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There CF doesn't have 2 Heavy Brigades - and honestly not even 1.Which is better, to have a fully supported and deployable Brigade structure that has depth for reinforcement and sustainability in a prolonged conflict or a Divisional structure which assumes you're going to empty the pantry in order to deploy it?
If you were to shift two a two Brigade (1 x Heavy and 1 x Light) structure vs the current three Brigade structure (symmetrical as now, or a Light/Medium/Heavy split) what would you gain and lose?
There are enough vehicles for a Medium Brigade with Tanks, but still is missing a lot of key enablers.
There is not enough equipment for much more, there are a lot of LAV's - but it's not a Heavy IFV, and never will.
So let's look at it as a LAV Bde with Tanks (I will call it LAV-T)
If the Brit's continue to occupy Suffield for most of the training year - Wx is the only logical place for the Bde - or perhaps the Bde equipment.
*ideally I think the LAV-T Bde would be based in Central Canada - West Ontario - or East Manitoba - but that would require an entirely new base and training area.
I don't see the CA being able to field 4 Bde (Reg and Res) with the current manning levels.
So it's realistically 1 LAV-T Bde, and 2 Light Bde (potentially with some CAV ability with LAV's).
I don't view Mechanized until as rapid deployment - simply as the CF cannot move them quickly -- as we have discussed before that either means Pre-Positioning - or accepting they are a follow on force.
So I would have them manned as 30/70 (30% Reg and 70% Res)
The Light Bdes - ideally would be 1 East and 1 West - to be able to help run DomOps - and would be manned at a 70/30 Split Reg and Res.
I think the only way the CA moves forward is with a unified command - with Reg and Res in the same Bde, and some sub units mixed as well.Ongoing peacetime deployments might be more difficult to generate with fewer maneuver units to draw from. On the other hand you could shift the Artillery, Engineer and Support elements from the 3rd Brigade to the remaining two Brigades (or into hybrid Reg Force/Reserve units).
As I mention above I think given the major gaps in capabilities and equipment deficiencies that 3 Bde is the absolute max the CA can field with any degree of credibility.As noted by both KevinB and FJAG, the approach you take would also change how you'd organize your CS and CSS elements.
Two Heavy Brigades and two Light Brigades....one of each Reg Force and Reserves? Beefed up supporting elements? Perhaps a couple of Territorial Battalions/Arctic Response Battalions in addition to the expeditionary force Brigade structure?
The Light Bdes would be the IRU, and have Dom Ops roles - as well as Mountain, Arctic, Maritime etc.