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IAN NICHOLLS is a Research Associate with the Defence Management Studies Program at Queen’s University. He recently retired from the Canadian Forces after a distinguished military career. From 1969 until 1989, Colonel Nicholls served in military logistics and training establishments in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and Canada. He was Base Commander at Canadian Forces Base, Borden, Ontario; and Military Attaché to Mexico and to Central America. From 2001 until his recent retirement, he was Executive Secretary at the Conference of American Armies (CAA), a position in which he responded to military chiefs of 25 countries in Latin America. Colonel Nicholls received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Sir George Williams University in Montreal.
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Authored by Colonel Ian Nicholls, Dr. Jordi Diez.
After the 9/11 attacks on the United States, homeland defense became the primary issue in U.S. defense policy. It was clear that homeland defense would have to become a trilateral continental issue and include Canada and Mexico.