Fonds 81/232 - Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff fonds

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Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff fonds

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CA ON00093 81/232

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  • 1973-1994 (Creation)

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45.5 cm of textual records

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The Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (DCDS) is the Chief Operations Officer for the Canadian Forces, exercising command and control of formations and units deployed on national operations on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS). The DCDS organization consists of a joint planning and operations staff at National Defence Headquarters, Canadian Forces staff and representatives posted abroad and their supporting units and several specialist units that together provide a wide range of support to Canadian Forces operations and personnel serving outside of Canada. This organization provides the national level operations coordination capability and integrates intelligence analysis, strategic planning, operational research and geomatics. The DCDS is responsible in particular for: Exercising command and control of non routine and contingency operations on behalf of the CDS; Ensuring the effective production and sissemination of all natures of defence intelligence including imagery, geomatics and meteorlogical and oceanographic services; Overseeing joint reponsibilities such as out-of-Canada activities, joint capabilities development, joint programs and common doctrine; Providing joint force elements to joint and combined operations; and Providing operational research and analysis. Following the establishment and success of the Joint Staff System (J-System), the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (DCDS) was placed under the direction of the Vice-Chief of the Defence staff (VCDS) on 15 July 1992 in an effort in an effort to increase organizational efficency. The DCDS is now divided into two branches under the VCDS - DCDS (ISO) intelligence, security and operations - and - DCDS (FPD) force planning development.

Custodial history

The Directorate of History and Heritage first received NDHQ instructions DCDS in 1981, adding them to its Document Collection. Over the years, the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff has sent new instructions which have been added to this fonds. Further accruals are expected.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of NDHQ Instructions DCDS, National Defence Headquarters instructions issued on the authority of the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff. These instructions cover a wide range of issues. Also includes the documents entitled "History of North American Aerospace Defence Command", and "Operation Plan Bugle" and Operation "Operation Plan Atlas".

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Fonds acquired from Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff.


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  • English
  • French

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Most file are classified.

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Finding aids

Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Electronic copies are also available.

Associated materials

The Directorate of History and Heritage's archives contains many documents related to or written by the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff. Among them are the following items, all of which are part of our Document Collection:
84/270: "Operational Guidance to Commands/ Lignes de conduite opérationnelle à l'intention des commandements", 1984 to 1989, Confidential/Confidentiel.
75/135: "CF METRA Operational Reporting System (NDHQ Instruction DCDS 14/74)", 28 June 1974.
77/469: "Operations Promenade, Lute, Gable; Final Report. Memorandum to Chief of the Defence Staff re Assistance at Laval and British Columbia Penitentiaries", September 1976.
83/190: "Proposed Text on Reserves for Presentation by the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff to CDLS (L) Exchange Officers' Conference", 20 February 1979.
83/201: "Address to the National Defence College by LGen G.C.E. Thériault, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, on the Canadian Forces in Domestic Operations", 28 March 1979, Confidential.
83/198: "Exercise Wintex/Cimex 79; Special Preliminary Report", 30 April 1979, NATO Secret.
83/212: "Lieutenant-General G.C.E. Thériault, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, Address to Canadian Forces College on the DCDS Group", 7 September 1979, Confidential.
83/199: "Visit of Minister of National Defence to Washington", 26 September 1979, Secret.
83/213: "Electronic Warfare; DCDS Sponsored Seminars", 26 Oct. 81-22 July 82, Secret.
88/203: "Oplan Boreal; The Assembly, Deployment and Employment of a Canadian Task Force for the Defence of North Norway", 31 March 1987, NATO Secret.
87/271: "DCDS After Action Report; ARMX 87", 1 September 1987.
88/205: "Oplan Talon; The Mounting, Deployment and Reception of the Canadian Rapid Reinforcement Squadron [for Central Region]", 15 February 1988, NATO Secret.
88/50: "DCDS Tasking Order Operation Nile; DCDS 042. Message re Airlift of Food in Ethiopia", 19 May 1988, Confidential.
89/621: "Letter of Promulgation; HQDP 430A Oplan Sting; Deployment Augmentation CF-185 to CFE", February 1989, Secret.
90/63: "Oplan Bugle; Deployment of the 1st Canadian Division to Europe for Employment in NATO's Central Region", 30 November 1989, NATO Secret.
90/225: "DCDS After Action Report; ARMX 89", 27 February 1990.
91/390: "Statement by the DCDS Concerning the Defence Planning and Force Development Process Presented at the Senior Executives Symposium/Exposé du SCEMD concernant le processus de développement de la force à l'occasion du symposium des cadres de direction", 9-11 Oct. 1991.
94/18: "Training Requirements for Peacekeeping Operations/Programme d'instruction pour les opérations de maintien de la paix", 29 Dec. 1993.
75/213: "Death Sentences in the Canadian Forces", 16 April 1975, Classified.
92/185: "Vice Chief of the Defence Staff/Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff Amalgation/ Fusion des cabinets Vice-chef d'état-major de la Défense/Sous-chef d'état-major de la Défense", 26 May - 16 Jul. 1992.

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Further accruals are expected.

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This is a bilingual fonds. English and French.

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This is a bilingual fonds.

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