9/11 and Canadian Special Operations Forces. How '40 by Lt.-Col Stephen J. Day

By Lt.-Col Stephen J. Day

In under twenty years, Canadian unique Operations Forces (CANSOF) grew from a 100-man hostage-rescue unit to a 2,500-person Command in a position to prosecuting missions around the detailed operations spectrum. The seminal occasion inflicting this variation is tested inside this monograph. the typical narrative explaining the increase of Canadian distinctive Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) states that 11th of September is the seminal occasion. Herein, a brand new narrative is proposed. person who posits the 2001-02 deployment of a 40-man CANSOF job strength to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is the seminal occasion. This job Force's disproportionately confident effect at the Canadian nationwide scene triggered key nationwide actors to take into account the strategic software of detailed operations forces. Twenty-four interviews with defence and safety material specialists from the political, federal public carrier, army and educational domain names, in addition to top Canadian nationwide newshounds supply unique...

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Claiming “Among the most difficult and immediate challenges to international security are civil wars fuelled by ethnic, religious and political extremism” observing that the strength of non-state actors and fundamentalist groups are growing considerably. g. g. Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti), many officials are perplexed as to the way forward. Domestically Canada continues to experience internal security challenges. {50} But in the early 1990s, Canada’s sovereignty is threatened from an entirely different quarter: an out of control and rapidly worsening national fiscal situation.

9/11 is the forcing function that clarifies the symbiotic relationship between national defence and internal security, and thus a new paradigm is born. {67} But this paradigm shift, appearing to be a direct result of 9/11, is in fact the culmination of a 40+ year trend. This trend shows a consistent recalibration of the national threat appreciation as a result of a transforming national security environment. ”{68} The paradigm shift is also formal recognition that the previous lack of a national security strategy created gaps and seams between the defence and security establishments.

The analysis indicates that from mid-2002 onwards CANSOF’s ability to expand is greatly enabled by overt support from various strategic actors who understand the strategic versatility of SOF as a direct result of one experience, and it is not 9/11 per se. That one experience is the very positive reaction to the military strategic response to the 9/11 attacks on Canada’s neighbour and key ally. Where the Government of Canada (GoC) commits to a one-year deployment of a CANSOF Task Force of approximately 40 men from JTF 2.

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