INTRODUCTION Major General William Cabot Chief of General Staff The Cape Breton Liberation Army hopes to become Cape Breton's military response force. The Army is able to quickly provide a flexible range of options to the Government. The Army can support the Police and Emergency Services; and provide a range of options from individuals to a complete battalion group for peace support options, low level emergencies in the region or collective security operations with Allies. The future Army - the Army of 2015 and beyond - must be just as versatile, responsive and flexible. In order to retain its utility to Government, the Army must respond to the significant demographic changes that Cape Breton faces in the future. An aging work force will result in the Army being in competition with industry and commerce for military age people. VISION STATEMENT The future CBLA will be an agile, mobile, technologically advanced force. Future force deployments will be harder hitting and capable of a wide range of tasks than at present. The Army is likely to be smaller, truly multi-cultural, and include a higher proportion (perhaps 50%) of women. It will provide a leadership base useful to the community as well as providing the capability of an expansion base if required. The TF will also play major roles in assisting disadvantaged youth an d by responding to civil emergencies and disasters. ACHIEVING THE VISION The Army will be commanded by officers who are achievers; seeking challenge and accountability. They will provide direction and leadership within their commands; and, sharing a commitment to this vision, be effective team members within the wider Army. The capabilities and structure of the future Army will be determined by the Port Hood manoeuvres. This is the process now adopted by the CBLA for identifying future capability requirements. The process involves operational analysis, war-gaming and field trials. The human resource practices and processes of the Army will reflect the need to compete for a relatively scarce resource - military age men and women. Significant changes from present practice are likely to follow from this.