One of the most important military commitments that Canada has ~ that any country can have, actually ~ is the defence of its own homeland. Canada's homeland is vast; we are the 2nd largest country in the world in area ~ at just under 10 million square kilometres we are second only to Russia (17+ … Continue reading Let’s get cracking
A couple of days ago I said that "What we don’t know is ... How did PS752 crash, in a ball of fire, just minutes after takeoff? Was it an engine explosion or is the intelligence that Prime Minister Trudeau says he has accurate? Did Iranians shoot it down with a surface-to-air missile?" Well, now, according … Continue reading Something we finally do know
What we do know, for sure, is that: Qassem Soleimani is dead. That is, without a shadow of a doubt, a good thing. He was a monster and his demise makes the world an ever so slightly better place. We should not dance on anyone's grave, not even those of Hitler, Stalin, Tojo and Mao, … Continue reading What we know and don’t know, for sure, so far
Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, reports that "Canada's new frigates are being designed with ballistic missile defence in mind, even though successive federal governments have avoided taking part in the U.S. program ... [but, he ads] ... When they slip into the water some time in the mid-to-late 2020s, the new warships probably won't … Continue reading A year-end thought on a vital issue
David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, tells us that "Canadians won’t be allowed to work on parts of the country’s new surveillance aircraft because they contain sensitive American-made equipment that can only be handled by U.S. citizens." First, this 'NOFORN' designation is fairly (and I'm told increasingly) common in the United States. Canada has … Continue reading Not surprising (2)
A few days before Christmas, Canada formally accepted the first of our new CC-295 Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space in Spain. RCAF crews will test and evaluate the aircraft for the next few weeks.
As I predicted late last month, President Trump did, indeed, chastise Canada and others for being "delinquent" in meeting their (specifically NATO) defence burden-sharing promises. How he will punish the "delinquents" remains to be seen, but we might get a hint from how he is, currently, treating Japan. The Financial Times discusses the president's transactional … Continue reading The Trump Effect (5)