SPEAKER: Duff Crerar - Canadian Forces and Revolution in Military Affairs
“Transformation: The Canadian Forces and the Revolution in Military Affairs” - Lecture to be held in the GPRC Alumni Lounge (C224)
SPEAKERS SERIES PRESENTS: Duff Crerar, BA, MA, BEd, PhD; GPRC History Instructor
In this free public lecture, Duff Crerar will discuss “radical changes” in the military affairs of Canada.
According to Crerar, “The Canadian Forces will never be the same again. Last year when he took office as Chief of Defence Staff, General Richard Hillier said he was going to transform the Canadian military into a new type of defence instrument. To do so he promised more changes to Canadian security, at every level from weapons to intelligence, than any other Canadian military leader since World War II. Politically as well as strategically daring, in his inaugural speech Hillier also drew a line in the sand in front of Canadian politicians. He put all Canadians on notice that the Canadian Forces had left the twentieth century, and was revising every aspect of its identity and work based on old Cold and Post-Cold War methods and assumptions. The new plans also call for complete transformation of every aspect of the Reserves. A new peacekeeping strategy has been devised which should correct past mistakes and misapplications. While Hillier may be the most daring and determined Chief of Defence contemporary Canada has ever seen, still he is not the only military leader who has contributed to the transformation.”
Duff Crerar will present the origins, meaning, and present state of the new vision and implementation of these radical changes. These plans, already in motion, will determine how Canada will address security and peacekeeping commitments for the next generation. “For all Canadians, it pays to understand what they are and what they mean, for Canada and the international arena,” says Crerar.
Duff Crerar studied Military and Naval history at Queen’s University, and for the past year has been studying and living on Canadian Forces Bases while conducting his research on military chaplains. As a result, he has been present at several staff briefings on aspects of “force transformation” and has conducted interviews on aspects of these changes both at National Defence Headquarters and in Edmonton Garrison. His been a History Instructor at the College since 1990, and is the author of one book and several articles on Canadian military chaplains from the earliest days up to the present.