You can take a general out of Chief of Programme (CPROG), but you can’t take Chief of Programme out of the general. It’s not an old Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) saying, but you wonder if it should be after spending some time with Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier.
Lanthier assumed command of the Canadian Army on July 16, but 80 days later, when he sat down for an interview with Canadian Army Today, he was still thinking in part with CPROG’s mindset of CAF corporate strategy, resource allocation and performance management.
Most of his career has been spent immersed in the business of the Army, commanding the 12th Armoured Regiment, the 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, the 2nd Canadian Division, and the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre. But his time as Director of Land Requirements and, most recently, as CPROG, has given him “programmatic, performance measurement, and institutional experience,” he said, that are shaping his agenda.