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FJAG said:No matter how you cut the math, that's only half of a brigade and at that, some of the elements (Bde HQ, OMLT, NSE) were not really configured as fully field-deployable combat capable. That said, I would certainly hope that we have the capability to put a full medium weight LAV VI brigade into the field even though the SSE does not make that one of DND's core missions. IMHO it should be though.
Funny that you should mention that. While I agree with others here that Canada would in all probability not get involved in the Korea thing, we are in Latvia (where I think we ought to be). I've just been reading up on Op Defender 2020 and note that one of the three US brigade combat teams deploying from the US for that exercise is the 116th Armored Brigade Combat Team from the Idaho Army National Guard which is an Abrams/Bradley/Paladin equipped formation which will draw its equipment in theatre from pre-positioned stocks (a la REFORGER) (They are also deploying the 168th Engineer Brigade from the Mississippi National Guard for the exercise)
Our reserves and national guard are designed to be able to deploy. Reservists civie jobs are legally protected and their employers get a tax break. My hat is off to those folks able to juggle a couple of careers.( civvie job and PT military career).
I sometimes wonder if we got our reserves properly straightened out so that they could be deployable entities (which I firmly believe we could do of we ever got our heads out of our butts) and if we committed a full brigade to NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence, whether the US would "loan" us a couple of brigades worth of Abrams/Bradley/Paladins (and what the hell while we're dreaming, some Avengers and HIMARS) from their surplus stocks out in the Sierra Army Depot on the understanding that we pay the personnel and operations and maintenance costs.