Roto 0: Adapting to the Next Canadian Army Mission

The 2019 Annual Conference of the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society and the Canadian Army Combat Training Centre.


Feb. 6-7, 2019
Wu Conference Centre
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada 

Roto 0 conferenceThe theme for our 2019 conference focuses on the Canadian Army’s immediate and near future.  The nature of warfare, threats, and operating environments are evolving rapidly. While Western armed forces develop new technologies, capabilities, and doctrine for the future battlefield, members of today’s Canadian and allied armed forces must stand ready to meet any demand using the people, equipment, and doctrine available at hand. This conference will explore how new missions involve compromise and innovation to assess the ground reality and then adapt the available force to the task.  This year’s conference will include a decision-making exercise. Participants will have the opportunity to add their voice and experience regarding best practices and challenges when adapting to new missions. 

This annual conference brings together instructor staff from the Canadian Army’s Combat Training Centre combat arms and combat service support schools, Base Gagetown lodger units, 5 Division reservists, police, civilian practitioners, academics and students to discuss issues that matter to Canadian Army readiness and national security. The CTC delivers training for commissioned and non-commissioned members at the junior and mid-levels, making this conference an excellent opportunity to disseminate ideas, and promote discussion and intellectual readiness across the entire Canadian Army community. Selected papers may be published. The Gregg Centre and the Combat Training Centre invite scholars and practitioners to submit paper or panel proposals for our annual conference. 

Paper proposals and a short curriculum vitae must be submitted no later than 29 July 2018. Inquiries and proposals should be sent to the Gregg Centre-CTC Conference Committee c/o Prof. Lee Windsor.

Topics this year include but are not limited to:

  • Potential new missions and operating environments
  • Command and leadership flexibility
  • Plugging into Allied formations
  • The evolving challenge of international terrorism
  • New trends in stability operations
  • Balancing conventional and special operations forces
  • Applying doctrine and training flexibility based on mission realities
  • Translation of national interest and strategic intent on operational plans and tactical activity
  • Recent experience standing up new missions
  • The role of SOF in theatre-shaping
  • The bridge between corps and theatre-mission specific training
  • Acquiring knowledge and intelligence of the new space and opponent
  • Adapting in theatre to emerging technologies

Annual Gregg Centre - Combat Training Centre Conference

This event brings Canadian Forces personnel, academics, officials from partnered government departments, NGOs, students and the general public together in one forum to discuss defence matters of import to the nation. Our unique emphasis falls on how national and international policy relates to soldiers deployed on active operations. The event is co-organized with the CTC's Tactics School.

Key participants include instructor cadre from corps and branch schools at CFB Gagetown's Combat Training Centre making this event a vehicle for disseminating new research throughout the army. Members of other Canadian Forces elements and branches are encouraged to attend. The conference is also open to civilians, academics and students who wish to see inside today's Canadian Forces.

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