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Editor’s Corner

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Well, summer is here again, and so are we, with what we hope will be a stimulating, informative and entertaining issue.

As usual, we have a veritable potpourri of goodies for your summer reading. We lead with a thought-provoking piece by West Coast lawyer and naval reservist Michael Lawless. Mike reviews Canada’s proud record of service with the NATO Alliance, but also opines that Canada needs to re-invest aggressively “in security and defence structures that can serve both national and Alliance interests,” or risk being marginalized in terms of influence-wielding capabilities amongst the world’s middle powers. Next up is yet another sailor, Lieutenant-Commander Ted Parkinson, who suggests that Canadian policymakers have depended for too long upon foreign-derived intelligence material, and perhaps the time and conditions are now ripe for Canada to assert its sovereign responsibilities in this area of endeavour.

As a mini-theme this time out, we offer a trilogy of short articles dedicated to modern warfare and technological development. In our post-9/11 world, the relationship between technology and warfare in the global culture has become increasingly important for governments and their armed forces to grasp. Traditional means and methods of industrialized warfare, the goals and the purposes of conflict – as well as strategies and tactics – have changed as a consequence of the ways in which society has been transformed by new forms of technology. The hard-earned lessons of 20th Century warfare and the Cold War may no longer apply to the political, social and economic systems within which conflicts are now most likely to occur. The War Studies Program of the Royal Military College of Canada recently offered an extension course in Modern Warfare and Technological Development in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The articles were written in partial satisfaction of course requirements, and were first presented to the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba in the spring of 2005. While some of the conclusions drawn in the latter two articles, written by course members, may appear to some of our readership as somewhat simplistic, they serve as grist to rethink some of the basic assumptions about the nature of present-day warfare. They also imply we need to consider alternatives to developing and deploying the Canadian Forces (CF) that are best suited to Canadian defence and foreign policies.

Next, Major Brad Coates makes a case for a method of Alternate Dispute Resolution in the Canadian Forces, a process that offers universal applications and benefits. He is followed by scholars Tim Mau and Alexander Wooley, who propose a new integrative model for assessing military leadership. This initiative is a response to a recently articulated CF objective to develop decisive leaders as a subset of fostering enhanced leadership and professional development throughout Canada’s armed forces.

Then, Major Les Mader, an artillery officer, proposes a way ahead for Canada’s Defence Policy Statement (DPS) of April 2005, which articulated the requirement for a Standing Contingency Task Force (SCTF) of air, land and maritime forces, to be made available for expeditionary operational deployment upon 10 days’ notice.

In our historical section, Major-General Daniel Gosselin reviews Canada’s participation in the South African War and the Great War from the vantage point of Canada increasingly exercising national command over the nation’s deployed armed forces, arguing that this was “an important contributing element for expressing national autonomy”. On his heels, Major Michael Boire provides a refreshing new perspective on Louis-Joseph, the Marquis de Montcalm, and his role in the defence of Québec in September 1759.

We then close with a clutch of book reviews and opinion pieces, including commentary, this time out on the subject of peacekeeping, by our very own Martin Shadwick.

Thanks to a lot of hard work and creative thinking by some of our “best and brightest” at the Canadian Defence Academy, notably Isabelle Riché, Sherri Dafoe, Luc Potvin and Rod Babiuk, we are pleased to offer soon a CMJ Finder’s Index to our website in both official languages. The Index will provide a chronological catalogue of all articles published in the Journal since its inception in 2000, compiled under major subject headings, which are then listed in alphabetical order. It will also provide an index of all published book reviews, catalogued under the author’s last name, and listed in alphabetical order. Furthermore, all columns, commentaries, views and opinion pieces will be categorized by type and then presented in the chronological order they were published. In all cases, the titles of the specific contributions will be hyperlinked to the contributions themselves, and working from this established baseline, the Index will be updated routinely by our editorial staff and our webmaster.

Enjoy the summer, and enjoy the issue.

David L. Bashow

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