Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy
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Dr. Randall Wakelam

Assistant Professor
War Studies Programme, RMC
M322, RMC
613.541.6000 x 6615

Dr. Randall Wakelam teaches military history and leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Retiring in 2009 as a colonel, Dr. Wakelam had an extensive military career which began in 1969 as a Reserve musician in Ottawa. After graduating from the Royal Military College in 1975 he flew helicopters for the army, serving in three different squadrons before commanding 408 Squadron in Edmonton from 1991 to 1993. Subsequently he was a member of faculty at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, the military's professional graduate school, and Director of Professional Development at the Canadian Defence Academy in Kingston, the military's 'ministry of education'. Returning to Toronto as Director of Curriculum he was one of the senior planners for the current suite of executive level professional development courses conducted in Toronto.

Dr. Wakelam is a Faculty Associate at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, a Fellow at the Queen's Centre for International and Defence Policy and serves on a number of editorial boards. In 2009 he published The Science of Bombing: Operational Research in RAF Bomber Command and in 2010 co-edited The Report of the Officer Development Board: Maj-Gen Roger Rowley and the Education of the Canadian Forces. In 2011 he is published Cold War Fighters: Canadian Aircraft Procurement 1945-1954 which examines fighter aircraft procurement in the decade before the AVRO Arrow saga. He is currently preparing a biography of Wilfred Curtis who was Canada's air force chief from 1947 to 1953 before going on to help establish York University.

He is happy to supervise graduate students on topics related to air power generally, the RCAF B.A. Comm Royal Military College of Canada

  • M.A. War Studies, Royal Military College of Canada 
  • Ph.D. Wilfrid Laurier University

Current Interests/Research:

  • Air warfare; 
  • Canadian military history;
  • Higher education including military education and professional development;
  • Leadership and decision making.


Royal Military College of Canada (RMC)

Air War Books

Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies