Canadian Defence Priorities, CF Force Posture and Strategic Readiness – Linking Government Policy Preferences to Resource Allocations


  1. Roi, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Military planners certainly recognize the importance of readiness to the conduct of operations and the execution of tasks. Nevertheless, there continues to be confusion around the usage of terms readiness and force posture. This Technical Memorandum seeks to bring greater clarity to these terms. By doing so, it demonstrates the vital role played by force posture and strategic readiness in linking the government’s defence priorities (policy preferences) to the allocation of resources and the production of military capabilities. The first section of the Technical Memorandum examines the existing usages of the terms readiness, force structure and force posture. This discussion seeks to elucidate these terms in order to establish a solid conceptual base from which to explore the function of force posture direction. Section Two looks specifically at the role of force posture direction in bridging the policy preferences of the government with the allocation of resources in defence planning. All governments and their military advisors face difficulties connecting the aims of defence policy to the preparation of military capabilities. Clearly, military forces must be ready to meet the objectives set by their governments. At the same time, the success of their preparations will be determined in part by how well prepared they are for the actual operational situations in which they are deployed. This study explores this interaction between political imperatives and military judgments

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Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2012-289 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Dec 2012
Number of Pages
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