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Tactical Decision Games

Welcome to the Canadian Army Journal’s tactical decision games

Tactical decision games (TDG) are abbreviated tactical exercises without troops designed to present the reader with a challenging tactical scenario without full information. They are meant to be executed within a limited time frame, with few resources, and to be focused on the delivery of a solution to the tactical problem as opposed to an estimate of the situation. They are designed to be a flexible and effective training aide that will help soldiers, non-commissioned officers, and officers with their analytical and intuitive decision-making skills. There are few rules for engaging with TDGs—you can make it up as you go, challenge one another or even use history or science fiction to arrive at a solution. You can use a white board, terrain model or actual terrain; the only limit is your imagination.

Attached is the inaugural TDG, a simple tactical scenario designed to challenge the reader’s critical-thinking and decision-making skills. At a future date, a suggested solution to this TDG will be posted on this site. It is hoped that this initiative will be challenging and interesting for the readers and that it will become a valued component of a leader’s practical toolbox for developing their individual or collective decision-making capability. 

The Canadian Army Journal (CAJ) would like to thank Major Matthew Rolls for his initiative on TDGs and for working with the CAJ staff to make this page a reality. For more detailed information on TDGs, please see Major Rolls’ article in Canadian Army Journal 18.2.  

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Feature Content

The Asymmetric Army: Transforming the Army for Force 2025

Lieutenant-Colonel Cole F. Petersen, Canadian Army

As the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) enters the 2020s, it finds itself operating in an international environment facing a series of pacing threats—state and non-state actors making progress toward militarily challenging the West. In the face of these threats, the CAF is adapting. Under the aegis of Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy (SSE), the CAF has undertaken efforts to identify and build the appropriate force structure to meet the operational requirements of an uncertain and competitive international environment. Read more (.pdf 2 MB) .

Emerging Issues

Religious Leader Engagement: Global Warming, Sea-Level Rise and the Impact of Mass Migration in 2050 and Beyond

S. K. Moore, CD, Ph.D.

There is increasing unease today regarding the warming of the planet, the resulting sea-level rise (SLR) and its potential impact on populations of low-lying islands, coasts and communities globally. A probable consequence of extreme coastal water levels (ECWL) is a surge in mass migration of distressed peoples to higher elevations further inland in search of security and sustenance. Compounding these challenges is the warming of the oceans themselves. Due to trapped greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the atmosphere, higher temperatures are consistently creating
the conditions for cyclone and hurricane seasons of greater intensity. This article will focus on the effects of continued SLR and what the future holds for populations of low-lying coastlines globally. Read more (.pdf 2.1 MB).

From the Archives

Professional Discourse in the Canadian Army: A Call to Arms

Lieutenant-General Wayne D. Eyre, CMM, MSC, CD

Even a hermit would be hard-pressed not to feel the tremors of tectonic change upon us. The sweeping forces of geopolitics, climate, technology, demographics and more, all against the backdrop of human fallibility, are transforming our world in ways hard to imagine. Our reality is not what it once was, and certainly will not be the one we envisioned for our future selves. Read more (.pdf 1.9 MB).

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