Senior military leader: Canadians ‘overly comfortable’ as global security shifts

By Sarah Ritchie THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- It’s Bob Auchterlonie’s job to be ready for the next crisis, whether that’s a wildfire, a flood, a hurricane or war on another continent. As the commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command, the vice admiral has had an extraordinary year that included co-ordinating airlifts of Canadians from Sudan and Israel, planning possible evacuations from Lebanon and Haiti, and managing the growing demands for help at home. Looking ahead to 2024, Auchterlonie said he thinks the pressure will continue to mount, and Canadians are “overly comfortable” about their safety as the world changes. In a recent year-end interview, he rattled off a list of international issues he’s keeping a close eye on, from the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and Israel’s war on…

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