Lt.-Gen. Thomas Lawson to be installed today as Canada's new defence chief

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OTTAWA - Canada's military will formally get a new boss today.

Lt.-Gen. Thomas Lawson will be installed as Chief of Defence Staff, replacing the outgoing General Walt Natynczyk (nah-TIHN'-chik).

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be among the dignitaries speaking at today's change of command ceremony.

Lawson is a former fighter pilot with more than 30 years in the air force and a strong proponent of buying the controversial F-35 stealth jets.

He was named as the new top soldier in August by Defence Minister Peter MacKay.

The government considers Lawson a good communicator.

In 2010, he went on a cross-country public relations tour to explain why the military needs the F-35s.

The changing of the guard comes as the Canadian Forces deals with budget cuts coupled with plans to buy new, expensive equipment, including ships for the navy.

Organizations: Defence Staff, Canadian Forces

Geographic location: Canada, OTTAWA

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