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ItemThe emergence of a "doctrinal culture" within the Canadian Air Force: where it came from, where it's at and where to from here? Part 1: Doctrine and the Canadian Air Force prior to the end of the Cold War(Royal Canadian Air Force, 2009) Jackson, Aaron P.The culture of the Canadian Air Force, like most other Western air forces, has not been traditionally characterised by a tendency towards theoretical or doctrinal development. Instead, an oral (rather than written) culture of passing lessons from senior to junior officers evolved early in the history of the Canadian Air Force and subsequently became entrenched. This was accompanied by a tendency to pragmatically focus on contemporary issues, to the detriment of broader theoretical and doctrinal development.
ItemThe emergence of a "doctrinal culture" within the Canadian Air Force: where it came from, where it's at and where to from here? Part 2 : Towards a doctrinal culture within the Canadian Air Force(Royal Canadian Air Force, 2009) Jackson, Aaron P.Drawing on the background provided in Part 1, this article examines the Canadian Air Force's attempts to develop doctrine since the formation of Air Command in 1975. This examination is undertaken in three sections. First, limited doctrine development between 1975 and 1989 is briefly discussed. Second, doctrine development during the 1990s is analysed in relation to the international rejuvenation of air power theory that occurred during that decade. Third, the apparent emergence of a tentative doctrinal culture within the Canadian Air Force during the past decade is considered. In conclusion, the future potential of this tentative culture is addressed, and some challenges that remain to be overcome are highlighted.