What was Canada Command?

Introduction Canada Command (CANCOM, French: Commandement Canada) was one of several operational commands of the Canadian Forces from 2006 to 2012. It was responsible for routine domestic and continental operations, such as search and rescue, sovereignty patrol, national security coordination and contingency planning. As an operational formation, Canada Command used resources generated from the three… Read More


What was the Canadian Operational Support Command?

Introduction The Canadian Operational Support Command (CANOSCOM) (in French : Commandement du soutien opérationnel du Canada or COMSOCAN) was one of several commands of the Canadian Forces (CF) from 2006 to 2012. The command was replaced by the Canadian Joint Operations Command in October 2012. As a separate command, CANOSCOM provided the CF with combat… Read More

What is the Canadian Joint Operations Command?

Introduction The Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC; French: Commandement des opérations interarmées du Canada) is one of the two unified commands of the Canadian Armed Forces, the other one being the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. CJOC was announced in May 2012 as the result of the cost-cutting measures in the 2012 federal budget through… Read More

Yes or No: Attempts to Regulate Autonomous Weapons are Failing?

In the 16 July 2022 issue of the New Scientist, it was reported that attempts to regulate autonomous weapons would likely fail. Between March and July 2022, the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) – Group of Governmental Experts on emerging technologies in the area of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (GGE on LAWS) held various… Read More

What is a Marine Expeditionary Unit (US)?

Introduction Marine expeditionary units (MEU, pronounced as one syllable “M’you” IPA: /mjuː/) are the smallest marine air-ground task forces (MAGTF) in the United States Fleet Marine Force. Each MEU is an expeditionary quick reaction force, deployed and ready for immediate response to any crisis, whether it be natural disaster or combat missions. Marine amphibious unit… Read More

What is a Marine Expeditionary Brigade (US)?

Introduction A Marine expeditionary brigade (MEB) is a formation of the United States Marine Corps, a Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) of approximately 14,500 Marines and sailors constructed around a reinforced infantry regiment, a composite Marine aircraft group, a combat logistics regiment and a MEB command group. The MEB, commanded by a general officer (usually… Read More

What is a Marine Expeditionary Force (US)?

Introduction Marine expeditionary force (MEF), formerly known as a Marine amphibious force, is the largest type of a Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF). A MEF is the largest building block of United States Marine Corps combat power. Structure A MEF is larger than a Marine expeditionary unit (MEU) or Marine expeditionary brigade (MEB). Each MEF… Read More