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Chief of the Defence Staff fonds
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1.74 m of textual records
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The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is the senior military officer of Canada. The CDS is responsible for the control, administration, and readiness of the Canadian Forces and for the effective conduct of military operations. The position of CDS was created in 1964.
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Fonds consist of National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) action directives (1994 - ) and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) situation reports (sitreps) (1995 - ). The directives emanate from the CDS, began in 1973, and are issued irregularly as the need arises. The situation reports are used to provide information on the major objectives of the Dept. of National Defence and are released on an interim basis. They cover a wide variety of topics relating directly to Canadian Forces personnel as well as planning and policy. Also includes two visitor registers signed by various military commanders from different countries (or from international organizations) on the occasion of their visit to Canada between 1990-2001. In addition, there is a Canadian Forces Manual of Individual Training, Volume 1, General, Part Two, Description. Various training topics are covered for individuals enlisted in Canadian Forces such as computer-assisted learning, management techniques and statistical reporting procedures. Assessment guidelines and factors affecting the learning environment of the trainee are also discussed. Also includes a file regarding the review of Canada-United States nuclear related agreements during 1985-1986. There are also summary records of discussion for the Armed Forces Council (1976-1980) and the Commanders’ Conferences (1970-1975), as well as a CDS directive regarding the 1972/73 Force structure and planned changes [filed under 72/238]. Also includes a file of miscellaneous documents entitled “CDS Operational Directive to Commanders 1976/77”.
Immediate source of acquisition
Part of File 1 was received from Rear-Admiral J.A. King, Associate Acting Deputy Minister (Policy and Communications). Files 2-8 were received in 1971 from the office of the Chief of the Defence Staff. The provenance for file 9 is unknown. Files 10-11 were received in 2005 from Lt-Col S.R. Fash, Office to the Chief of the Defence Staff. File 12 was received in 2007 from the DHH library. File 13 was received in 2006 from John Clearwater. The immediate source of acquisition for files 14-56 is unknown. File 72/338 was received 21 August 1972, and file 96/55 was received 21 November 1996, both from Chief of the Defence Staff.
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Files 14-15 and 21-56 are classified and are stored in Boxes 2 and 4-8. File 25 is stored in the vault.
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Copies of the finding aid can be found in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Electronic copies are also available.
Related records can be found in the Document Collection under the headings “National Defence Headquarters. Chief of the Defence Staff” and “Quartier général de la Défence nationale. Chef de l’État-major de la Défence.” There are also records under "Chief of the Defence Staff" in the Kardex Collection.
Associated material can be found at Library and Archives Canada as a series of the Dept of National Defence fonds, National Defence Headquarters sous-fonds. The series title is Chief of the Defence Staff and the reference number is R112-471-8-E (formerly RG24-G2) / Chef d’état major de la défence and the reference number is R112-471-8-F.
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This is a bilingual fonds. English and French.
Due to the nature of its contents, the sitrep for December 1995 was issued jointly with office of the Deputy Minister, National Defence (DM/SITREP). The documents are filed in chronological order. In November, 2000, accession 95/25, NDHQ action directives, was added to accession 95/138, Chief of Defence Staff situation reports, to create one fonds of CDS material: 95/138.
Originally titled Chief of the Defence Staff situation reports
Due to the nature of its contents, the sitrep for December 1995 was issued jointly with the office of the Deputy Minister, National Defence (DM/SITREP).
This is a bilingual fonds.