9/11 and Canadian Special Operations Forces. How '40 by Lt.-Col Stephen J. Day

By Lt.-Col Stephen J. Day

In lower than twenty years, Canadian particular Operations Forces (CANSOF) grew from a 100-man hostage-rescue unit to a 2,500-person Command able to prosecuting missions around the targeted operations spectrum. The seminal occasion inflicting this change is tested inside this monograph. the typical narrative explaining the increase of Canadian distinctive Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) states that September 11 is the seminal occasion. Herein, a brand new narrative is proposed. one who posits the 2001-02 deployment of a 40-man CANSOF activity strength to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is the seminal occasion. This activity Force's disproportionately confident impression at the Canadian nationwide scene prompted key nationwide actors to take into account the strategic application of specified operations forces. Twenty-four interviews with defence and protection subject material specialists from the political, federal public provider, army and educational domain names, in addition to best Canadian nationwide newshounds offer unique...

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Therefore, 9/11 does not in-and-of-itself create CANSOF strategic relevance, but it does play a significant role. 9/11 creates the necessary change momentum which various leaders can build upon. ”{70} Thus, CANSOF is operating on the leading edge of two new GoC focus areas. The first is a focus on whole-of-government approaches to national security. The second is the inversion of primary missions for the CAF. {71} Taken from a different perspective, it is logical that national leaders during the Cold War years place their weight of effort in favour of GPF for operating in a symmetrical security environment.

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! GO! {2} Assessments of risk to mission, men or self were made within milliseconds of encountering an ‘unknown’; life or death thus determined, the assaulters flowed through the target. “29, this is 21. ” The Capture-Kill mission was a success; the high-value target was taken alive. The lights came up on the close-quarter battle range. Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister (PM) and the Minister of National Defence (MND) took several moments to reflect upon and discuss what they had just witnessed.

9/11 is the forcing function that clarifies the symbiotic relationship between national defence and internal security, and thus a new paradigm is born. {67} But this paradigm shift, appearing to be a direct result of 9/11, is in fact the culmination of a 40+ year trend. This trend shows a consistent recalibration of the national threat appreciation as a result of a transforming national security environment. ”{68} The paradigm shift is also formal recognition that the previous lack of a national security strategy created gaps and seams between the defence and security establishments.

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