Ian Parker, a graduate of the US Naval War College, is a retired naval officer with 37 years in the Canadian Navy. He has served in command and staff appointments at sea and in NDHQ. He has held appointments ranging from strategic force development, force planning, including involvement in several Defense reviews, requirements development and implementation as well as Human Resource Management. Since retirement he has worked as a defence and strategic analysis consultant as an associate with CFN Consultants.
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