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AVAILABLE EXPERT – Reported Canadian Forces - U.S. Military integration

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Queen's University Professor Emeritus and (ret.) Chair of Defence Management Studies, Douglas Bland, is available to comment on a report that the Canadian military had been working on a plan to create a binational integrated military force with the United States. Under the proposed Canada-U.S. Integrated Forces program, air, sea, land and special operations forces would have been jointly deployed under unified command outside Canada.

"The Canadian and U.S. military routinely cooperate with each other in training and operations," says Dr. Bland.

"The technical thing missed in these brief notes is that there are  various degrees of integrated command with the NATO alliance, but no country ever passes so-called "full command' of their units to any other nation. There is always a national 'string' attached to CF units working with other forces including those routinely deployed as in NORAD. As routinely, commanders at various levels hold talks aimed a facilitating 'interoperability' and these talks seem simply more of the same."

Prior to entering academia, Dr. Bland served from 1961-1990 as an armoured officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, retiring as a lieutenant-colonel.

Dr. Bland is available for comment on September 30.

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