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Encyclopedia > Department of National Defence (Canada)

Departments of the Government of Canada

National Defence
Défense nationale
Minister Gordon O'Connor
Parliamentary Secretary Russ Hiebert
Established 1923
Responsibilities Defence
Employees 22,000 civilian (2004)

85,000 military (2004) Image File history File links Fip-sig-mnd_e. ... Hon. ... Russ Hiebert (born February 8, 1969) is the Canadian Member of Parliament for South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...

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The Department of National Defence, frequently referred to by its acronym DND, is the department within the government of Canada with responsibility for Canada's military, known as the Canadian Forces. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Backronym and Apronym (Discuss) Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, such as NATO, laser, and ABC, written as the initial letter or letters of words, and pronounced on the basis of this abbreviated written form. ... A ministry is a department of a government, led by a minister. ... Canadian Forces Flag The Canadian Armed Forces (Fr. ... The Canadian Forces (French: Forces canadiennes), abbreviated as CF (French: FC), are the combined armed forces of Canada. ...


DND is the largest federal department in terms of personnel/employees and budget; there are 62,000 members of the Canadian Forces regular force, 23,000 members of the Canadian Forces primary reserve force, and approximately 22,000 civilian DND support employees. The department's budget in Fiscal Year 2005-2006 was about C$15 billion. [1]In 2006, the government announced a C$17 billion spending program for capital projects.


Until a December 2003 reorganization of the federal government, DND was in charge of emergency preparedness and response in Canada, through the Office of Critical Infrastructure and Emergency Preparedness. DND also holds responsibility for the Communications Security Establishment which is an organization staffed by a mixture of civilian and military personnel. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness is the department of the government of Canada with responsibility for protecting Canadians and helping to maintain a peaceful and safe society. ... The CSE badge The Communications Security Establishment or CSE is an intelligence agency of the Canadian government, charged with the duty of keeping track of foreign signals intelligence. ...


DND is led by the Minister of National Defence and is headquartered at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa. The Minister of National Defence (French: Ministre de la Défense nationale) is the Canadian politician within the Cabinet of Canada responsible for the Department of National Defence which oversees the Canadian Forces. ... Department of National Defence Headquarters. ... Motto: Advance Ottawa/Ottawa en avant Location of the City of Ottawa in the Province of Ontario Coordinates: Country Canada Province Ontario Established 1850 as Town of Bytown Incorporated 1855 as City of Ottawa Amalgamated January 1, 2001 Mayor Larry OBrien Local government Ottawa City Council (21 councillors) MPs...

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History

DND was created with the passage of the National Defence Act on January 1, 1923 through an amalgamation of the Department of Naval Services with the Department of Militia and Defence and the Air Board. DND was intended to reduce administrative costs among the three services, as well as improve the coordination of national security policies. DND brought under a single department, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Militia and Canadian Army, and the Canadian Air Force (later the Royal Canadian Air Force). A 1923 Canadian Act that merged the Ministry of Militia and Defence with the Ministry of the Naval Service and the newly created Ministry of Aviation Categories: Military history of Canada ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Department of Naval Services (Canada) was the department responsible for the naval services in Canada during the transition from the Royal Navy to the Royal Canadian Navy. ... Department of Militia and Defence (Canada) was the department responsible for the army in Canada. ... The Air Board (Canada) was the department responsible for the air force in Canada during the transition from the Royal Air Force and the establishment of the Royal Canadian Air Force. ... The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) was the navy of Canada from 1911 until 1968 when the three branches of the Canadian military were merged into the Canadian Armed Forces. ... Canadian Forces Land Force Command (LF) is responsible for army operations within the Canadian Armed Forces. ... The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) was the air force of Canada from 1924 until 1968 when the three branches of the Canadian military were merged into the Canadian Forces. ...


Early efforts at integrating the services failed and the RCN, army, and RCAF maintained separate headquarters. During the Second World War, a Minister of National Defence for Air and a Minister of National Defence for Naval Services were appointed in May and July 1940 respectively. In 1946, DND reverted to having a single minister, whereby efforts were renewed at reducing duplication among the services. Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... Minister of National Defence for Air (Canada) was the minister responsible for the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. The post was merged into the current post of the Minister of National Defence (Canada). ... Minister of National Defence for Naval Services (Canada) was the minister responsible for the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. The post was merged into the current post of the Minister of National Defence (Canada) Categories: | ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


In 1964, the position Chief of Defence Staff was created, replacing the heads of the individual services as the nation's top military officer, and on February 1, 1968, the three services were merged to form the Canadian Armed Forces. In a controversial October 1972 DND reorganization, the previously separate civilian and military branches in Ottawa were merged to form the single Department of National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ), with appointments being filled by both civilians and Canadian Forces officers. 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) is the senior member of the Canadian Forces and reports directly to the Minister of National Defence. ... February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... The Canadian Forces (CF) (Fr: Forces canadiennes (FC)) are the combined branches of the military of Canada. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


Trivia

  • In 1974 the Defence Research Board was absorbed by DND.
  • DND funds a national youth program called Cadets Canada.

Cadets Canada is a marketing name representing the Canadian cadet organizations:Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets and their sponsors; The Canadian Forces, the Department of National Defence, The Navy League, The Army Cadet League and the Air Cadet League, as well as local community sponsors and parents...

See also

The Canadian Forces (French: Forces canadiennes), abbreviated as CF (French: FC), are the combined armed forces of Canada. ... Canadian Forces Land Force Command (LFC) is responsible for army operations within the Canadian Forces. ... HMCS Bastion, flagship of the Canadian Navy. ... CF-18 off the coast Hawaii CH-124 Sea King CH-149 Cormorant CC-115 Buffalo Canadian Forces Air Command (AIRCOM) is the air force element of the Canadian Forces. ...

External links

  • Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces


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