Strategic Analyst and Historian | Adjunct Associate Professor (History), RMCC
Dr. Andrew B. Godefroy is currently an (Adjunct) Associate Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada, and a consultant on defence research and development. Raised in Montreal, he earned a BA from Concordia University, and an MA and PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies, the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, and the Joint Command and Staff Program at Canadian Forces College Toronto. While with the Canadian Armed Forces he held a range of unit, operational, staff, and command appointments both at home and abroad.
Educated and trained as a military engineer officer from 1990-1997, he went on to serve as a Canada-US space policy officer at NDHQ from 1998-2000, and subsequently until 2004 as a joint space support operations officer with the CF Joint Operations Group. From 2004-2015 he served with the Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre as a subject matter expert in strategic forecasting and capability development. From 2015 to 2017 he served with the Canadian Army Lessons Learned Centre, before moving onto the Canadian Army Command and Staff College in 2018 where he served as Head of Professional Military Education until his retirement from uniform at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2024.
Academically, he is a Distinguished Alumni of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and a past Fellow of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies. From 2009-2010 he was the Canadian Visiting Research Fellow in the Leverhulme Program on the Changing Character of Warfare at the University of Oxford, UK. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Army Journal from 2005-2015 and remains a member of its editorial board; he is also currently a member of the editorial board of Canadian Military History. A former historian for the Canadian Space Agency, he now serves on the Board of Directors of the Kingston Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and is also a member of the British Astronomical Association.
Current Interests / Research
- Strategic Visioning, Forecasting, Scenario Planning, and Futuring Methodologies
- Wargaming and Conflict Simulations, Serious Games, and their Design
- Innovation and Adaptation in Complex Organizations
- Science, Technology, and Society
- Aerospace and Military History
- The Canadian Space Program: From Black Brant to the International Space Station. New York: Springer Books, 2017.
- In Peace Prepared: Innovation and Adaptation in Canada’s Cold War Army. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2014.
- Defence and Discovery: Canada’s Military Space Program, 1945-74. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, April 2011.
- The Ghost of General Otter: Putting the Leslie Report on Transformation 2011 in Context. Calgary: Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, November 2012.
- Canada’s International Policy Statement - Five Years Later. Calgary: Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, November 2010.
- (Ed.) Projecting Power: Canada’s Air Force 2035. Trenton: Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre, 2009.
- 'The RCAF at the Dawn of the Space Age, 1958-1968’, in Randall Wakelam, (ed). On the Wings of War and Peace: The RCAF during the Early Cold War. (University of Toronto Press, 2023);
- ‘The Short Life of Akjuit Aerospace and SpacePort Canada’, Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly, 24:1 (2017), 29-40.
- ‘Strategic Influence Reconsidered: Defence Research and Combat Development in Canada’s Early Cold War Army’, Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, 15:3 (2014), 138-155.
- ‘Wartime Military Innovation and the Creation of Canada’s Defence Research Board’, in Geoff Hayes (ed.). Canada and the Second World War: Essays in Honour of Terry Copp. (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012); 199-218.