The Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) Course

What is the RCDS Course? The Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) course is a post-graduate level course in international strategic studies focusing on, political, diplomatic, security, social and economic related issues at the grand strategic level – the level at which governments take decisions on these issues both nationally and within the international community. Issues are analysed… Read More

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Perspectives & Experiences of Women in the Canadian Armed Forces

Report Title Women and Leadership in the Canadian Forces: Perspectives and Experience. Abstract This volume, through its exclusive focus on the experiences of women, addresses an important aspect of the current and future leadership of the Canadian Forces. The experience of women in the Canadian Forces is in many ways the same as that of their male peers;… Read More

Exploring Military Leadership from a Subordinate Perspective in the Canadian Armed Forces

Research Paper Title Universal or Gender-Specific? Exploring Military Leadership from a Subordinate Perspective. Abstract Leadership is key to the successful functioning of any organisation, including the military. Contemporary conceptualisations of leadership have focused on the behaviours or traits necessary for leaders to function effectively. However, leadership is a dynamic process involving both a leader and a… Read More

The Military Decision Equation…

“There is no equation for a military decision. Decision-making requires both intuitive skill to recognize and analyze the essence of a given problem and the creative ability to devise a practical solution.” Major W.R. Speigle (US Marine Corps) Reference Speigle, W.R. (2008) The Basic School: Continuing to Successfully Prepare Second Lieutenants to be Officers. Master’s… Read More

Training & Certainty vs Education & Uncertainty…

“Leaders must be trained for certainty and educated for uncertainty.” Lieutenant Colonel Philip Anderson (US Marine Corps) Reference Anderson, P. (1999) Foundations for Teaching: A philosophy for the Marine Corps University. Marine Corps Gazette. 83(4). Available from World Wide Web: https://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/1999/04/foundations-teaching-philosophy-marine-corps-university. [Accessed: 24 May, 2018].

Tactics: Seeing Something No One Else Has Seen…

“Fred sipped the coffee. “Ever heard of the Battle of Gaugamela?” “No,” Holden said. “Darius the third, emperor of Persia, had two hundred thousand soldiers under his command. Bactrians, Arachosians, Scythians. Some Greek mercenaries. On the other side, thirty-five thousand soldiers, and Alexander of Macedon. Alexander the Great. Five Persians to every Macedonian. It should… Read More