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  1. GR66

    Replacing the Subs

    Our compliant Canadian yards were unable to build the ships they are currently building prior to the investments provided by the shipbuilding strategy. With enough money poured into the hole we could create the capability to build submarines under license in Canada. Never underestimate the...
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    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    Personally I'd be in favour of an ASW Corvette to complement the CSCs. Ideally with the facilities to at least land and rearm/refuel the Cyclone (I don't have any real hope that we'll expand our MH fleet enough to actually have an air detachment on them) plus their own UAVs. Anti-surface...
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    Replacing the Subs

    It wouldn't shock me if the French were to offer us the opportunity to take over the Australian Shortfin Barracuda program. On paper the sub is a fairly good fit for us (US combat systems, etc.) and they could offer it at a reduced rate due to the amount of pre-work already done by the Aussies...
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    Defending Canadian Arctic Sovereignty

    That is the case now. But can we assume that there will never be questions? Quebec narrowly avoided a separation crisis by 1 percentage point and there is growing discontent with Confederation in the West. If either one of these regions left confederation and we begin to see greater foreign...
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    Defending Canadian Arctic Sovereignty

    I made this somewhat tongue in cheek comment in the Force 2025 thread in response to Kirkhill's suggestion for 47 x Reserve Infantry Platoons tasked to defend 47 x North Warning Sites in the Arctic. While I don't think that particular idea is particularly practical or necessary, I do believe...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    They are extremely unlikely to encounter either. What they could possibly face is incoming cruise missiles. Or even more likely swarming blackflies. The most effective "weapon" for infantry posted to northern radar sites would likely be DEET. Defending the North realistically is a role for...
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    It's a pretty vague statement from the original CBC article (Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF) but it states: "The sources, however, say the woman in question provided support to the NORAD command team and her performance evaluations had to be approved by both American and Canadian...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    You could envision an entirely different type of Light Infantry construct that what we are currently envisioning. Instead of simply transporting the traditional 9-10 person Section in something like a JLTV, ISV or Polaris Dagor and making use of the various guided handheld and/or RWS-mounted...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    I find these various UGVs (as well as small, tube launched UAVs/Loitering Munitions) very interesting and they possibly have some great potential uses in our future force. They are light and small compared to manned vehicles so well suited to an expeditionary Army like ours. They have good...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    I'm with you on the end goal we should be working toward, but I believe that there are simply too many obstacles to making this work in the Force 2025-2030 time frame. Changes to legislation, infrastructure, doctrine, procurement, training, culture, etc. all take time and I believe if you try...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    I've been re-reading a couple of these related threads and giving thought to various possible ways of reorganizing the Army and I'm going to suggest a contrarian opinion. FJAG (and others) have regularly pointed to the US National Guard as a example of how a Reserve force can be equipped in the...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    IF we were able to make the transition to a mounted CS element within the HQ Company similar to the Swedish Mech Battalion model (and dropping the Platoon Weapons Detachments by shifting the CarlG's and C6's down into the Infantry Sections) the PY cost of maintaining it with Reg Force personnel...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    If we're not currently manning our rifle companies at full establishment then why not pair each Reg Force company with a Reserve Regiment to round out the numbers that way?
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Here's a basic question which I think has a big influence on how we choose to structure the Reserves. Say we have a Reg Force Brigade which we deploy into a high-intensity conflict. As this Brigade begins to take loses are we going to use our Reserves to replace those loses and keep the...
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    Pistol duels.....oh yeah...waiting on pistols.... Aerial Dogfights??? Oh, waiting on new fighters.... 105mm Howitzer Duel? Can't find two working guns.... ATGM battle?.....uhhhhh.... Boot toss???.....errrrr....
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    For the Reserve Mech Brigade the Tank units are in the Prairies....the LAV infantry in population-rich Ontario. Keep a LAV company of spares in Wainwright so the Infantry elements can fly out for summer concentration and practice their Armour-Infantry coordination. The non-Armoured units from...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    With so few tanks available and no plans to purchase more on the books is it the best course of action to split them in half and geographically separate them? I'm tempted to think that we stick with the Swedish model for our Heavy-ish Mech Brigade. Three combined arms Battalions in...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Which is better, to have a fully supported and deployable Brigade structure that has depth for reinforcement and sustainability in a prolonged conflict or a Divisional structure which assumes you're going to empty the pantry in order to deploy it? If you were to shift two a two Brigade (1 x...
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    What happens if you don't? Edited to add: Seriously, isn't that how the CAF has arrived at this shyte-show? Tell an 18-year old Private that's been sexually assaulted by an OC "not to worry about it" because he's had a "talking to"??? You're OK that a CSM should "intimidate a Private" not...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    And is it the Government or the Army that stands in the way of it being implemented? We've already looked at the Swedish model to show how we could re-organize our "Heavy" brigade and create a Medium Cavalry/Recce-Strike Brigade while at the same time freeing up both LAVs and infantry PYs. We...
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