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By Lt.-Col Stephen J. Day

In under twenty years, Canadian unique Operations Forces (CANSOF) grew from a 100-man hostage-rescue unit to a 2,500-person Command able to prosecuting missions around the distinct operations spectrum. The seminal occasion inflicting this alteration is tested inside this monograph. the typical narrative explaining the increase of Canadian certain Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) states that Sep 11 is the seminal occasion. Herein, a brand new narrative is proposed. person who posits the 2001-02 deployment of a 40-man CANSOF job strength to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is the seminal occasion. This activity Force's disproportionately confident influence at the Canadian nationwide scene triggered key nationwide actors to bear in mind the strategic application of distinct operations forces. Twenty-four interviews with defence and safeguard material specialists from the political, federal public carrier, army and educational domain names, in addition to top Canadian nationwide newshounds supply unique...

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All of whom provided invaluable assistance, feedback and perspectives as I reworked the various drafts over the preceding months. Lastly, I thank my wife Nicola and our daughter Ella for their understanding and support as we continue to live the interesting and exciting life of a Canadian military family. ” The silence was broken as the troop commander keyed his sabre radio. ” “21 this is 29er. ” The captain and his warrant officer exchanged a confirmatory glance. “21 ack, … All call-signs I have control … stand-by … stand-by … GO!

It is important that the latter should be able to rely upon the timely assistance from the Forces. ”{46} Therefore, the conclusion is clear. The CAF’s role is deemed critical to defeat homegrown asymmetrical threats. {47} National Security Architecture - The Cold War Years In fairness to the national leadership of the 60s, 70s and 80s, it is obvious within the documentation that various governments acknowledge the changes occurring within their respective security environments. A trend line concerning asymmetrical threat awareness is discernible and in response organizational changes occur within the wider national security architecture.

As a result, in less than a decade CANSOF transitions from a single, domestically focused, national counter-terrorism task force to where today CANSOFCOM is employed as a distinct element of national military power. This transformation from a single strategic resource to a strategically relevant, ‘hard power’ option currently provides the GoC with greater strategic choice when she looks to deploy military forces alongside her allies. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I am deeply indebted to the many serving and retired Government of Canada officials, Department of National Defence personnel, and public personalities for their time, candour, and patience as I conducted the interviewing, research and writing on Canada’s contemporary special operations capability.

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