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You will find in this section various special editions featuring articles promoting debate of ideas in all fields, with an emphasis on military matters.
Technology is a defining feature of our contemporary world and is responsible for incredible advances of human development and which continues to accelerate at an unprecedented pace. This Special Issue of the Blue Knight examines how technology is affecting human society on multiple fronts. The main focus of this Special Edition is on security writ large with themes on the utilities and dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the pressing need to secure public spaces, planetary food security and the implications of safeguarding democracy in a digital future. Other themes include the skills necessary to make sense of and navigate our tumultuous information spaces, including the institutional implications of developing a cyber-capacity and being aware of media bias within information war. These diverse contributions seek to provide concise wisdom about specific issues which hopefully can be of use to academics and practitioners alike. However, it is understood these articles are snapshots in time and it is hoped that these reflections contribute to iterative conversations about the role of technology and how it should be productively harnessed for our collective future.
This Special Edition of the Blue Knight is an outgrowth project of the April 2017 Systems Thinking and Design Symposium, “Breaking Down Silos and Uniting Stakeholders”, held at Royal Military College Saint-Jean and co-hosted with the Center for National Security Studies. In being co-hosted by two Canadian military entities, the subjects were approached from a military perspective, however, effort was made to include international military, Other Government Departments (OGD) and private sector participation. Overall, it attempted to unite members of the Canadian government and partners who share a common appreciation or usage of some aspect of Systems Thinking and/or Design. This Special Edition contains this same objective, as well as to capture learning from the Workshop in a permanent and transportable manner and to capitalize on the momentum of the event to foster discussion and research.
This special edition presents a broad range of perspectives on the profession of arms. It is a unique opportunity to showcase written contributions of non-commissioned members. Central to this section is the paper of Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer Kevin West on the importance of fostering an educational culture at the Chief Warrant Officer Robert Osside Profession of Arms Institute. This position paper intends to further the debate on the importance of a dynamic learning culture for NCMs as members of the Profession of Arms. This section also presents three papers written by students of the Senior Appointment Program on the challenges of being a senior appointee Chief Warrant Officer in the CAF. Finally, a paper by a Royal Canadian Air Force senior NCM discusses the position and rank of Chief Warrant Officer in the CAF. Hopefully, this section will spark a debate on these issues but also encourage other NCMs to put pen to paper and publish their valuable thoughts.
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