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One year of Strong, Secure, Engaged: a status report on concurrent operations

By Woodland_Caribou,_Newfoundland      

For large operations, if we set aside the NATO mission, Canada has fallen well short in implementation of its new defence policy.

Canadian Armed Forces are in Latvia, as part of a NATO-led mission, to train the country's soldiers, pictured here. Photograph by Corporal Jean-Roch Chabot, courtesy of National Defence

In Strong Secure, Engaged (SSE), the government’s new defence policy, it committed to ensuring the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is prepared to carry out a range of operations simultaneously, including those to defend Canada, meet obligations under the North American Aerospace Defense Command, fulfill NATO commitments under article five, and contribute to international peace and security. In the latter category, the policy specifies a range of deployments, including: two large (500 to 1500 personnel) sustained; one large time-limited (six to nine months); two small (100 to 500 personnel) sustained; and, two small time-limited. One year after the policy’s release, what is the status of the concurrent operations commitment?

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