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News | June 8, 2015

Canada's Chief of Defence Staff concludes bilateral meetings with American counterpart

By Canadian Armed Forces

The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, completed bilateral meetings with his United States counterpart, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington D.C. on Thursday, June 4.

General Lawson, accompanied by Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army, Major-General Michael Hood, Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff, and Brigadier-General David Anderson, CDS Liaison Officer to the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed a range of matters with General Dempsey and other senior U.S. military leaders.

Quick Facts

  • Among the topics discussed were NORAD requirements, new and emerging threats, regional strategies, as well as enhanced Canada-US cooperation.
  • The CDS and the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff maintain a close working relationship and are committed to improving Canada-US military cooperation.


“Canada shares a close and long-standing defence relationship with the United States. We work together to ensure continental security through NORAD and we work together internationally, as exemplified by our support for NATO assurance measures, and our close partnership on such key matters as supporting a sovereign Ukraine and combatting the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This visit provided our respective military leadership with a tremendous opportunity to exchange information, discuss common challenges, and look to new opportunities to work together in the future.”

General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff

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For more information about Canada’s relationship with the United States, please consult the following backgrounder entitled Canada-U.S. Defence Relations.