Security and Defence in the Terrorist Era
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Written by Elinor Sloan.
Published by McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005.
|Canadas traditional approach to security has been "the best
defence is a good offence." Elinor Sloan challenges this notion, arguing that
in the post 9/11 era "defensive" military and civilian measures at home are
just as important to Canada as "offensive" military activities abroad.
Security and Defence in the Terrorist Era looks at the nature of the post-9/11 threat environment, U.S. security and defence policy since the Cold War ended, space and ballistic missile defence, intelligence gathering, and changes in military personnel and equipment requirements for addressing threats overseas. While Sloan favours increasing Canadian military capabilities, she shows that they also need to be reorganized. She emphasizes the importance of development aid and diplomacy in helping to rebuild failed states abroad and further suggests that Canada participate in the U.S. strategic missile defence system to avoid being denied ballistic missile early warning and space surveillance information.
Sloan concludes that Canadas military capabilities fall well short of what is necessary to guarantee security and that changes are necessary to regain credibility and influence with the U.S.
Sloan demonstrates a firm grasp of technological, command, and control issues, rightly pointing out the necessarily different approach that Canada needs to take from the US. Joel Sokolsky, Royal Military College of Canada
Elinor Sloan has provided an excellent review of the implications of 9/11 for Canadas national security strategy. Her recognition of the importance of a continental approach to defence and security is timely, and should inform a debate that must engage Canadians. More importantly, she has recognized and persuasively argued that the safety and well-being of Canadian citizens are directly linked to international peace and security. This is a must-read for Canadians who want to shape a meaningful and influential role for Canada in the world. The Honorable John Manley, P.C., Senior Counsel McCarthy Tétrault LLP and former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.
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