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Editor’s Corner

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Welcome to the Summer 2007 edition of the Canadian Military Journal. This time out, we have assembled a rather eclectic mix of subjects to whet your reading appetite. However, before we get there, readers will note that our newly instituted Valour column is rather full in this edition. Through their courage, fortitude, and professionalism, our soldiers are adding new pages to Canada’s proud, frequently marginalized military history. We salute them all.

We kick-start the issue with a probing analysis of Canada’s Arctic maritime security from University of Calgary sovereignty specialist Doctor Rob Huebert. Rob takes a fresh look at Canada’s current interests in the region, and what they mean specifically for the Canadian Navy. Next, Stuart White of the University of Alberta charts mankind’s various attempts to restrain war over the ages, closing with some sobering thoughts as to where he believes we are at present on this subject. Stuart is followed by Peter Armstrong-Whitworth, a specialist with respect to the UN’s multinational Standby High Readiness Brigade (SHIRBRIG). Peter traces the origins of SHIRBRIG, its importance to the UN, and then homes in on the ramifications for Canada playing a lead role within the brigade.

Andrew Gale and Wayne Pickering then review the issue of force protection, particularly within the Canadian Forces (CF), offering that evolving policies, our own recent operational experience, and that of our allies are all combining to help define and shape Canada’s current force protection requirements. Next, the Principal of the Royal Military College of Canada, John Scott Cowan, provides an interesting historical analogy between the long war conducted against piracy during the 18th and 19th Centuries, and the current war against terrorism. He opines that the lessons learned from the earlier war may well be applicable today. Closing with a brace of historical articles, Adam Lajeunesse revisits the Cold War’s Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line, and offers that the Canadian government’s primary aim with respect to this defence initiative was to maximize the perception of Canada’s control and influence in the far north. Doctoral student of history Gregory Liedtke then takes a fresh look at Canadian operations in Normandy during the summer of 1944, suggesting that German forces in the region were considerably stronger, more numerous, and generally more effective than many accounts have previously portrayed them as being.

The articles are followed by several stimulating and diverse opinion pieces, a brace of book review essays, a “whole hockey sock full” of book reviews for your consideration, a Special Report on the 90th anniversary re-commemoration ceremonies conducted at the Vimy Memorial in April, and, of course, commentary by our own Martin Shadwick. This time out, Martin tackles naval issues, and speculates as to what Canada’s future navy could, or should, entail. 

Enjoy the summer. The days are already getting shorter.

David L. Bashow

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DND photo TN2007-0518–3 by Corporall Tom Parker,
8 Wing Imaging Section

Canada’s first CC-177 arrives at its new home at 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Trenton 12 August 2007, for operations with 429 Squadron.