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

Richard Goette

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  • Published: August 2018
  • Subject Listing: History / Canadian History
  • Bibliographic information: 272 pp., 21 illus., 4 maps, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
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The 1940 Ogdensburg Agreement entrenched a formal defence relationship between Canada and the United States - but was Canadian sovereignty upheld? Sovereignty and Command in Canada-US Continental Air Defence, 1940-57 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.
Richard Goette is an air power academic and Canadian air force historian. He is assistant professor in the Royal Military College of Canada's Department of Defence Studies located at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.