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 

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The theme for our 2019 conference is 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 program includes a brief look back at adaptation during the evolving and uncertain opening months of famous campaigns of the past before focusing in today’s military realities, including close-ups on Eastern Europe, Africa, and new trends in peace-support missions.

Featured panelists include:

  • Dr. Tracey German, Defence Studies Department at King’s College London
  • Lieutenant-General Michael Rouleau, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command
  • Dr. George Lucas, US Naval Academy and US Naval Post-Graduate School
  • Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes, Immediate Past CCJOC
  • Dr. Alistair Edgar, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Lieutenant-General (Retired) D. Michael Day, Former Chief of Force Development
  • Dr. Noel Anderson, University of Toronto
  • Major-General Stephen Cadden, Commander, Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre HQ

Proceedings commence at 0830 both days. The full program will be available to download on this site the day before the conference begins.

Annual Gregg Centre - Combat Training Centre Conference

Since 1971, the Gregg Centre and the Canadian Army’s Combat Training Centre (CTC) have partnered on an annual conference that brings together instructor staff from the CTC 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.

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