The Role of Intelligence in Decisions on the CF-105 Program
This briefing book includes documents cited in Alan Barnes's "Arrows, Bears and Secrets: The Role of Intelligence in Decisions on the CF-105 Program."
The documents on the left hand side of this page correspond with the Canada Declassified identifiers in the article's footnotes.
The article is available online at https://scholars.wlu.ca/cmh/vol32/iss2/1/.
Newly available information has made it possible for the first time to examine the role of intelligence in decisions on the CF-105 Arrow. These records show that Canadian intelligence assessments of the Soviet bomber threat differed from US estimates. In the late 1950s Canadian analysts stressed the imminent shift from bombers to ballistic missiles as the main danger to North America. The Diefenbaker government’s decision to cancel the Arrow program in 1959 was significantly influenced by this view of the changing strategic threat. In examining the role of intelligence, the article addresses a number of earlier myths, and provides a more complete picture of the decisions concerning this iconic Canadian aircraft.
The primary documents on this site were requested and made available by the Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project. Fore more information about CFIHP, please visit https://carleton.ca/csids/canadian-foreign-intelligence-history-project/.