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  1. GR66

    Best Base/Training Area for Tanks/Combined Arms

    In the absence of major changes to the legislation regarding Reserve service I'm not sure what this achieves. Currently 1 CMBG has the following 100% Reg Force combat elements supposedly available to deploy without calling up the Reserves (individual augmentation requirements conveniently...
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    Australian navy's hunt for new sub to replace Collins class

    If you could dare to dream.... ...purchase 8 of our own (4 for each coast) and make agreements with the USN that we can base them in Kitsap, Washington and New London, Connecticut alongside their own fleets (and contract ashore support from them as well).
  3. GR66

    Best Base/Training Area for Tanks/Combined Arms

    Several people have suggested that Suffield is the best training area for tanks. What kind of facilities are available at Suffield? Some have suggested that the "Heavy" elements of the Army (like tanks) would be well suited to the Reserves as they are for the most part mainly required in the...
  4. GR66

    Best Base/Training Area for Tanks/Combined Arms

    Ok...turning the original question on its head. Presumably the general preference for the larger, Western training areas is based on the fact that we envision our tanks conducting maneuver warfare in relatively open terrain. What if in the age of PGMs, stealth aircraft, armed UAVs, loitering...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Very fair criticism. It's important to keep in mind that 90% of the time the troops are not deployed and the basic quality of life during that time is a major factor in retention, etc.
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Swerving back to the questions on force structure. Are we again self-imposing limitations on ourselves by confusing our Brigade Groups and Regiments as Force Employment organizations rather than Force Generation organizations? For example, if Wainwright is considered the best location for...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    I guess the highlighted part is what I'm not sold on. If you're correct (and many will agree with you) that the threat of Russian hard force aggression against our Eastern European allies is the primary military threat that we face, then I get where you are coming from with your focus on heavy...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    I'm inspired by your confidence that the US will gladly supply for free two full ABCT's worth of equipment to a NATO partner that is already spending well below the mandated 2% of GDP on defence. Especially as they are proposing huge Covid-recovery budgets in the states and the Democrats have a...
  9. GR66

    Best Base/Training Area for Tanks/Combined Arms

    The question has been raised in the Force 2025 thread about what Base/Training Area is best suited for tanks/combined arms training if we were to concentrate our tanks in a single location. What to current/past tankers think?
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Seriously, does anyone here actually believe that re-establishing a full-time Canadian Brigade Group in Europe is a realistic possibility? We're not only talking the cost of re-equipping the Army like we're discussing here to be able to stand up in a peer conflict against Russia (which based on...
  11. GR66

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    You're 100% right that a properly equipped and supported light force optimized for adaptive dispersed operations and capable of deep strike, etc., etc., etc. would almost certainly be much more effective and useful to both Canada and our allies than the force that we currently have (debates...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Heck...Patton had an entire imaginary Army Group in the lead up to D-Day so just consider this as our uniquely Canadian maskirovka! :cool:
  13. GR66

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    I figured it would be safer than picking one existing Regiment over the others...there's no winning in cap badge wars! :p I'm agnostic on naming....each Battalion could have a different Regimental affiliation as long as I'm concerned. The layout I provided is just a rough sketch of general...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Circling back to force structure... Here's an example of what could be done if we abandon the geographic structure of the Force Generation Brigades. 2 x Reg Force Brigades each with: 1 x Cavalry Regiment (adapted from Armoured Recce Regiments....possibly Recce Sqn/AT Sqn/Mech. Inf. Coy?) 2 x...
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    Joe Biden gives up on the war in Afghanistan, leaving a weak ally

    With friends like this....Panjshir bombed by Pakistani Air Force drones: Reports
  16. GR66

    All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    GR66, unvaccinated, contracted COVID-19. Took nothing. Self isolated for two weeks and worked from home without missing an hour of work throughout. Both singular examples are equally useless in determining the effectiveness of Ivermectin in treating COVID-19
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Are we limiting ourselves by designing our proposed Brigades as strictly geographically centered (e.g. "the heavy Brigade will be in 3 Division in the West" etc.) when the Divisions, like our Regiments, are force generation structures rather then force employment structures? Wouldn't it be just...
  18. GR66

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    I can't say with certainty, but I don't think you'd have a huge cost increase from changing from the 30mm to 25mm IF you wanted to. The RWS is called the "Reconfigurable Integrated-Weapons Platform" because it is designed to accept a wide variety of weapons on a common structure. According to...
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    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    That Moog RIwP (Reconfigurable Integrated-Weapons Platform) on the IM-SHORAD can take a pretty wide variety of different weapons on a wide variety of platforms which means you could fulfill a number of different roles with a single RWS system. Don't want to add another weapon/calibre of ammo to...
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    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    There are lots of ideas and options presented in this thread, but honestly until the force structure is decided how do you know what the Regular and Reserve Artillery are going to need to support and what the best weapon system(s) are to provide that support? Like almost all the equipment...
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