The Gregg Centre-Combat Training Centre
Annual Fall Conference, 2010
The All Arms Combat Team: Canadian Combined Operations from Courcelette to Kandahar
Wu Conference Centre, 6 Duffie Drive
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton Campus
28-29 September 2010
The modern all arms force is a product of 20th Century conventional war. The First and Second World Wars produced the tools, organization, doctrine and training models for employing unified infantry, artillery, armoured, and engineer teams tied closely with air forces. This concept of land operations survived the Cold War and remains the basis for organizing land forces today.
- This conference will consider whether the all arms combat team remains the best land force tool kit in the 21st Century.
- How has the combat team model performed in battle and on other missions including aid to civil power, peace-support, and counter-insurgency?
- Are there are timeless principles that still make the all arms team relevant for both modern conventional war and other types of missions in the conflict spectrum?
- Is training soldiers for combat team operations the best way to prepare for an uncertain future?
Tentative Program - Subject to Change
Day 1 - The Twentieth Century
0815 - 0845 Registration
0845- 0900 Introductory Remarks and Welcome by Professor Marc Milner, Director, The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society
0900 - 1000 Keynote Address - Combined Arms in Normandy: Operation Spring, Professor Terry Copp, Professor Emeritus, Wilfrid Laurier University
1000 - 1015 Break
1015 - 1145 Panel 1 - The Great War: The Tools All Emerge
Building a Better Corps: Canadian Combined Arms Warfare, from Courcelette to Vimy Ridge, Dr. David Campbell, University of Calgary
The Canadian Corps and Open Warfare, 1918, Professor Brent Wilson, The Gregg Centre
11:45 - 12:45 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30 Panel 2 - The Second World War
Balancing the All Arms Formula: The Canadians in Italy, 1943-45, Dr. Lee Windsor, The Gregg Centre
No Ambush, No Defeat: The North Nova Battlegroup and the Advance to Carpiquet, 7 June 1944, Professor Marc Milner, The Gregg Centre
14:30 - 14:45 Break
14:45 - 16:15 Panel 3 - Post War
You Broke It - You Fix It! The Canadian Army in Germany, 1945-1946, Major William March, Canadian Forces Areospace Warfare Centre
Military Problem Solving in the Cold War: An Examination of Canadian Combined Arms Doctrine and Experimentation, Major Andrew Godefroy, PhD Directorate of Land Concepts and Designs
16:30 - 17:00 Closing Plenary Session
"Applying Canadian Combined Arms in the 1990s: Keeping the Peace at Home and Abroad", Professor David Charters, The Gregg Centre
Day 2 - The 21st Century
08:30- 09:30 Keynote Address - The Combat Training Centre in 2010, Colonel Jim Simms, Commander Combat Training Centre
09:30 - 10:30 All Arms in Today's War: 2005 - 2007, Colonel Omer Lavoie
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:30 - 11:30 All Arms in Today's War: 2008 - 2009, Lieutenant Colonel J.S. Shipley
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 13:20 "Training for Today and Tomorrow, Part I"
Infantry School - OC A Company, Major Charles Bolduc
Artillery School - Chief Instructor, Major Jeff Schamehorn
Armoured School - Chief Standards Tactics School, Major Steve Wilson
13:30 - 14:45 "Training for Today and Tomorrow Part II"
CF School of Military Engineering - Senior Instructor, Tactics, Major Nathan Packer
Tactics School - Lieutenant Colonel Martin Lipcsey, Comandant
14:45 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 16:00 Closing Session - Preparing Tomorrow's Commanders, Colonel Jamie Cade, Commandant, Canadian Land Force Command and General Staff College
Please consider joining The Gregg Centre for the 2010 Annual conference. Contact Dr. Lee Windsor for more information.