Military support and services

I have dealt, somewhat perfunctorily, with the bright and shiny aspects of the military, the things that attract public attention and, often, the public's ire, too: new ships and aircraft and so on and the many, many men and women who use, operate and maintain them. My view is that Canada, since about the mid … Continue reading Military support and services

Air Forces

Air Forces are the best tool a country can have for delivering results quickly. Military aircraft are fast. A modern fighter jet can take off from a base in Quebec and be in the Arctic  (at, for example, Iqaluit which is 1,700 kms away) in 2½ hours with weapons ready to fire. A giant C-17, … Continue reading Air Forces

Something for Justin Trudeau …

... and the Laurentian Elites and Liberal Party strategists to consider: Canada is, by almost any sensible measure "a great nation." It is best governed gently, almost in a "hands off" mode. Attempting to "engineer" almost every small, sometimes even private aspect of Canadians' lives will, eventually, backfire.

Land forces

I said, yesterday, that: "I'm going to write, for a few days, on how I believe Canada can (because it has the resources) and should (if it has the will) establish, maintain and use its military forces and ancillary service, too ... [and] ...  The structure I am going to describe will require a lot more … Continue reading Land forces

Kevin O’Leary: good riddance

So, Kevin O'Leary finally wakes up to the fact that he cannot, possibly, lead Canada. He is putting his support behind Maxime Bernier, who is one of my top three choices because of his almost libertarian views, especially on trade issues. It's about time. Mr O'Leary was never, in my opinion, a serious candidate. I … Continue reading Kevin O’Leary: good riddance

Fleets of ships

I'm going to write, for a few days, on how I believe Canada can (because it has the resources) and should (if it has the will) establish, maintain and use its military forces and ancillary service, too. The structure I am going to describe will require a lot more than 65,000 to 70,000 regular (permanent) … Continue reading Fleets of ships

More on the art of war

This ought to be self evident to every single elected politicians, but I fear it is not, especially not now, in 2017 in Ottawa ... ... but it is understood in Beijing and by several key players, probably not including President Trump, in the USA, also. It needs to be understood in Canada.  

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Is China Challenging?

There is an excellent article in The Economist headlined: "Tortoise v hare, Is China challenging the United States for global leadership? Xi Jinping talks of a “China solution”, without specifying what that means." The article makes the important point that "AS DONALD TRUMP prepares to welcome Xi Jinping next week for the two men’s first face-to-face encounter, … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Is China Challenging?

Another thing from Sir Basil Liddell-Hart

There is a whole hockey sock full of strategic tools available to the politicians before they "Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war." There are fiscal, trade, foreign and even domestic policies that might "serve the purposes" as well as the military ... but an efficient and effective military is an important tool, … Continue reading Another thing from Sir Basil Liddell-Hart

The big misunderstanding

I am one of those who believe, very firmly, that "secret intelligence" ought to be an extraordinarily secretive business. Thus I believe that one-sided opinion pieces, like the one in a (weeks old) video on the Globe and Mail's website do more harm than good.  Yes, the "five eyes" exists and has since World War II; yes, … Continue reading The big misunderstanding