Homeland Defences and Land Force Reserves

Venue: Palliser Hotel

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Event Date/Time: Mar 25, 2004 End Date/Time: Mar 27, 2004
Early Registration Date: Feb 01, 2006
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The 2004 International Reserves Conference will follow on the tremendous success of the March 2002 International Reserves Conference held in Calgary and hosted by the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. The 2002 Conference saw high level participation by the land reserve forces of the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia. It was intended as an introduction to the comparative study of the structure, operating procedures, and composition of those forces and an overview of the challenges faced by those forces today. The proceedings of the conference are available as part of the International Reserves Project hosted by the CMSS website.

The March 2004 Conference will build on the experiences of the first conference but delve much more deeply into the major issues arising out of the question: “What is the best way to structure, train, and deploy land force reserves for homeland defence?” The problem will be tackled in two phases. The first will be a comparative structure of what the four nations have in fact been doing since 9/11. The second will examine how the heavy use of the land reserves by the four nations for overseas deployment (Iraq, East Timor, etc) has affected the homeland defence preparations of those countries.

The March 2004 conference will once again seek participation at the highest levels from the Canadian Army, the Australian Army, the British Army, the United States’ Army Reserves, Army National Guard, and Marine Force Reserves. The proceedings of the conference will be published on the internet and in a hard copy version and distributed widely.

The March 2002 Conference was hosted solely by CMSS with substantial financial support from the CDFAI and a number of corporate donors. The March 2004 conference will have as its main source of financial support, the Land Force Reserves Restructure Project Management Office of the Canadian Army and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

It is difficult not to overstress the importance of planning for the use of army or land force reservists in the domestic defence planning for Canada in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks or in the ongoing war on terrorism that has also directly impacted Canada.


Additional Information

Online registration is possible at www.peopleware.net/1540