Academic journal article Military Review

The Canadian Forces: Hard Choices, Soft Power

Academic journal article Military Review

The Canadian Forces: Hard Choices, Soft Power

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THE CANADIAN FORCES: Hard Choices, Soft Power, Joseph T. Jockey The Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, Ontario, 1999, 132 pages, price unavailable.

In The Canadian Forces: Hard Choices, Soft Power Canadian defense analyst Joseph T. Jockel asks:

"What is the role of the military, and how much is enough?" With the end of the Cold War, this is the question that faces democratic governments throughout the world. Canada's mission and funding dilemma provides a microcosmic view of issues that might have implications for all militaries.

Jockeys bottom line is the need for the Canadian government to revise current national military strategy. In Canada, as elsewhere, the end of the Cold War brought demands for a "peace dividend" that decreased military funding in favor of deficit paybacks and increased social spending. This was followed by massive forcestructure cuts.

The strategic concept of "soft power" assumed that in the postCold War environment, the government would resolve conflicts through diplomatic persuasion rather than the use of military force. But, instead of a decreasing need for armed forces, operational tempos increased, and forces began to suffer the stresses of being too thin and operating under budget. …

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