The CDA Institute held its annual Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence on February 16th and 17th, bringing in a range of national security and defence experts to discuss the current global threat environment and the future of national and international alliances. Speakers addressed a wide variety of questions and concerns, including: How do we approach creating a more comprehensive, policy-informed defence strategy? What is Canada’s national interest today and who decides it? How do we address the problems associated with a hyper-politicized procurement process? What is the role of NORAD in the future, and how important is interoperability with our allies?
In attendance were academics, retired and active military personnel, CDS General Jonathan Vance, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, and the Commander of NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command General Lori Robinson, to name a few. The institutes’ strategic outlook for 2017 presented focused on the current state of global affairs, and how Canada should approach adapting to major shake-ups of trade relationships, the rise and fall of great powers, and the role of interventionism in the midst of military alliances under strain.