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A Friendly Agreement in Advance: Canada-US Defense Relations Past, Present, and Future popular

The author of this article, J.L. Granatstein, argues that Canada has no choice but to support the United States in an expanded anti-terrorism war, as well as in a National Missile Defense (NMD) scheme proposed by the Bush Administration. Granatstein explains that the two countries have been linked in defense for over 60 years, and that, as such, Canada’s refusal to participate in joint defence programs would inevitably carry real costs. Considering that the US will defend itself regardless of Canada’s position, Granatstein asserts that Canada must participate in defence programs – if only to protect its sovereignty. Granatstein suggests that by participating, Canada can maintain its seat at the defence table, which should, in turn, strengthen Canada’s bargaining position on trade issues.

Four US Military Commands: NORTHCOM, NORAD, SPACECOM, STRATCOM -- The Canadian Opportunity

This short, unrefereed working paper written by Joseph T. Jockel is primarily concerned with the development of NORTHCOM (the United States Northern Command, in charge of homeland security) in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Let's Not Go Ballistic: The case against Canadian participation in the U.S. missile defence system

Bill Robinson’s report comes at a time when the Canadian government must decide whether or not to participate in the US Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System. Robinson argues that, while Prime Minister Martin has raised several issues concerning Canada’s involvement, he has failed to address many others.