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  1. GR66

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    If we're deploying light forces in response to a peer attack of some sort what is the likelihood that we will a) have a significant number of rotary wing aircraft forward deployed to be available to transport our vehicles, and b) what is the likelihood that we'd be willing to risk those aircraft...
  2. GR66

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Add Trophy APS/Raytheon Quick Kill to the list to provide some protection to these assets. As quickly becomes obvious there are a LOT of pieces of the puzzle to fielding an effective and survivable military force and we are missing a LOT of those pieces. FGAG has long suggested having a...
  3. GR66

    Remains found at Kamloops residential school 'not an isolated incident,' Indigenous experts and leaders warn

    I'm also not sure where you're going with the "Slave Society" vs "Society with Slaves" distinction. You describe Great Britain as a "Society with Slaves" vs a "Slave Society" like Rome or the US, and while you're correct that there were not a great number of slaves held in the British Isles...
  4. GR66

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    WRT all these unmanned vehicles and swarms of UAVs being envisioned. What does control of these look like in a situation with unrestricted electronic warfare? Could an enemy effectively shut these down with some kind of brute force EM blocking technology? I'm totally uneducated on these...
  5. GR66

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    I'm not suggesting (and I don't think anyone else here suggested) that we abandon our more traditional structure to have an entire army of small companies (or large platoons if you prefer). The idea would be that you have a portion of your force...the light portion...organized such that you...
  6. GR66

    The Case for AEW&C Aircraft

    Personally I think any expanded ISR capabilities would be a good thing for the CF and our allies. While I don't think that our current iteration of great power competition is likely to see Russian tanks driving towards the Fulda Gap, it's quite possible that we will see more Crimea type quick...
  7. GR66

    The Case for AEW&C Aircraft

    In a Canadian context would the primary area of interest for an AEW aircraft be the arctic? Others have mentioned the issues with controlling UAV's in the far North due to limited satellite coverage.
  8. GR66

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    This is in following with some of the other threads which discuss the way that pre-1914 Battalions were made up of larger numbers of smaller companies and that the consolidation into larger companies was a direct result in the attritional warfare that was experienced in WWI. The idea is that...
  9. GR66

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    My gut tells me that FJAG is right that within the existing manning and budget we should be able to field a much more effective Army. I'm going to throw out one possible model to achieve this that would allow us to be effective in the types of conflict I believe we're most likely to end up...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    While I 100% agree that we need to step up and create an Army that can realistically fight the high-end fight I think it's also important to not abandon all of the things that we've learned from our experiences in Afghanistan. I think there are several things I think it's important to keep in...
  11. GR66

    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    I read somewhere that one of the reasons that the USN was getting rid of them was that they are maintenance hogs.
  12. GR66

    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    If by rapid you mean 10-30 years then I'd agree change is possible (and in fact I think it will be likely...eventually...in China). That kind of timeframe gives the Chinese government the opportunity to read the sea change and adjust to meet the changing demands of the population. My...
  13. GR66

    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    You're talking about a cultural change here. The party line had been indoctrinated into the Chinese population for generations. I think you're underestimating the amount of time it would take for the average Chinese citizen to change the way they think about the world. I'm thinking you'd...
  14. GR66

    Initiatives launched to retain and increase RCAF personnel experience levels

    For some of the technical trades would there be any opportunity for the CAF to partner with civilian schools (and the airlines/aerospace companies?) to do joint training? In return for some Federal funding and provision of RCAF airframes to actually work on the schools could adjust their...
  15. GR66

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    With regard to the 2 vs. 3 crew members fighting the LAV question, does this not in some ways speak to the confusion over our doctrine? The point has been made by many people here that the LAV isn't an IFV and we shouldn't treat it as such. It's an armoured battle taxi with infantry support...
  16. GR66

    Initiatives launched to retain and increase RCAF personnel experience levels

    Unfortunately your link wouldn't work for me. Can you provide details supporting the claim that the Canadian Army set a record for casualty rates in WW2?
  17. GR66

    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    Hmmm...sounds like a buying opportunity! :whistle:
  18. GR66

    HAPC based on Leopard Chassis

    1) No HAPC - too expensive/niche/difficult to deploy. 2) No tracked IFV's - no money/political will 3) No increase in the size of the Army - see #2 (above) So we're left with 6 x Medium LAV Battalions and 3 x Light Infantry Battalions both of which are missing key support elements for a...
  19. GR66

    All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    In hot spots they are opening up vaccinations to younger age groups to stop further spread.
  20. GR66

    All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    We're in a hot zone as well. It's now open to all 18+ and just checked the website and there are appointments available for this Saturday. The email advertising the clinic also noted that it will be opening up to 12+ soon.
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