Colonel Patrick M. Dennis

Patrick-DennisColonel Patrick M. Dennis (Ret’d), OMM, CD


Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS), Wilfrid Laurier University


A former Fighter Controller in the Canadian Air Force, he served abroad for over 22 years. Apart from senior staff tours, he flew with both NORAD and NATO AWACS, was Canada’s Deputy Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee and the Canadian Defence Attaché to Israel from 2001- 2004. Subsequently he lectured on “global political-military issues” at Wilfrid Laurier University (2008 – 2011) and from 2009-2013 was an instructor in Command and Management with the Canadian Forces College, Toronto.

A graduate of the United States Armed Forces Staff College (Norfolk, Virginia) and the NATO Defence College (Rome, Italy), he has an M.A. in Communication and Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.

Selected Publications

“1918 Year of the Conscript.” Canada’s History (May 2018): 40 – 47.

Reluctant Warriors: Canadian Conscripts and the Great War. Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 2017.

“Comments on ‘Reflections on the Balkans Air Wars,’” Air Power History 57, 3 (Fall 2010), 46-48.

“A Canadian Conscript Goes to War – August 1918: Old Myths Re-examined,” Canadian Military History 18, 1 (Winter, 2009), 21-36.

“NATO AWACS: Alliance Keystone for Out of Area Operations,” Canadian Military Journal 8, 4 (Winter, 2007-2008), 22-31.


Invested by Governor-General Jeanne Sauvé as an Officer in the Order of Military Merit in 1986.