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Working within this environment, the Canadian military's security perspective tended to reflect that of its alliance partner. In assuming the strategic perspective of the US military, and in having a professional interest in maintaining the cooperative relationship, the Canadian military acquired a vested interest in shaping Canadian defence policy to reflect US preferences. For this endeavour, the military was well situated. By participating in defence program planning for the continent in military forums that were largely inaccessible to direct input from, or monitoring by, Canadian political decision-makers, the Canadian military participated in setting the agenda upon which Ottawa deliberated.

It was also implicitly clear that the plan was to deploy nuclear weapons in Canada in peacetime, in anticipation of hostilities. The Report also anticipated Canada's acquisition of the BOMARC missile, and the operational readiness of the Avro Arrow, the CF-105: The Royal Canadian Air Force plans to expand its forces to twelve fighter squadrons by fiscal year 1960 with a possible further expansion of three squadrons or, alternatively, to add two BOMARC units later. The RCAF also plans to convert to CF 105 type aircraft commencing fiscal year I960.

Hence, it appeared that Canada would retain 28 Dilemmas in Defence Decision-Making command of its forces, relinquishing only operational control of those forces it assigned to the joint command, when it chose to assign them. The MSG report, however, defined 'command' as having control over 'logistic support, administration, discipline, internal organization and unit training' of a command's forces. ' The report also stated that the authority exercising 'operational control over all continental elements of the air defence forces made available for the air defence of Canada, the Continental United States and Alaska' should be the Commander-in-Chief of the new integrated command.

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