Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Boss for New Organization at Core of Harper Government's Military Overhaul: New Boss for New Cdn Military Organization

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Boss for New Organization at Core of Harper Government's Military Overhaul: New Boss for New Cdn Military Organization

Article excerpt

OTTAWA - National Defence has formally announced that the general who is currently in charge of Canada's overseas headquarters will lead a newly combined organization that's at the centre of the Harper government's overhaul of the military.

Lt.-Gen. Stuart Beare says the creation of the Canadian Joint Operations Command will make the military more nimble.

His appointment marks the beginning of a series of command appointments and changes that come in the wake of the federal budget.

The re-organization is expected to see the department lose about one-quarter of its headquarters overhead.

Beare, in an interview with The Canadian Press, said the combining of the overseas, domestic and support organizations will give him and future commanders the flexibility to be able to move soldiers, aircrew, sailors and equipment around with more ease.

The Harper government has made a point of emphasizing over the last few years that the military has been called upon to conduct several operations -- both at home and abroad -- at once. …

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