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Sovereignty and Command in Canada–US Continental Air Defence, 1940–57

The 1940 Ogdensburg Agreement entrenched a formal defence relationship between Canada and the United States – but was Canadian sovereignty upheld? Sovereignty and Command combines historical narrative with conceptual analysis of sovereignty, command and control systems, military professionalism, and civil-military relations to document the sometimes fractious Canada–US continental air defence relationship. Richard Goette argues that a functional military transition from an air defence system based on cooperation to one based on integrated and centralized command and control under NORAD allowed Canada to retain command of its forces and thus protect Canadian sovereignty.

Table of Contents


By Lieutenant-General Pierre St-Amand


1 Command and Control, Sovereignty, Civil–Military Relations, and the Profession of Arms

2 Command and Control Culture and Systems

3 Wartime Planning for Command and Control

4 Wartime Operational Level Command and Control

5 Replacing ABC-22

6 Organizing and Coordinating Canada–US Air Defences

7 The US Northeast Command

8 Integrating North American Air Defences under Operational Control


Appendices; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index

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