20 February 2013, Ottawa: The Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDA Institute) today released its major annual study examining the international strategic landscape and how Canada will meet challenges in security and defence, as well as the defence and security dimension of its foreign affairs.
The 2013 Strategic Outlook for Canada makes 28 recommendations to the Government of Canada to change how it plans for the future security environment and for the continued reform of security and defence thinking. Co-authors George Petrolekas and Ferry de Kerckhove also provide a Report Card for how the Government did in accepting the 2012 Strategic Outlook's recommendations
The report is available at the following link:
The paper conducts comprehensive assessments covering a wide array of topics. These include the difficulties and long-term risks of not implementing meaningful transformation in the Canadian Forces, which risks creating a "hollow" force, as well as the weaknesses in Canadian national infrastructure and how it must be hardened against cyberattack.
Beyond these immediate issues, four substantive trends and issues are identified:
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