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Welcome to our frosty winter edition of the Canadian Military Journal. And it being winter in the Great White North, what could be more appropriate for your reading enjoyment than a four-article emphasis section dealing with Canadian Arctic issues entitled The Great White North? First, however, we lead this issue with a thought provoking article by Daniel Gosselin and Craig Stone that compares and contrasts former Defence Minister Paul Hellyer’s strategy for the unification of the Canadian Forces in the 1960s with the present Canadian Forces transformation process. The authors also highlight the lessons learned from the Hellyer experience, and suggest how those lessons can best be applied to the present situation.

On to our mini-theme... Doctor Rob Huebert from the University of Calgary leads off with some intriguing questions with respect to Canadian Arctic sovereignty, the issues and the threats, and he emphasizes the need for Canada to commit enthusiastically to improving its security in the region. Next, the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Branch’s Guy Killaby cautions that Canada is about to face new challenges to the nation’s historic claims of Arctic sovereignty. Doctoral student Andrea Charron then homes in on both the Canadian and the American legal positions with respect to the Northwest Passage, and Doctor P. Whitney Lackenbauer from the University of Waterloo concludes this section with a celebration of the accomplishments of the Canadian Rangers, and their contribution to Canadian Arctic security.

Economists Naceur Essaddam, Christopher Bucar and Richard Groves then develop a case for embracing financial hedging techniques within the Department of National Defence. They introduce the concept of foreign exchange risk management and propose a concomitant implementation strategy for Canada’s military forces. Paul Taillon, a distinguished academic and a senior Army reserve force officer, brings to the fore some issues that are likely to influence the evolution of Canadian Special Operations Forces (SOF), highlighting our relatively-limited experience in this area, pointing out the need to hoist on board the past experiences of others, and then suggesting an aggressive pursuit of appropriate and relevant courses to develop and expand our own national SOF capabilities. Greg Matte, a fighter pilot who can write (hey, I can say that...), then tackles the human dimension of current air operations, and he offers suggestions as to how aircrew interoperability can best be achieved, sustained and improved in today’s coalition warfare scenarios.

In our historical section, we are honoured to have Doctor Desmond Morton grace our pages with a look back in time at the problems facing the 86th (Trois Rivières) Regiment of the militia at the outset of the First World War, and the lessons that experience can provide for today’s Canadian society. Next, Doctor David Bennett explores the heroic and pivotal role played by two Canadian Army engineering companies during the ill-fated Operation Market Garden evacuation from Arnhem in the Netherlands in September 1944.

This time out, we have a brace of interesting views and opinions from two distinguished scholars for your consideration, as well as another stimulating Martin Shadwick commentary. We then close, as is our custom, with a number of book reviews that hopefully will help influence how you while away the hours during these long winter nights.

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Enjoy the winter. Soon enough, it will be time to clean the yard up after the dog and to mow the lawn...

David L. Bashow

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