Canadian Air Force Leadership and Command: Implications for the Human Dimension of Expeditionary Air Force Operations

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Authors
  1. English, A.
  2. Westrop, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);KMG Associates, Kingston ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This report was written in support of the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) project “The Human Dimension of the Expeditionary Air Force,” which is investigating the leadership and sustainment of multifunctional, or diverse, teams in the Air Force. In order to conduct this research, a comprehensive understanding of the relevant historical and contemporary operations background that has shaped Air Force culture and identity and that has influenced Air Force team and leadership structures, characteristics and tasks is required. Furthermore, detailed information on Air Force team and leadership structures; the characteristics and tasks of the various Air Force communities; an analysis of those factors that impact on Air Force operations to include operations that are expeditionary, deployed and at static bases; and recommendations for further research is required. Canadian Forces (CF) leadership doctrine, in Duty with Honour and Leadership in the CF: Conceptual Foundations, recognizes that, because of the unique physical environments in which the Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force operate, they each have a unique body of professional knowledge, experience, and, therefore, culture. Furthermore, it is recognized that the three Environments of the CF manifest certain elements of the CF’s ethos in different ways, for example, in leadership styles and command arrangements. Unfortunately for the Canadian Air Force, very little has been written about how its culture an

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Keywords
air force leadership and command;expeditionary air force operations;air force culture and identity;air force team and leadership structures;air force leadership styles;air force communities;historical and contemporary models of air force command and control
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2006-297 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
20 Nov 2006
Number of Pages
301
DSTKIM No
CA029861
CANDIS No
528263
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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