Cultivating Professionalism: Training and Mentoring Local Security Forces From the Second World War to Afghanistan

SECURITY SECTOR REFORM is known to experts as a key to post-conflict rebuilding and to NATO's mission in Afghanistan. Military personnel serving in OPERATIONAL MENTORING AND LIAISON TEAMS (OMLTs) alongside Afghan forces make up an ever increasing portion of Canada's mission in Kandahar. This year's conference explores the historic roots of such training missions as well as the most recent experience and lessons from the field.

 

Featuring:

Major-General Dennis Tabbernor, Canadian Forces Shief of Reserves and former Deputy Commanding General for Afghan National Army Development with Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan.

Dr. James Willbanks, US Army Command and General Staff College and author of "Abandoning Vietnam: How America Left and South Vietnam Lost its War"

 

 

Conference Program

 

Thursday 6 November

18:00 - Happy Hour in James Joyce Irish Pub, Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel

 

Friday 7 November

07:45-08:30 - Transportation from accommodations

 

08:30 - Opening Remarks B Dr. Lee Windsor, LCol Roger Cotton

 

08:45-09:45 B Keynote Address B The View From Kabul

Major General Dennis Tabbernor, Canadian Forces Chief of Reserves, Former Deputy Commanding General for Afghan National Army Development with Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan

 

09:45-10:00 B Break

10:00-11:00 - Panel 1 B Training and Liaison Teams in and around the Second World War

Finish One War and Stop Another:  British Liaison Teams with the Royal Italian Army, Dr. Lee Windsor (Gregg Centre)

The British Palestinian Police:  Example of how not to do it!, Professor David Charters (Gregg Centre)

 

11:00 -11:15 B Break

 

11:15-12:30 B Panel 2 B Africa

Canada's Commitment to Post Colonial Africa, LCol Chris Kilford (Queens University)

UNTAG in Nambia, Dr Grant Dawson (Carleton University)

12:00-13:00 B Luncheon

13:00-14:15 B Panel 3 B Building Naval Forces 

Iraqi Riverine Patrol Service, Mr. David Mulridge, (RN Ret'd) (Dalhousie University)                    

Transforming Albania's Maritime Forces: Capacity Building for Non-Traditional Challenges, Dr. Stanley Weeks, Capt USN (Retd), (The Spectrum Group) 

14:15-14:30 B Break

14:30-15:45 B Panel 4 B Royal Canadian Mounted Police Peace Operations 

20 Years of RCMP Peace Operations, Assistant Commissioner (Ret'd) Peter Miller (Pearson Peackeeping Centre)

RCMP Peace Operations Branch Today and in the Future, Superintendent Doug Coates (RCMP)

Saturday 8 November

07:45-08:15 - Transportation from accommodations

 

08:30-09:30 B Keynote Address B The Vietnam Experience

Dr. James Willbanks, US Army Command and General Staff College and author of Abandoning Vietnam: How America Left and South Vietnam Lost its War

 

09:30-09:45 B Break

09:45-11:00 B Panel 5 B Iraq and Afghanistan and the Wider Context

US Embedded Training Teams with the Iraqi Army, Maj Scott Shaw (US Army Command and Staff College)

The Security Governance Nexus in Kabul , Col Mike Capstick (CF Ret'd)

11:00- 11:15 - Break

11:15-12:30 B Panel B 6 B Canada's Early Efforts with the Afghan National Army

2/1/205 and the TF 1-07 OMLT, Model for Success, Major James Price (DCO 1 RCR)

Training on the Fly, 3/1/205 Kandak in Ghorak, Capt Chris Blencowe (Hotel Coy, 2RCR)

12:30 -13:00 B Luncheon

13:00 -14:45 B Panel 7 B The Evolution of Afghan National Security Forces in Kandahar

Expanding OMLTs and Building POMLTs, TF 3-07, Maj Francois Caron (Infantry School)

RCMP Police Building in Kandahar, Superintendent Paul Young, (RCMP Afghanistan Program Manager)

Latest Status of Afghan Security Forces in Kandahar, Col Jean-Francois Riffou (OMLT Commander TF-108)

14:45-15:00 B Break

 

15:00 - 15:30 B Round Table Wrap Up Discussion on the Way Ahead

 

15:45  B Transportation to accommodations

 

16:30 B Informal ‘Post-Op Review' Social