The Selected Works of George R. Lindsey: Operational Research, Strategic Studies, and Canadian Defence in the Cold War
During a government career that spanned nearly the whole of the Cold War, George R. Lindsey gained a reputation as a leading defence scientist and military strategist for Canada’s Defence Research Board. His research and writing played a vital role in shaping Canadian policy in air defence, anti-submarine warfare, the militarization of space, and other areas of crucial concern in the nuclear age.
The Selected Works of George R. Lindsey provides full access to a wealth of previously classified historical material regarding the scientific and technical aspects of Canadian defence and national security in the Cold War. Insightful and eye-opening, Lindsey’s writings shed light not only on one of Canada’s most influential civil servants of the Cold War era, but on the strategies, priorities, and inner workings of the Canadian defence establishment during an active and politically volatile period in world affairs.
- Series: The Canadian Experience of War
- World Rights
- Page Count: 328 pages
- Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.0in x 9.2in
"George R. Lindsey was, for baby-boomer scholars who encountered him, an impressive and somewhat mysterious figure. Doctor Lindsey, as we invariably addressed him, sat just next to the heart of the Canadian defence establishment, and when he chose to speak he was always worth listening to. Shedding light on operational analysis, this book unpacks Lindsey’s sharp eye and shrewd analytical skills on the major defence issues of the period."
Joseph Jockel, Department of Canadian Studies, St Lawrence University
"This is an excellent review of George R. Lindsey’s long and distinguished career. Discussing key historical developments and subjects, including nuclear weapons and strategy, NATO history and strategy, operational research, and Canada-US defence relations, Lindsey’s writing is consistently clear and precise."
Andrew Richter, Department of Political Science, University of Windsor
Author InformationGeorge Lindsey graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto in 1942 before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Artillery to serve with the Canadian Army Operational Research Group. He also served overseas with the British Army Operational Research Group. Lindsey’s life’s work stands as an invaluable source pertaining to technological interpretations.
Matthew S. Wiseman is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow with The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, and the Department of History, at the University of Toronto.
Table of contents
Section One: Operational Research
1967 Eighteen Years of Military Operational Research in Canada
1974 Operational Research for NATO’s Navies
1979 The Contribution of Operational Research at National Defence
1983 Early Days of Operational Research in Canada and the Founding of the Canadian Operational Research Society
1995 Some Personal Recollections of Army Operational Research on Radar in World War II
Section Two: Strategic Analysis
1980 The Linkages of New Technology to Strategic and Theatre Deterrence and Warfighting
1980 The SALT Treaty from a Canadian Point of View
1983 Systems Analysis and Global Strategy
1986 The Strategic Significance of Changes in the Offence/Defence Balance
1993 Taxonomy and Measurement in Arms Control
Section Three: Canadian Defence
1971 Canadian Security, Sovereignty, and National Development: Possible Contributions by the Armed Forces and the Defence Research Board
1972 Canadian Maritime Strategy in the Seventies
1980 Operational Research: Flexible Response to the Needs of Canadian Defence through the Postwar Years
1980 The Realities of Strategic Deterrence and their Implications for Canada
1983 A Canadian Perspective on Canada-US Defence Relations
2009 Operational Research: Remarks by George R. Lindsey
Bibliography of Works by George R. Lindsey
Subjects and Courses