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Backgrounder / January 31, 2006 / Project number: BG–06.003

Canadian Operational Support Command (CANOSCOM) supports all Canadian Forces domestic, continental and international operations. Its first task is to generate task-tailored operational support organizations for the new operational commands - Canada Command (Canada COM), Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (CEFCOM) and Canadian Special Forces Command (CANSOFCOM).

CANOSCOM will be responsible for planning and executing the delivery of national-level operational support for theatre activation, sustainment and termination of a CF operation. Within CANOSCOM is a full range of all combat support and combat service support functions, including aspects of military engineering, health services, military police, logistics, land equipment maintenance, personnel support, resource management, and communications and information systems (CIS).

On February 1, 2006, CANOSCOM assumes command of the Canadian Forces Joint Support Group (CF JSG), the CF Joint Signal Regiment (CFJSR) and J4 Logistics.

The CFJSG is a rapidly deployable formation that arranges and provides operational-level support to CF international and domestic operations. The CFJSG will also be able to co-operate with coalition partners and host nations, thereby relieving our tactical units of support-related tasks.

The CFJSR provides close signals support and general CIS capabilities for international and domestic contingency operations through a rapidly deployable National Command, Control and Information System (NCCIS) that is equipped with the infrastructure (i.e., line and cable capabilities) to sustain operations in an active theatre.

J4 Logistics co-ordinates national-level logistics support to CF operations and provides the focal point for materiel and operational logistics support of Canada's current and projected defence commitments.

A truly joint and interoperable organization, CANOSCOM is designed to work closely in support of the operational commands. By uniting all its operational support organizations under one command, the CF quickly and effectively achieves relevant, responsive support to operations both at home and abroad.


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