A kitbomb is a popular term in the Canadian Armed Forces, referring to the mess that results when a soldier (usually a panicky recruit on basic training) careless rifles through their ruck sack or duffel bag, leaving clothes scattered everywhere and making a bigger problem for themselves then when they started. I'm mentioning this because … Continue reading 34-When Billy met Molly
Well, it’s Monday again. How about we start the week off with a nice long run-on sentence! As Canada Command staff officers watched and assessed the situation in Quebec and elsewhere after the raids on the ammo compounds, the growing hints of wider trouble suggested that their worst planning scenario, “a prolonged, coordinated challenge to … Continue reading 33-Wargaming…on a map!
Okay let’s get this deconstruction moving forward again! The ITAC is a professional body of experts from across the Canadian security and intelligence field. They have been convened to analyze the threat posed by the NPA, and what they come up with will help to establish policy for the government response. Now Douglas Bland spent … Continue reading 32-Abandon all hope
Okay. Back to business. So to further build upon my thoughts from the last deconstruction post, another thing that’s leaving me more and more perplexed is the fact that Douglas Bland really doesn’t seem to understand COMSEC, or communications security. This is especially evident in the fact that his NPA headquarters, the Complex in Akwesasne, … Continue reading 31.2-Take a Minute…
***The most recent post in the deconstruction turned my thoughts down some dark paths. Specifically about tragedy and loss, and the grief of survivors. Be warned, this post will include discussions of suicide and the death of young people. The fact that Douglas Bland hasn't seen fit to consider these subjects makes it all the … Continue reading 31.1-Losing Generations
Bland deliberately skips over Stevenson’s recap of ‘the real targets,’ possibly as a way of building tension, or possibly as a way of not having to repeat himself a fourth time. Instead the ex-Col gives his troops a bit of a pep talk by reminding his staff that the IRA managed to fight the British … Continue reading 31-Stevenson’s Assumptions + COMSEC
Back in the ITAC, Quadra thinks he has both sides of the equation covered: One of his people thinks Stevenson is just so awesome that any place where he is seen must be the NPA's main effort (and therefore they can ignore all that other stuff happening at the other end of the country). The … Continue reading 30-Quick! Back to the ITAC!
We jump now from the ITAC, to Stevenson's headquarters in Winnipeg. It’s possible that we, the readers, still haven’t figured out what the western units of the NPA are planning, so just to be on the safe side Bland has his man Col Sam ‘Steele’ Stevenson spend the next two pages explaining it all over … Continue reading 29-Open Road
So we segue now from Alex Gabriel’s musings about Winnipeg and Louis Riel to, naturally, a scene at the Integrated Threat Assessment Centre (ITAC)! Uh…okay… So if you’ve never heard of them, the ITAC is a real life entity made up of representatives from multiple police and intelligence services that can be brought together to … Continue reading 28-And now…the ITAC!
It’s about time we wrapped up the Winnipeg Map Recce. Alex Gabriel feels he’s ready to return to Stevenson’s HQ, and finally meet his subordinates. He’ll tell them exactly how they’re going to take and hold down town Winnipeg against all comers, and they will no doubt feel privileged to hear it, since he spent … Continue reading 27-Winnipeg Map Recce (3): Morale & Motivation!