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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    In Volume 19.1 of the Canadian Army Journal, Lt Col Cole F. Peterson lays out his argument for an asymmetrical Brigade structure for Force 2025. It contains lots of detail and discussion of how his proposal would work and meet the SSE requirements of the Government. The basic force structure...
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    Best Base/Training Area for Tanks/Combined Arms

    Air Defence Artillery Counter Battery EW
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    Replacing the Subs

    a) What international credibility? b) Let's face it. 8-10 nuclear subs are clearly NOT on the table. We need to look at other options.
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    Replacing the Subs

    Not as an alternative to replacing the Victorias, but perhaps investing in a fleet of XLUUVs could help offset the fact that we can't afford as large a fleet of subs as we would like. Combine a small-ish fleet of 4-6 SSKs with a sensor net of XLUUVs and USV's and maybe some additional MPA's and...
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    Replacing the Subs

    You are of course assuming that if we decided instead to purchase a German/Swedish/Japanese/Other SSK we wouldn't do exactly the same thing with their design...Canadianizing it and changing out everything from the electrical systems to fire control, weapons, etc. I have no idea how far along...
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    Replacing the Subs

    What if we were to take over the Shortfin Barracuda contract from Australia. It's a program that is already underway with a portion of the engineering and design costs already invested. My understanding is that the Aussie version was using American weapons & systems like we would likely want...
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    Best Base/Training Area for Tanks/Combined Arms

    Going to throw this out there as a possible model of how the Armoured could look in a Force 2025 scenario. This assumes we go to a 2 Division Model with 3 Div in the West (1 Brigade, a Reserve 3 Brigade from Ontario less Petawawa and an Artillery Brigade) and 2 Division in the East (2 Brigade...
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    Best Base/Training Area for Tanks/Combined Arms

    I want to make a HUGE clarification to my position. I am NOT in favour of going to an all Light force: I most definitely and strongly believe that we need to maintain a heavy capability. We may disagree as to where it might be most likely to be used, but we probably both agree that it could...
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    Best Base/Training Area for Tanks/Combined Arms

    I think the confusion partially comes from a single minded focus on tanks and their role in Maneuver warfare in open terrain. The proliferation of ATGMs, precision guided munitions, UAVs and loitering munitions, etc. does raise some questions about the survivability of tanks moving in open...
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    Best Base/Training Area for Tanks/Combined Arms

    I think these mental exercises are extremely valuable as well. One of the things I enjoy most about this site is that ideas can be thrown out for discussion...even if they are not yet fully formed...and you get thoughtful, reasoned feedback from people with a wide range of experiences and...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Curious...is there some kind of logical/technical cut-off point between where a counter UAV/VSHORAD system could be integrated directly into an infantry battalion/armoured squadron and when it needs to be split off into a dedicated AD Battery? Does it depend on range bands for aerospace...
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    XM204 Top Attack Muntion

    The US Army is trialing the XM204 interim wide area top attack munition. Essentially it's a suitcase sized smart landmine that appears to detects approaching armoured vehicles using sound and seismic sensors then launches a a top attack munition when the target is in range. Would be very...
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    Best Base/Training Area for Tanks/Combined Arms

    In the absence of major changes to the legislation regarding Reserve service I'm not sure what this achieves. Currently 1 CMBG has the following 100% Reg Force combat elements supposedly available to deploy without calling up the Reserves (individual augmentation requirements conveniently...
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    Australian navy's hunt for new sub to replace Collins class

    If you could dare to dream.... ...purchase 8 of our own (4 for each coast) and make agreements with the USN that we can base them in Kitsap, Washington and New London, Connecticut alongside their own fleets (and contract ashore support from them as well).
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    Best Base/Training Area for Tanks/Combined Arms

    Several people have suggested that Suffield is the best training area for tanks. What kind of facilities are available at Suffield? Some have suggested that the "Heavy" elements of the Army (like tanks) would be well suited to the Reserves as they are for the most part mainly required in the...
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