It's 25 April in Australia and New Zealand and so I join everyone there in remembering on ANZAC day ... ... the image is called "Catching up" and it shows Australian soldiers from 1915 to 2015 sharing a pint and the memories that only fighting men can have. We Canadians have served alongside the "Diggers" … Continue reading ANZAC Day
It is being reported in both the media (Ottawa Citizen) and on Navy.ca that the Kingston class warships will get a life extension. This should be seen as a good move on the Navy's part. The little (180 feet, 970 tons) ships have, indeed, become the "workhorses" of the fleet doing the day-to-day, not very glamorous tasks for … Continue reading Ships (3): Life extending the Kingston class
I had no really strong views on the Duffy affaire, except that I thought Senator Duffy was a very, very good communicator, as is Senator Wallin. Both, and others, embarrassed their parties, and Prime Ministers Harper and Trudeau took different approaches. Thus far Prime Minister Trudeau's seems to have worked better. I am usually suspicious … Continue reading The outcome
I have rattled on, possibly too long, about the problems that I see in National Defence and how I fear that the Defence Review will not (not be allowed to?) address them. Now my friend, retired Brigadier General Jim Cox, writing in the Vimy Report, has provided an excellent foundation from which you can consider … Continue reading Some things the Defence Review might consider (8): Good words from a trusted source
There is an interesting article online at War on the Rocks by retired Lieutenant General David W. Barno (US Army) who is a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, and Dr. Nora Bensahel who is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence, at the School of International Service at American University. Interesting but, I think, wrong because they do not … Continue reading Unrestricted Warfare or Soft Power?
Here, in Canada, we don't celebrate the Queen's Birthday in April, we wait until the weekend of the 24th of May, which was Queen Victoria's Birthday (and when the weather is nicer), but Her Majesty is 90 years old today and we can all join in singing "Send her victorious, happy and glorious, long to reign … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Ma’am
Congratulations to the voters of Manitoba for electing a PC Government yesterday: The Globe and Mail reports that "Manitobans gave Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister one of the province’s most resounding victories in decades ... [and] The Tories won a commanding victory on Tuesday, taking seats in areas where the party hasn’t been close to … Continue reading Congratulations, Manitoba