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I had to search that as it sounded familiar... as in 'familiar levels of national shame'
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The CAF is more than capable of delivering a Light Bde anywhere in the world inside 72hrs based on their current capability.
Faster if we help
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This activation, which took place by mutual consent Dec. 5, 2001, was the first one since the Canada - United States Integrated Lines of Communication Agreement was signed in 1979.
"The agreement was somewhat used during the Gulf War and Kosovo, however (before Operation Enduring Freedom) it's never been formally activated," said Canadian army Maj. Serge Pelletier, assigned to Military Traffic Management Command headquarters. "When activated, (Canadian and U.S.) transportation resources and infrastructure blend into one."
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Originally designed to support a NATO conflict in Europe, the agreement's mandate was widened after the Gulf War to cover any operation in which both countries participate anywhere in the world.
"The agreement is unique," said Lt. Col. Jean-Pierre Pichette, Canada's senior representative to the agreement, serving at U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. "It is a bilateral agreement between two partner nations which, when activated, blends the entire North American transportation infrastructure and resources into a single system."
This is also Pichette's second tour as a Canada-United States Integrated Lines of Communication Agreement officer. He worked with the agreement in the mid-1980s while assigned in Ramstein, Germany, with the U.S. Air Force Europe.
"It is activated by mutual consent," said Pichette. "It was activated for the very first time on December 5, 2001. We are now reaping the benefits of the more than 20 years we have invested in the agreement moving a steady flow of cargo to support our troops half way around the world. We are making logistics history and are setting the way for the future."
There is a key difference between the agreement and the Cooperative Airlift Agreement, said Maj. Sylvain Turbide, a Canadian officer assigned to the Air Mobility Command.
"Under the Canada-United States Integrated Lines of Communication Agreement, Canada can ship cargo on American planes according to its priority," said Turbide. "The cargo moves according to its priority, so the highest priority cargo leaves on the next plane?the country of ownership of the cargo and the aircraft does not come into play whatsoever."
The Cooperative Airlift Agreement only allows shipment on a space available basis.
The Canada-United States Integrated Lines of Communication Agreement enables Canada to take advantage of the vast American transportation resources to better support our troops deployed on operations, said Pichette.
The agreement is not only for the movement of freight, said Maj. Phyllis O'Grady, a Canadian officer assigned to the Command Surgeon's Office at U.S. Transportation Command.
"There is a health care side to it," said O'Grady. "It can also be used to transport our sick or injured troops from the area of operation back to North America." . . .
I really don't hang out with the conventional forces.
Keep ringing the alarm. Maybe it will eventually wake someone up and we'll get those IFVs. Until then we'll have to use what we have.I understand your point - but I feel remiss if I don't constantly ring the alarm bell on heavier assets for high intensity conflict.
I've got no objection to a Light Brigade. In fact I think it's actually a good match for Canada. Working with 11th Airborne as an Arctic force for domestic defence would be a great synergy. Such a unit would also be ideal for reinforcement of the Nordic front (Finland, Sweden, Norway) in case of a conflict with Russia and Light forces would be more useful in the Pacific if ever required there as well.See mine
5 C-17 and 20 odd Herc's
I would say yes.
There would need to be a lot of sealift as well -- which would probably also be bringing heavier forces.
I think everyone agrees that the Reserve system needs to change. Just no one is willing to actually make the change.
Medium means too Heavy to Move easy - to Light to Fight
Properly Equipped Light Forces can do a lot - especially in the beginning stages - but when use comes to shove you need a true heavy force -- the Medium "gap" really is a Peace Enforcement Low Intensity role IMHO.
If you are going to those -- you can put LI folks in the back of Armor Driven LAV if you need more troops.
When you look at the response to the Ukrainian Invasion -- we (USA) moved XVIII Airborne into theatre first - then V (Heavy) Corps.
The Joint Ground-based Air Defence Command (Dutch: Defensie Grondgebonden Luchtverdedigingscommando, DGLC) is a joint command of the Royal Netherlands Army, formed in 2012 after amalgamation of the Commando Luchtdoelartillerie (Anti-aircraft Artillery Command) of the Royal Netherlands Army and the Groep Geleide Wapens (Group Guided Weapons) of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The command is responsible for all ground-based air defence tasks and consists of both army and air force personnel. The DGLC employs an integrated layered air-defence approach featuring FIM-92 Stinger, NASAMS II and MIM-104 Patriot systems.
444x Vehicle Mounted ManPADs - Stinger/RBS70/Grom/Piorun284x Iris/Crotale/CAMM
1000 ManPADs Launchers.
That being said, if we did free up 3 x Battalions worth of LAVs for the Reserves by reducing the Reg Force to two Brigades (1 x Heavy-ish and 1 x Light) then the only way I see making use of them for the Reserves would be to place them where there is already support available and where there is a large enough concentration of Reservists to make use of them.
The answer is yes.I wonder if anyone's 'done the math' on what we can fit into our strategic movement fleet, and what we can send to Europe on Day 1-30ish?
Can we resolve these issues by lumping the 12 Combat Arms Units into a single, common combined arms Corps?
Not if you figure in aircraft down time, distance travelled, crew rest/limitations. I no longer have any idea how long it would take but I think 72 hours is very optimistic even if one were to take as a given that the brigade is ready and configured to move.The CAF is more than capable of delivering a Light Bde anywhere in the world inside 72hrs based on their current capability.
Faster if we help
US Army air defence is undergoing a bit of a revival after several decades of neglect (not as bad as ours but neglect nonetheless) ADA battalions are held within ADA brigades (ADAB) which reside in Army Air and Missile Defence Commands (AADMC). Many ADA units were deactivated and almost all Avenger battalions relegated to the ARNG. Patriot, C-RAM and THAAD stayed with the Active Army.How does the US army manage and integrate air defence with its BCTs? As an example, shouldn't there be a Stryker MSHORAD troop or squadron in an SBCT? Avengers in an IBCT?
There are 5 ABCTs and 2 SBCTs in the US ARNG.An argument in favour of reservist tankers. The British operate a “crew replacement” regiment in their Royal Yeomanry. Training extra bodies to replace shortages / losses isn’t the worst idea and the SALH are actually ideally suited to the task being in Edmonton and able to make use of simulators on a weekend or join in on exercises when able.
It seems like (along with reserve reform) the big key to pulling this off is pulling the 40 A4+ out of a pooled training fleet and assigning them to Squadrons. Is that only made possible by having them all co-sited or could it be viewed general possibility?There are 5 ABCTs and 2 SBCTs in the US ARNG.
While replacement crews are a good start, more can be done when there is a will. Canada sadly lacks will.
Lets look at this from a pure cost point of view. Canada hasn't sent tanks to war in 11 years. We haven't even deployed them to Latvia. Our armoured force is at this point a stand-by force and a training vehicle. (Both of which in my mind are a necessity). We have enough tanks for a full armoured regiment but are strained on PYs. One could convert an Alberta armoured unit to a pure 2A4+/2A4M tank regiment on a 30/70 basis and still have enough RegF personnel to man the HQ and one tank squadron to stay proficient in the skills needed and to provide training support to the mech inf battalions that need to practice combined arms operations for Latvia. The other two squadrons could be manned by a small (10%) RegF element and by a large (90%) ResF members training in the summers.
That brings down the recurring annual costs of the armoured regiment to less than half as well as reduce the wear and tear on the equipment.
That could free up roughly 200 PYs to bulk out a properly organized 70/30 cavalry regiment including a squadron of 2A6Ms, one LAV Surv squadron and two recce squadrons (one RegF and one ResF). Just for the hell of it lets call the tank regiment the KOCR and the cavalry regt the LdSH.
Those two documents were an awesome read and precisely what I was looking for!If any of you read the Congressional Report I linked above -- one chapter is...
Should there be a Legislative Provision on Future Divestment of SHOARD Capability?
Canada wasn't the only player to dump needed capabilities during GWOT
|1st Cav||1 ABCT||3 Cav Sqn||4x Div||11x ABCT||33x CAB|
|1st Cav||2 ABCT||3 Cav Sqn|
|1st Cav||3 ABCT||3 Cav Sqn|
|1st Armd||1 ABCT||2 Armd||1 Inf|
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|4th Inf||2 SBCT||3 Bn|
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|7th Inf||1-2 Stryker||3 Bn|
|7th Inf||2-2 Stryker||3 Bn|
|10th Inf||1 IBCT||3 Bn||3x Div||10x IBCT (a)||30x LIB|
|10th Inf||2 IBCT||3 Bn|
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|11th Inf||1 IBCT||3 Bn|
|11th Inf||2 IBCT||2 Bn||2x Div||4x IBCT (b)||8x LIB|
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