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Queen's University

Richard Goette

Ph.D., Queen's University, 2010


MA History, Queen's University
B.A. (Hons) History, McMaster University

Richard Goette is an air force historian specializing in command and control, leadership, maritime air power and air defence issues.  Richard completed his PhD in History at Queen's University in December 2009.  His dissertation was entitled "Canada, the United States and the Command and Control of Air Forces for Continental Air Defence from Ogdensburg to NORAD, 1940-1957."  Richard is very active at conferences, having presented over 25 papers at academic symposia.

Richard has also published extensively in the fields of air force history, air power, naval history, leadership and command and control, and Canadian defence studies.  His work has appeared in a number of books and journals such as: The Canadian Way of War: Serving the National Interest,Bernd Horn, ed.; Sic Itur Ad Astra: Canadian Aerospace Power Studies Volume 1: Historical Aspects of Canadian Air Power Leadership,William March, ed.; the Canadian Military Journal; Canadian Military History;and The Northern Mariner.  Some of his work has also appeared in official Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces publications.

Richard has worked extensively in research and writing roles for a number of professors and divisions of the Department of National Defence (DND), notably the Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute (CFLI).  In addition, he has several years of university teaching experience, having taught Canadian military history, war and society history, Canadian international relations history, and command and management courses for Queen's University, St. Jerome's University, Trent University, the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), and the Canadian Forces College (CFC) in Toronto.  Additionally, Richard has also been an advisor to Masters of Defence Studies (MDS) students at CFC.

Richard has held a number of awards during his academic career, including DND Security and Defence Forum (SDF) Masters and PhD scholarships, a Donald S. Rickerd Fellowship in Canadian-American Studies, and the Canadian Nautical Research Society's Gerald S. Panting Award for New Scholars.  After finishing his graduate studies at Queen's Richard held a DND SDF Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) in Waterloo.

Most recently Richard became an Associate Editor-in-Chief with Airforce magazine, the official publication of the Air Force Association of Canada.  Richard also currently teaches for the History Department at Trent University, the Department of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College, and the History Department at the Royal Military College of Canada.  Richard is currently conducting research on air power issues related to strategic airlift, the Arctic, Search-and-Rescue, and professional writing on air power and doctrine by Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) officers during the Early Cold War period.

Richard is a native of Hamilton, Ontario, and currently lives in Milton, Ontario, with his wife Sandra and two young daughters.  During his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, playing hockey (his natural position is left bench), and watching the Hamilton Tiger-Cats destroy all opposition in the Canadian Football League. 

Forthcoming and Recent Publications:

"Canada et la Deuxième Guerre mondiale," Guerres mondailes et conflits contemporains, 2012/2 (No. 246), forthcoming.  (with Paul Johnston).

"The Acid Test of Sovereignty: Canada, the United States, and the Command and Control of Combined Forces for Continental Defence, 1940-1945," in Abe Roof and Christine Leppard, eds. New Perspectives on Canada in the Second World War.  Calgary: University of Calgary Papers in Military and Strategic Studies, forthcoming 2013.

"Guarding Canada's Approaches: Air Defence Command," Airforce, Volume 37, Number 3 (2013), forthcoming.

"Eastern Air Command: The Cinderella of the Wartime RCAF," Airforce, Volume 37, Number 1 (2013), forthcoming.

Review of: Andrew Godefroy, Science and Discovery:Canada's Military Space Program, 1945-1974.  Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011.  ISBN 978-0-7748-1960-2, for Airforce, Volume 37, Number 1 (2013), forthcoming.

Review of: Randall Wakelam, Cold War Fighters: Canadian Aircraft Procurement, 1945-54.  Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011.  ISBN 978-0-7748-2149-0, for Canadian Military History (Online Reviews), November 2012, available at:

"Canada's Fighters: Multi-Role Enablers," Editorial, Airforce, Volume 36, Number 3 (2012), 4-5.

"The Roundel and Building RCAF Arctic Air Mindedness During the Early Cold War," in P. W. Lackenbauer and W.A. March, eds., Sic Itur Ad Astra: Canadian Aerospace Power Studies Volume 4:De-Icing Required! The Historical Dimension of the Canadian Air Force's Experience in the Arctic.  Ottawa: Her Majesty the Queen as represented by the Minister of National Defence, 2012, 55-72.

"A Snapshot of Early Cold War RCAF Writing on Canadian Air Power and Doctrine," The Royal Canadian Air Force Journal, Volume 1, Number 1 (Winter 2012), 50-61.

"The Positive Psychological Effect of Air Power," The Royal Canadian Air Force Journal [Pushing the Envelope Section], Volume 1, Number 1 (Winter 2012), 78-83.

"The British Joint Area Combined Headquarters Scheme and the Command and Control of Maritime Air Power," Royal Air Force Air Power Review, Volume 14, Number 3 (Autumn/Winter 2011), 119-135.

"Is Canada Still and Air-Minded Nation?," Guest Editorial, Canadian Aviation Historical Society Journal, Volume 49, Issue 3 (Fall 2011), 76.

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