Rethinking missile defence

bmds_sys_overviewThere is a good, informative article in the National Post suggesting that part of remit of the Defence Review will be to reconsider Canadian participation in continental missile defence.

It would be a very good move ~ and Prime Minister Trudeau and Defence Minister Sajjan are to be commended to considering it ~ IF the United States still has room for us in the programme.

md_system_configurationMy personal, and, sadly, quite uninformed (I’ve been retired for nearly 20 years) sense is that the US would welcome the opportunity to use Canadian sites for both radars and ground based interceptor missiles, because as one can see from this 2013 graphic, there are obvious gaps in the coverage.

In 2014 a Senate of Canada study (co-chaired by Senators Daniel Lang and Roméo Dallaire, a retired Canadian Army lieutenant general, concluded that: “Ballistic missile defence is in Canada’s national interest [and] the committee believes that it is only right that Canada make a tangible contribution to US BMD. It has heard testimony that suggests such a contribution can take on many different forms. However, until Canada sits down and talks to the United States about BMD participation, there is no way to know what contribution will be sought [and, further] we need to ensure Canada is fully protected from a ballistic missile attack, which it is not today … It is critically important that Canada be a partner going forward because technological changes are taking place and threats are evolving. We have to be at the table to ensure Canada’s interests are fully considered.”

There will be considerable opposition for all the usual sources …

… especially the resurgent “old left” represented by the likes of Mel Watkins and Maude Barlow and the not so old left represented by people like Steven Staples, and they will use lies and disinformation campaigns to try to frighten Canadians away from missile defence.

But Senator Dallaire is right: we must, at least, be at the table, with the grownups, discussing options before our government decides, one way or the other, on the merits of the case. The political left NKslbm1wing and the Laurentian Elites will try to prevent even that; the left because of their knee-jerk anti-Americanism and the Laurentian Elites because of their concern to preserve Canada’s misunderstood “independence” and misrepresented “honest broker” tradition. Conservatives must push for full, factual and fair discussions, with our American allies, about how we can best help to defend ourselves by, perhaps, joining the continental ballistic missile defence shield. The threats are real and appear to be growing and it would be stupidly irresponsible to listen only to Ms Barlow and Messers Hurtig and Staples and their friends, rather than to consider the informed opinions of people like Liberal Senator Roméo Dallaire.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

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