Fourth Generation Warfare

Why Canadian Forces Excel

Tuesday November 27, 2001
The Guardian

"What we are looking at is chaos and ambiguity," says Air Vice-Marshal Brian Burridge, describing what senior officers in the military face in a world of low-intensity warfare and collapsed states. It is his responsibility to see that those who will be called upon to command in these circumstances are able to cope.

Comments about the Canadian Military:

From A Soviet Document: "One of the serious problems in planning against Canadian doctrine is that the Canadians do not read their manuals nor do they feel any obligation to follow their doctrine."

A German General Officer: "The reason that the Canadian Army does well in wartime, is that war is chaos, and the Canadian Army practises chaos on a daily basis."

Anonymous 1st Canadian Division Staff Officer: "If we don't know what we are doing, the enemy certainly can't anticipate our future actions!"


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