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Welcome again to yet another frosty Winter edition of the Journal. While this time out we feature at least one article with polar themes, and have included photos of AWACS flying over frigid mountain peaks, much of the content for this issue, both present and historically speaking, is situated in warmer climes. Just trying to stave off the season’s chill here in the Great White North...

Discerning readers will note the absence of a Valour column in this edition. However, that is simply because no military valour decoration announcements have been promulgated since the last issue. Here at CMJ, we remain committed to acknowledging the combat valour of our soldiers, sailors, and airmen, and we shall continue to do so whenever such announcements are made public.

Leading the charge this time out is the University of Alberta’s Doctor Scot Robertson with the first of a two-part article addressing the future of aerospace power and the Canadian Air Force’s application of it. Stay tuned for Scot’s exciting conclusion in the Spring edition.

Next, exoatmospherically speaking, Doctor Paul Mitchell of the Canadian Forces College takes us into deep space with a fresh look at the Bush administration’s updated (2006) US space policy in the context of the international environment. Paul maintains that, with respect to international cooperation and arms control, this new policy has “...moved the markers considerably from its predecessor [the 10-year-old Clinton administration policy.] More than anything else, these changes point to new attitudes on the nature of the shifts in the international environment since the end of the Cold War.” Moving along with the aerospace theme, Colonel (ret’d) Pat Dennis, a highly experienced aerospace controller, analyzes the pivotal role that NATO’s Airborne Early Warning Force has played, and continues to play, in its relatively new role as a collective security and crisis management tool during out-of-area operations.

Moving from deeper space to inner spaces, Colonel Bernd Horn, a distinguished academic and soldier, graces our pages yet again with an interesting, informative, and balanced look at military elites, how they have fared historically, and what they bring to the contemporary environment. Next, Commander Ian Wood, a sailor and former senior analyst involved with Force Development at National Defence Headquarters, examines the timely issue of coalition warfare command, offering a possible methodology for the assessment of competence and capabilities of coalition force contributions by designated commanders of such forces during the pivotal pre-deployment period.

As a bridging article to our historical section, Doctor Pierre Pahlavi of the Canadian Forces College examines how French counter-revolutionary warfare in Algeria developed during the middle of the 20th Century, how it was implemented, its relative successes, and the ramifications of those achievements – which proved to be profound for the French army. He is followed by Doctor Ian Gooderson’s analysis of the Canadian urban battle experience at Ortona, Italy at the end of 1943. This was a hard-fought victory, characterized by Canadian innovativeness, improvisation, and exploitation of personal weapons and supporting arms under arduous and largely unforeseen circumstances. Further, the experience provided valuable lessons for the bitter urban battles that would occur in northwest Europe the following year. Rounding out the historical section is an intriguing look at the planned purchase of 10 to 12 nuclear-powered attack submarines for the Canadian Navy by the Mulroney Progressive Conservative government in 1987. While the plan died on the balance sheet at the end of the Cold War, “what might have been” represented a fundamental shift from a national Atlantic-alliance-oriented foreign policy, to much more emphasis being placed upon the maintenance of national sovereignty, including the concept of a Three Ocean Navy.

We then offer opinion pieces by Major-General Daniel Gosselin, Commander of the Canadian Defence Academy, on navigating the waves of change that the Canadian Forces currently face, and by Lieutenant-Colonel Rob McIlroy, on creating a strategic think tank at the Canadian Forces College in order to provide the CF with an enhanced strategic planning resource. They are followed by a recent assessment of Canada’s maritime domestic security by Captain (N) Peter Avis as we approach the hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympics, and some new opinions on the way ahead for Canada’s armed forces and special operations by Major Eric Dion. Our own Martin Shadwick then offers some thoughts on the future of the Aurora surveillance aircraft, including a cursory look at possible replacements in the years to come.

As always, we close with a number of book reviews that we hope will pique your interest.

Until spring.

David L. Bashow
Canadian Military Journal

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