Advancing the Canada-US Alliance: The Use of History in Decision-Support


  • Peter Archambault Director Strategic Operations Analysis on the Strategic Joint Staff, Department of National Defence
  • Brad Gladman Department of National Defence

Author Biographies

Peter Archambault, Director Strategic Operations Analysis on the Strategic Joint Staff, Department of National Defence

Peter Archambault holds a BA and MA from the University of New Brunswick, and received his PhD in Military History from the University of Calgary in 1997.

Between 1998 and 2002, he was Director of Research for the Minister’s Monitoring Committee on Change in the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces (MMC).


In 2002, Dr. Archambault joined the Defence Research and Development Canada Centre for Operational Research and Analysis (DRDC CORA) as a Defence Scientist/Strategic Analyst. Between 2002 and 2006, he worked in the Policy Group’s Directorate of Strategic Analysis and the Directorate of Defence Analysis in the Strategic Planning Division. In 2006, he was seconded to the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182 as Director of Research. In 2007, he returned to DRDC CORA and was posted to Canada Command Headquarters. Between May 2011 and June 2012, Dr. Archambault served as Acting Section Head, Land Systems and Operations in DRDC CORA at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. In July 2012, he took up his current post as Director Strategic Operations Analysis on the Strategic Joint Staff.

Dr. Archambault is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada, where, since 1998, he has taught courses on the theory and practice of warfare, Canadian military history, war and society in the 20th century and country/regional analysis methods.

In 2002, he was awarded the Golden Jubilee Medal for his efforts on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Brad Gladman, Department of National Defence

Brad Gladman served as a pilot in the Canadian Forces before completing Bachelor (history) and Master of Arts (history of air power and intelligence during WW II) degrees at the University of Calgary. In 2001, Brad Gladman received a PhD in military history from the University College London in 2001.  His PhD thesis dealt with intelligence and air support in the North African campaigns during WW II.  This work was published recently by Palgrave Macmillan as Intelligence and Anglo-American Air Support in World War Two: The Western Desert and Tunisia 1940-43 (2009). After returning to Canada in 2001, Dr. Gladman taught a broad range of courses at University of Calgary, including the history of World War Two, Espionage and the State, as well as a number of war and society courses from the Medieval period through to the Nuclear Age. Dr. Gladman has also taught courses on Canadian Military History and the History of Science and Technology for the Royal Military College of Canada, and has guest lectured at the United States Air Force Academy. His other recent publications include articles on defence and security matters for the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies and Intelligence and National Security, as well as a book chapter in Turning Points in Air Power History.

Dr. Gladman joined the Department of National Defence in 2003, with his initial posting being with the Directorate of Defence Analysis.  In early 2005, Dr. Gladman was named the defence academic representative on CDS Action Team 1, whose mandate was to conduct a detailed analysis of the Command and Control of the Canadian Forces, and to recommend changes.  One of those changes was the establishment of Canada Command, where Dr. Gladman worked as a strategic analyst. As a result of the request from the former Deputy Commander of NORAD, Dr. Gladman was posted to Colorado Springs where he became the Team Leader for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Operational Research and Analysis team. His most recent project has been a historical analysis of the Canada-US Strategic Defence Relationship, a study undertaken with the sponsorship of the NORAD Deputy Commander and the Commander of Canada Command to provide a contextual backdrop for ongoing discussions on the evolution of the Canada-US military-to-military relationship.






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