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gcclarke said:Actually, scratch that. In the perfect world, the size of the armed forces would actually be 0.
Dennis Ruhl said:If our ships spend most of their time tied up in port, how many do we really need? When is the last time we deployed much more than a squadron of fighters.
Dennis Ruhl said:If we looked around at likely threats it would be easy to conclude that we don't need much of a military. Investing in anti-terrorist intelligence might be money better spent. If our ships spend most of their time tied up in port, how many do we really need? When is the last time we deployed much more than a squadron of fighters. When is the last time we deployed more than a brigade of troops? The answer to the last 2 questions is 64 years.
Subsequent to WWI and prior to the Cold War we kept 3 battalions of infantry and 2 cavalry/armoured regiments and 100 plus regiment militia that mobilized active service battalions as required. I think that's a fine model for the army. It worked from 1867 up to Korea and could still work.
Infanteer said:The size of Canada is irrelevant - the size of our Forces should be dictated by what strategic ends we wish it to achieve.
Dennis Ruhl said:When is the last time we deployed much more than a squadron of fighters.
E.R. Campbell said:If you really think the way we mobilized in 1939 and the way we cobbled together brigades for Korea and NATO circa 1950 were examples of a "fine model" then I would hate to see what you consider not so fine.
Dennis Ruhl said:To repeat, we have spent a trillion current dollars from 1953 to 1991 without a shot being fired in anger. The trillion being $ 20 billion times 50 years, purely an estimate. How prepared do we want to be and at what cost? While the first 2 battles of WWII were disasters, poor training was probably not the deciding factor. 2PPCLI, the first battalion in Korea performed very well probably because it had sufficient war veterans, especially among the officers and NCOs.
The deployment to Afghanistan proceeded slowly enough that 3 regular force battalions could have rotated through before the "cobbled together" units hit the field.
George Wallace said:Our Government is incapable to react to any significant incident in a timely manner
SupersonicMax said:Both Fighter Squadrons fly operational missions quite a bit in Canada. Kosovo, 1999, 2 squadrons were deployed in Aviano, Italy. Desert Storm, 1990, 2 squadrons were deployed.
Lieutenant-Colonel Alain Pelletier, now commanding officer of 425 Tac F Sqn, led a formation of four Canadian fighter jets, part of a 16-ship NATO strike package, that flew from Aviano Air Base in Italy to a pre-planned target in southern Serbia.