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Infanteer said:how high a profile our (relatively small) bases for our (relatively small) military present to a would-be attacker.
To this I will respond.. any time we deploy the news is over it like a rash, from the departure ceremonies, to who is next on the ramp to go, to welcome home ceremonies. The CF PR machine is great at getting the info out but it is a two sided coin, we tell Joe Public what we are really doing and put human faces to concepts, and yet we also tell Johnny Terrorist which base has troops whacking his brothers in the sandbox right now.
I think that if you give a terrorist of the current ilk a truck bomb, he is more likely to ram it into Canada's Wonderland/Pearson Airport/Storybook Gardens than CFB Petawawa, however that does not eliminate us as a target. In fact any terrorist group wishing to gain credence and acceptance amongst the population would be better served by attacking the organs of the state and not the citizens, but I may be veering off into a very vague philosophical tangent.
So if the need for an armed security force is not there, why not a QRF at least? 15 dudes, with weapons and PPE, commanded by a Sgt &MCpl answering to the Duty O, sat in a room watching TV 24/7, perhaps co-located with the MP's or the Firehall. The situation I mentioned that I witnessed happening as RDS severely taxed the MP shift for manpower, no doubt creating a vaccum elsewhere on the base. This QRF could be used as troops for a cordon, CCO, to lock down the base in case of a threat until more manpower is wizarded up by the units, or, and I hate myself for suggesting this, providing a wee guard to slam their feet around and present arms when the Hon Joe Politico, MP for Lake Moosedroppings, shows up on a whirlwind visit.