritorious Service Cross for his actions in Afghanistan, believes our future Army transformation needs to be more joint and integrated with the other services.

As promised, Martin Shadwick takes on the recent defence policy statement, and we offer a veritable cornucopia of book reviews for your consideration.

Enjoy the summer, and read responsibly.


David L. Bashow

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The Demand – Resource Dilemma: The Experiences of 2nd and 3rd Tier Air Forces

22-23 November 2005

Organized by the Centre for Defence and Security Studies University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

For further information contact Ms. Pat Kruchak, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba at 204-474-6472 or cdssum@cc.umanitoba.ca and visit:

The 2nd Biennial Aerospace Power Forum focuses upon the unique problems confronting 2nd and 3rd tier air forces in the current security environment. Aerospace scholars and practitioners from a select number of representatives will discuss national approaches to common issues: the roles of 2nd and 3rd tier air forces in the world; maintaining interoperability with US air forces; common ideas about the relative utility of aerospace power for international influence and national autonomy; force structure challenges; fiscal environments and equipment demands; personnel and training issues. Invited speakers include representatives of the Air Forces of the United Kingdom, France, Russia, India, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Keynote speaker: General T. Michael Moseley,
Vice Chief of Staff, USAF and former Air Component Commander for Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

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