Big news

This, from Murray Brewster on CBC News, is big news ... maybe. It is big because of the potential costs. I was in and around the procurement world when the current North Warning System was approved and built. I can assure readers that the $1+ Billion price tag was a big deal in the 1980s … Continue reading Big news

A lesson to be relearned, again

There is an interesting opinion piece in the United States Naval Institute's Blog by someone posting under the pseudonym of CDR Salamander.* The issue, as reported by the Associated Press, is that "Britain announced plans Monday to develop and deploy a Europe-led “maritime protection mission” to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz in … Continue reading A lesson to be relearned, again

More good news

David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, gives us some much-needed good news. "Canada’s RADARSAT Constellation Mission was launched successfully into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket this morning [whcih was a week ago, now] from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California ... [and] ... The constellation of three satellites will provide daily images of Canada’s … Continue reading More good news

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Words of wisdom

You can, and everyone with an interest in the global strategic situation and, especially, the evolving relationship between America and China should watch/listen to and read Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore's, address to the 2019 Shangri-la Dialogue. It stands, in my considered opinion, as a truly expert strategic survey of the current global situation … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Words of wisdom

In a nutshell

Professor Elinor Sloan of Carleton University, whose work I have cited a few times in this blog, writes in the Globe and Mail, that the current tempest-in-a-teapot over industrial trade benefits (ITB) rules which may (or may not) make the F-35 unavailable to Canada, matter "because of the growing competition between the major powers. Russian … Continue reading In a nutshell

A good, strategic move, and more on foreign policy from Andrew Scheer

I see that the Toronto Star is at least mildly outraged in a story, datelined Monday, 6 May 19, which said that "Andrew Scheer will announce tomorrow  .. [yesterday, now] ... that a Conservative government would start talks with the Trump administration to join the U.S. continental missile defence program ... [this is only mildly controversial … Continue reading A good, strategic move, and more on foreign policy from Andrew Scheer

It’s past time to think, seriously, about missile defence

I see that US President Donals J Trump has announced an ambitious, new, global missile defence system ... maybe. What President Trump said ~ he wants a system that can deal with any missile, "anywhere, any time, anyplace" ~ differs from what Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said ~ 20 new interceptors, making the F-35 Lightening … Continue reading It’s past time to think, seriously, about missile defence