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By Lt.-Col Stephen J. Day

In below 20 years, Canadian unique Operations Forces (CANSOF) grew from a 100-man hostage-rescue unit to a 2,500-person Command in a position to prosecuting missions around the targeted operations spectrum. The seminal occasion inflicting this alteration is tested inside this monograph. the typical narrative explaining the increase of Canadian unique 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 job strength to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is the seminal occasion. This job Force's disproportionately optimistic impression at the Canadian nationwide scene triggered key nationwide actors to take into account the strategic software of precise operations forces. Twenty-four interviews with defence and safeguard material specialists from the political, federal public carrier, army and educational domain names, in addition to major Canadian nationwide newshounds supply unique...

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One causing Canadian national leaders to appreciate that SOF provides a tangible ‘hard power’ option; with high strategic payoff and relatively low political and military risk. As a direct result, CANSOF’s strategic relevance grows. e. with people and funding), operationally viable. It consists of two mutually supporting and linked concepts due to the finite resource allotments for national security. The first element is the resourcing requirement which demands cost-effectiveness; the so-called ‘bang for your buck’.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I am deeply indebted to the many serving and retired Government of Canada officials, Department of National Defence personnel, and public personalities for their time, candour, and patience as I conducted the interviewing, research and writing on Canada’s contemporary special operations capability. Without their input and full support, this monograph in its present form and structure simply would not have been possible. Among the many Canadians who assisted me throughout I wish to specifically mention Colonel Bernd Horn, PhD of the Canadian Defence Academy for his insight and guidance as I attempted to produce a singular paper for multiple audiences.

65} This is inferred to mean the maintenance of combat-capable GPF for expeditionary, symmetrical conflicts. However, when studying those same defence policies from the viewpoint of an experienced CANSOF senior officer, a different perspective emerges. ”{66} This is a direct expression that the CAF has an explicit task to conduct ‘national tasks’, and as already explained, this infers within an asymmetrical environment. However, despite re-confirming this national task-set in every policy statement, the GoC is not explicit about what is expected in terms of CAF operational outputs until 2005.

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