Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy
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Robert Williams

BGen (R), CAF

Rob served as an intelligence officer in the Canadian Army and Canadian Armed Forces retiring as a Brigadier-General. After a career in the military he spent three years as an executive at the Government of Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE). While serving in the military Rob was deployed on overseas operations to Croatia as part of a United Nations mission, several times to Bosnia with NATO, and also to Kabul, Afghanistan as part of the ISAF Headquarters in 2004. During his military career he also held a number of command and staff appointments at junior and senior officer rank levels.

A multi-linguist, (French, Russian, Polish, German, Serbian, and Ukrainian), he has experienced the reality of coalition military operations where communications with allies and within operational environments are challenging for many reasons besides differing languages. Owing to his linguistic ability he has travelled extensively in Eastern and Central Europe. Rob recently completed a PhD at Queen’s focused on the experience of the 1st Polish Armoured Division under Canadian command in Northwest Europe in late 1944 and challenges in the achievement of a shared common intent in coalition operations resulting from language and cultural differences.

  • BEng (Electrical) Royal Military College
  • B.A. (German) B.Ed. Queen’s University
  • M.A. (Russian) Norwich University, Vermont
  • Ph.D. (History) Queen’s University

Current Interests/Research:

  • Multinational Coalition Warfare; 
  • Eastern and Central Europe history; and 
  • Military Intelligence.