31 août 2020 | Local, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR

How Canada Fights

DEFENCE DECONSTRUCTED PODCAST

August 28, 2020

On this episode of the Defence Deconstructed Podcast, David Perry speaks to Canadian Joint Operations Command's BGen David Anderson and Dr. Michael Roi about how the Canadian Armed Forces are adapting their operations in a new defence and security environment.

Defence Deconstructed is part of the CGAI Podcast Network and is brought to you by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI).

Participant Biographies:

  • Brigadier-General David J. Anderson: is the Chief of Staff Readiness of the Canadian Joint Operations Command.
  • Dr. Michael L. Roi: a Senior Strategic Analyst at the Canadian Joint Operations Command.

Host Biography:

  • Dave Perry (host): Senior Analyst and Vice President with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

https://www.cgai.ca/how_canada_fights

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