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From Why to How: Connecting Action to Policy through Canadian Military Strategy

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[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

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US Army Command and General Staff College

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There is a general misunderstanding in Canada of what the role and purpose of policy and strategy are. This misunderstanding has led to the creation of multiple defence policies or strategies that do not fully align with strategic theory further confusing the issue and diluting the traditional responsibilities for security policy and strategy. The Canadian Armed Forces has developed relationships and processes to close this gap but the strategic culture in Canada has remained reactionary to global events. In order to better align roles and responsibilities, the Canadian Armed Forces must develop a unique, overarching military strategy built by strategists who have a fundamental understanding of the general theory of strategy and a broad understanding of Canadas unique history, traditions and partnerships. Such a strategy must take into account the interests of Canada and its citizens. With such a strategy in hand, the CAF will be better postured to advise the Government of Canada on suitable policy objectives and what is needed to achieve them.


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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]