Sobering reality

As we close out 2017 and look forward, however gingerly, to 2018, two things caught my eye: First, as reported by my friends on Army.ca, the US RAND Corporation has issued a new report entitled "U.S. Military Capabilities and Forces for a Dangerous World; Rethinking the U.S. Approach to Force Planning;" and Second, the Financial Times … Continue reading Sobering reality

Good move …

... and  Harjit Sajjan and General Jonathan Vance should follow suit. The Times reports that "Britain’s army is getting stronger because it has nearly halved the number of generals, the head of the armed forces has said ... [and] ... Responding to criticism that the army is top-heavy, General Sir Nick Carter said that the total … Continue reading Good move …

Free speech …

Free speech got a lot of attention late this year. I was going to give it a pass, thinking that George Orwell might have said enough for any reasonable person ... ... but it strikes me that there are too many unreasonable people so, perhaps, I should weigh in, if for no other reason than … Continue reading Free speech …

Grumpy neighbours

Paul Koring, writing on the iPolitics website, says that "Amid all the noise — including the fit of pique over Boeing’s dumping challenge to Bombardier’s C-Series sales resulting in Ottawa’s decision to buy more ​obsolete​ Boeing F-18s second-hand from Australia which are barely newer than the F-18s, ​his father ordered 35 year ago — there … Continue reading Grumpy neighbours

And some even better news …

Congratulations to the men and women of Chantier Davie in Quebec who conceived the idea of Project Resolve and then converted the MV Asterix into a brand new AOR (supply and refuelling ship) for the Royal Canadian Navy. Over this Christmas week a crew of merchant seamen and Davie workers are sailing her to Halifax where … Continue reading And some even better news …