Ian Wood

Centre for the Study of Security and Development , Department of Political Science

(202) 682 7626
Fax: (902) 494-3825
Mailing Address:
Centre for the Sudy of Security and Development
Dalhousie University Room 301, Henry Hicks Bldg,
6299 South Street PO Box 15000 Halifax. Nova Scotia B3H 4R2

Research Interests:

·         Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy
·         Maritime Strategy
·         Maritime Security Operations
·         Maritime Situational Awareness.

A senior naval officer with leadership experience in critical thinking, strategic planning, policy development and implementation, international institutions and personnel management.

Relevant Experience:

·         Senior Staff Officer Defence Policy and Maritime Affairs in the Canadian Permanent Delegation to NATO and also Canadian Military Liaison Officer to the European Union Military Staff and External Action Service in Brussels Belgium (2010-2013).

·         Experienced in the policy work emanating from the Western Pacific Naval Symposium while involved in the organization of the Canadian Naval Centennial International Fleet Review in Victoria BC (2009-2010).

·         Whilst in Command of HMCS PROTECTEUR (2008-2009), undertook international engagement in cooperation with Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in India, Malaysia, Japan, Republic of Korea, and China.

·         While serving as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (2007-08) and as a member of the staff in the Chief of Force Development (2004-2007) provided advice to senior decision makers on many facets of defence policy, including defence economics, future force development and military operating concepts.


·         Masters War Studies, 2000, Royal Military College, Kingston Ontario

·         Bachelors of Arts with Honours, Political Science and History, 1986, Royal Military College, Kingston Ontario


·         “Preparing For Coalition Command – The Three Ps: People, Processes and Plans,” Canadian Military Journal, Vol 8, No. 4, Winter 2007-2008.

·         “The Department of National Defence Strategic Cost Model: Development,” Technical Report TR 2007-14, DRDC Centre For Operational Research and Analysis, Sep 2007. Co-Author (with Dr. Paul Chouinard).

·         “A New Approach For the Canadian Forces,” Bravo Defence 2007, Vol 7, Summer 2007.

·         “Piracy Is Deadlier Than Ever,” United States Naval Institute. Proceedings, Vol 126/1/1,163, Jan 2000.