The Revolution in Military Affairs: Implications for Canada and NATO

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CANADA

Elinor C. Sloan

Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002, xii, 188pp, $65.00 cloth (ISBN 0-7735-2363-4), $24.95 paper (ISBN 0-7735-2394-4)

This useful treatise, which began life as a series of strategic analysis papers for Canada's defence department, boasts clear writing, jargon-free analysis, and even-handedness, even while making plainly its key points. There is a United States-led revolution in military affairs (RMA) that will demand, indeed is demanding, substantial qualitative and quantitative adjustments by America's allies, Sloan argues, though not in all fields of military endeavour equally and not with equal effects on all allies. The text covers familiar terrain in the RMA literature, including the United States, major allies, NATO, peace support operations, asymmetric threats, and - in a short epilogue - 11 September 2001, and is fluid and painless enough to be ripped through in a single sitting.

Despite the book's subtitle, however, Canada occupies just a single 20-page chapter. More serious sins lie in the eye of the beholder. The work sometimes exudes the rather uncritical flavour of the official survey from which it derived, especially (and not surprisingly) in treating Canada. …