Bi-National Planning Group: Final Report on Canada and the United States (CANUS) Enhanced Military Cooperation   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The findings and recommendations contained in this Final Report provide great insight into key areas of Canada-United States military cooperation. The Bi-national Planning Group's (BPG) efforts are intended to be a catalyst in defining and strengthening future CANUS relationships. We recommend that its functions be moved to the appropriate strategic and operational levels of the Canadian and United States agencies responsible for the defense and security of our shared continent. The BPG's mandate covered a critical period in the evolving defense and security relationship of the United States and Canada, a time during which both countries responded to the new threat environment after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Over the course of its mandate, extended until May 2006, the BPG exceeded expectations. It conducted reviews of existing Canada-U.S. defense plans and military assistance protocols; drafted new bi-national contingency plans to respond to threats, attacks and other major emergencies in Canada or the U.S.; analyzed information sharing practices; designed and participated in exercises and joint training; and established coordination mechanisms with relevant Canadian and U.S. Federal departments and agencies."

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