Colonel Bernd Horn is a retired Canadian Regular Force infantry officer and military educator. Dr. Horn has authored, co-authored, or edited more than forty books, including A Most Ungentlemanly Way of War: The SOE and the Canadian Connection and No Lack of Courage: Operation Medusa, Afghanistan. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Forced to Change
Undeniably, the 1990s were a period of crisis for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Drastic budget reductions and a series of endless scandals all collided to form the perfect storm. The outcome of this was nothing short of the implosion of the Canadian Armed Forces Officer Corps.
Stripped by the government of the right to regulate itself, the Officer Corps, which represented the nationâ€™s stewards of the profession of arms, was forced to reform itself. Key to this transformation was education. However, the road was not easy, as cultural change rarely is.
Forced to Change tells the story of how the Canadian Armed Forces found itself at its lowest point in history and how it managed to reform itself. The question is whether it was a fundamental transformation or just a temporary adjustment to weather the storm.
A timely book for Canadians and those interested in the policies of other countriesâ€™ militaries.
Dr. Bill Bentley has served in the Department of National Defence for 46 years. He received the DM/CDS Innovation Award for writing Duty With Honour: The Profession of Arms in Canada, and the Meritorious Service Medal for his contribution to the reform of the CF Professional Development System. He lives in Gananoque, Ontario.