9/11 and Canadian Special Operations Forces: How '40 Selected Men' Indelibly Influenced the Future of the Force [open pdf - 546KB]
This Monograph thesis was published in partial fulfillment of graduate studies at the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies. "This monograph identifies the seminal event causing this transformation by studying Canada's 20-year experience with her national counter-terrorism task force. A new narrative posits the 2001-02 OEF deployment of a 40-man CANSOF Task Force (TF) is the seminal event. This TF's disproportionately positive impact on the Canadian national scene caused the political, military and bureaucratic levels to take note of the strategic utility of SOF. Twenty-four interviews with defence and subject matter experts from the political, federal public service, military and academic domains, as well as two leading journalists provide vital insight. In addition, defence policy since WW II is examined. The findings prove two key points. First, defence policy consistently expresses the need for an irregular force to operate in asymmetrical environs. Second, the one-year OEF commitment produces a highly positive national strategic effect. As a result, CANSOF transforms to become a distinct element of national military power. Today, this transformation from a strategic resource to a strategically relevant, distinct 'hard power' option provides Canada with greater strategic choice when she deploys her military alongside key allies."
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