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The Canadian Forces and the Doctrine of Interoperability: The Issues

Research Report by Danford Middlemiss, Denis Stairs

This article by Danford Middlemiss and Denis Stairs explores the Canada-US defence relationship in light of calls for greater cooperation and interoperability following the events of September 11, 2001 and other recent catalysts, including developments leading to the war in Afghanistan. Middlemiss puts the concept of interoperability into historical context, suggesting that the path towards greater integration is not a newfound phenomenon but, in actuality, “long precedes the dramatic horrors of September 11th.” Instead, the author argues, recent events have led to an intensification of interoperability and a broadening of the term’s implications, both military and political. Middlemiss contends that furthering interoperability is an easy decision to take, as it “maximizes military returns and minimizes combat risk. And at the most mundane level, it makes the best of a bad budget.” It does raise certain questions, however, such as whether or not Canada will be able to maintain its standing as an independent interlocutor with European states.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Danford Middlemiss; Denis Stairs;
Publisher: Institute for Research on Public Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2002; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International; National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Military & Defence / National Security
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Policy Articles / Military & Defence
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD)
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / National Security / 2002
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) / 2002
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) / 2002


Keywords / Tags:

interoperability; Afghanistan; historical context; integration; September 11; implications; military; political; returns; combat; risk; budget; independence;