National Defence – April 23, 2012

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

National Defence – April 23, 2012

Senators heard from witnesses in charge of the deployment of troops in Canada and abroad.

Lieutenant-General Walter Semianiw, commander of Canada Command, spoke about the organization’s responsibilities and mandate. Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, commander of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command, provided an update on current operations overseas and his perspectives on Canada’s preparedness for future operations.

The committee then turned to a discussion on the analysis of defence policies. Paul Chapin, director of research for the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, and retired colonel George Petrolekas discussed the CDAI’s recent paper on the strategic outlook for Canada amid a volatile international security environment. The CDAI is calling for Canada to develop a national security strategy.