Yesterday’s War and Tomorrow’s Army: Connecting Afghanistan Experience to Training Modernization 30-31 January 2013

Annual Gregg Centre – Combat Training Centre Conference

This event brings Canadian Forces personnel, academics, officials from partnered government departments, NGOs, students and the general public together in one forum to discuss defence matters of import to the nation. Our unique emphasis falls on how national and international policy relates to soldiers deployed on active operations. The event is co-organized with the CTC’s Tactics School.

Key participants include instructor cadre from corps and branch schools at CFB Gagetown’s Combat Training Centre making this event a vehicle for disseminating new research throughout the army. Members of other Canadian Forces elements and branches are encouraged to attend. The conference is also open to civilians, academics and students who wish to see inside today’s Canadian Forces.

“Yesterday’s War and Tomorrow’s Army:
Connecting Afghanistan Experience to Training Modernization”

30-31 January 2013
Wu Conference Centre, 6 Duffie Drive,
UNB Fredericton

Featuring keynote address by Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, Commander, Canadian Army
Major-General Steve Bowes, Commander, Land Force Doctrine and Training System Headquarters

Past, Present, and Future Reality

Today’s Canadian Army is wealthy in operational experience from Afghanistan. However, integrating recent lessons must balance against the challenge of incorporating new technologies, modernizing training and preparing the next generation of leaders and soldiers for future missions. This year’s Gregg Centre – Combat Training Centre Annual Conference considers which lessons from Afghanistan are worth remembering and assimilating into the Canadian Army training system.

Day 1 will feature papers and presentations looking back on ten years of Canadian and NATO best practices, new technologies, organizational issues and problems that emerged from operations in Afghanistan and especially Kandahar. The aim is to promote a common understanding of about what happened during Canada’s most recent war and an open discussion about successes and failures.

Day 2 will consist of smaller workshops to consider questions of whether, where and how Afghanistan experience can be employed to prepare Canadian soldiers for the future. Tentative workshop topics are listed below. Participants may register for Day 1 only or the full conference, including the Day 2 workshop.

Future Multi-National Expeditionary Operations

Problems posed by failed or failing states remain among the most pressing international security challenges facing Canada and its allies. Experience in Afghanistan and other recent military interventions is changing how the international community reacts to the problem, but it is nevertheless probable that the Canadian Forces will be called upon to dispatch forces to help stabilize a failed state in the future.

These missions require cooperation with Foreign Affairs, the Canadian International Development Agency, Alliance partners, UN and other International Organizations in order to synchronize the “Whole of Government” or integrated approach.  Before another such enterprise begins, the nation must honestly assess the last decade of operations in Afghanistan. New concepts have been tested and proven. Others have failed and require new thinking. This year’s conference will bring those who served in Afghanistan in uniform or as civilians, together with academics and policy makers to discuss how the last ten years can positively shape the next ten.


For more information, visit the Gregg Centre’s website here.

The conference is open to the public. For more information and to register, please contact Valerie Gallant ([email protected]) at the Gregg Centre.

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Contact Information

Matt Baker, Senior Research Associate and Centre Coordinator
[email protected]
(519) 884-0710 ext. 2080

Business Hours
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, Canada
N2L 3C5

Physical Address
232 King St. N. Waterloo, ON

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