Contemporary Strategic Trends and the Canadian Army


  • Dr. Elinor Sloan Carleton University


This article looks at key strategic trends, the sorts of missions in which the Canadian army is likely to take part over the next few years, and the implications for the army at the tactical/operational level.

Author Biography

Dr. Elinor Sloan, Carleton University

Elinor Sloan is Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University, Ottawa, and is a former logistics officer with the Canadian Forces, and defence analyst with Canada’s Department of National Defence. She is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada (BA), the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton (MA), and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (PhD).

Dr. Sloan's research interests include: the defence policies and military capabilities of Canada, the United States, major NATO allies, Australia and China; homeland security and defence, peacekeeping, NORAD, space and ballistic missile defence, and the Arctic; and, contemporary strategic thought.

Her books include The Revolution in Military Affairs (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2002); Security and Defence in the Terrorist Era (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005 & 2010); Military Transformation and Modern Warfare (Praeger Publishers, 2008); and Modern Military Strategy (Routledge, 2012 and 2017).






The Ross Ellis Lecture in Military and Strategic Studies