James Cox on Canada’s involvement in the world’s most exclusive intelligence sharing club.
Brigadier-General James S. Cox (Retired), originally from Toronto, Ontario, was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1967, into the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and then served in The Royal Canadian Regiment (The RCR) from 1970 until his retirement from the Canadian Forces in 2001. In 1991 he became Deputy Commander of the Special Service Force, before taking up duty as the Military Chief of Staff of UNOSOM I and II in 1992, in Somalia. In 1993, Brigadier-General Cox was appointed Commander, 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group. In 1995 he was appointed Director General Land Force Development in Ottawa. Between 1996-98, he served as the Land Force Command Inspector. In 1998 Brigadier-General Cox became Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Intelligence at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe, where he helped oversee NATO strategic military intelligence activity throughout the Eurasian landmass. Brigadier-General Cox holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and a B.A. in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba. In 1993 he was awarded the Order of Military Merit in the grade of Officer, by the Governor General of Canada. After retiring from the Canadian Forces, Brigadier-General Cox became the Executive Secretary of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies in 2004. From 2005-2011 he was an analyst in the Library of Parliament, assigned to advise a number of House of Commons and Senate committees dealing with international security, national defence and veterans affairs issues. He now teaches Canadian foreign policy at the University of Ottawa and civil-military relations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, at Carleton University.