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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Afghanistan drains DND priorities - David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA - A leaked report from the Department of National Defence outlines in blunt terms the failure of General Rick Hillier's plan to transform the Canadian Forces for the future.

Hillier had planned to radically change the military into a super efficient, streamlined, highly mobile force ready to be used at a moment's notice around the world. The report, produced for the Chief of the Defence Staff by three retired generals hired to examine the transformation, suggests the process has been derailed by the Afghanistan war.

At the same time, Canadian Forces personnel in charge of the Afghanistan mission are so overworked and burnt out their organization is probably unsustainable in the long run, says the 62-page report.

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