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Armed Forces Council


The Armed Forces Council is the senior military body of the Canadian Forces. It meets regularly to advise the Chief of the Defence Staff on broad military matters pertaining to the command, control, and administration of the Canadian Forces and to help the Chief of the Defence Staff make decisions. The Canadian Armed Forces Council is the equivalent of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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The Armed Forces Council is chaired by the Chief of the Defence Staff, generally meets at least once per month, and includes the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, the Environmental Chiefs of Staff, and other senior military advisors.

The current members of the Armed Forces Council are:
  • General Jon Vance - Chief of the Defence Staff
  • Vice-Admiral Mark Norman - Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
  • Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd - Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy
  • Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse - Commander of the Canadian Army
  • Lieutenant-General Mike Hood - Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes - Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command
  • Lieutenant-General Chris Whitecross - Chief Military Personnel
  • Rear-Admiral Jennifer Bennett - Chief of Reserves and Cadets
  • Major-General Blaise Cathcart - Judge Advocate General
  • Major-General Christian Rousseau- Chief of Defence Intelligence
  • Chief Warrant Officer Kevin West
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SOURCE: Department of National Defence.

See also
Chief of the Defence Staff
Canadian Army
Canadian Navy
Canadian Air Force
Disaster Assistance Response Team
Joint Task Force 2
Communications Security Establishment
CFS Alert

External Links
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces Official Website
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