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True North Strong and Free: Preparing the Canadian Armed Forces for Arctic Operations

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

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The Government of Canada published its Arctic and Northern Policy Framework in September 2019 to serve as a whole-of-government approach to develop and secure the Canadian North. This monograph analyzes how the Canadian Armed Forces can use this policy framework as strategic guidance to influence the development of a Canadian Arctic operating concept. This operating concept is derived as a hybrid model of the Canadian adaptive dispersed operations and the American multi-domain operations concepts. It proposes that the Canadian Armed Forces adopt a multi-domain approach to projecting effects into the Arctic. Using operational art as a framework, this monograph concludes with recommendations on a specific end state for the Arctic, Canadas Arctic operational center of gravity, decisive points, future basing considerations, and where the Canadian Armed Forces and Government of Canada can accept risk in the Arctic.

Subject Categories:

  • Geography
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]