Canadian Armed Forces as Peace Keepers
The Canadian army sometimes gets overlooked when compared to its southern brother. While the United States of America has the worlds strongest military, a lot of its success comes from co-ordinating with militaries from countries around the world. One of USA’s strongest allies is the Canadian Armed Forces. Canada’s defence policy since World War II has been:
1. Defend itself
2. Defend North America in co-operation with US Forces
3. Contributing to broader international security
While the first two points above are somewhat obvious, the third sometimes gets overlooked. Canada has a broad range of internal peace keeping efforts. They have participated in Campaigns in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Canadian defence policy today has adapted to the need of society, and is now based on the Canada First Defence Strategy, introduced in 2008. Based on this strategy, the Canadian military is oriented and being equipped to carry out six core missions within Canada, in North America and globally. Specifically, the Canadian Armed Forces are tasked with having the capacity to:
- Conduct daily domestic and continental operations, including in the Arctic and through NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command);
- Support a major international event in Canada, such as the 2010 Winter Olympics;
- Respond to a major terrorist attack;
- Support civilian authorities during a crisis in Canada such as a natural disaster;
- Lead and/or conduct a major international operation for an extended period; and
- Deploy forces in response to crises elsewhere in the world for shorter periods.
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- Department of National Defence (30 March 2009). “Canada First Defence Strategy”. Archived from the original on 1 April 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
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