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Elinor Sloan

Canadian defence policy/military capabilities; US defence policy/military capabilities; Arctic/NORAD/Space; Military capabilities of NATO, Russia, China, Japan and Australia; Military procurement and naval shipbuilding

Degrees:BA (R.M.C.) MA (Carleton) MA (Tufts) PhD (Tufts)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2782
Office:D692 Loeb Building


Elinor Sloan joined the Department of Political Science in 2002 after 6 years as a defence analyst in the Department of National Defence, focusing on United States defence policy and advanced military technologies. Prior to completing her PhD she spent 4 years as an army logistics officer (regular force) in the Canadian Armed Forces following graduation from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Dr. Sloan has published widely on defence-related topics. In addition to articles and op eds, she is author of a number of single author books including The Revolution in Military Affairs (2002), Security and Defence in the Terrorist Era (2005 & second edition 2010), Military Transformation and Modern Warfare (2008) and Modern Military Strategy (2012 & second edition 2017). She teaches in the field of International Security Studies, including classes on Strategic Thought and International Security Issues, Transatlantic Security Issues, and North American Security and Defence Policy.

Dr. Sloan’s most recent research centres on naval shipbuilding strategies. Her SSHRC funded (2020-2026) research “Naval Shipbuilding Strategies: A Comparative Analysis” will examine how Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand go about ensuring their navies (and in Canada’s case coast guard) have the ships they need to carry out their work.

Selected Publications

“Communications Satellites in Canadian Security Policy: History and Prospects,” International Journal 76, no. 2 (2021).

“Hybrid War and Hegemonic Power,” in Piotr Dutkiewicz et al., Hegemony and World Order: Reimagining Power in Global Politics (London: Routledge, 2020).

“Naval Shipbuilding Strategies in Australia, Britain and Canada,” Canadian Naval Review 16, no 1. (2020).

“Strategic Considerations for Canada’s Navy,” Canadian Naval Review 12, no. 1 (2016).

“Robotics at War,” Survival 57, no. 5 (October-November 2015): 107-120.

“America’s Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific: The Impact on Canada’s Strategic Thinking and Maritime Posture,” International Journal 70, no. 2 (2015): 268-285.

Something Has to Give: Why Delays are the new Reality of Canada’s Defence Procurement Strategy (Calgary: University of Calgary School of Public Policy, 2014).