I hope …

I hope that in late October the brand-newly minted Conservative Minister of National Defence will, on the very first day that she or he takes office, meet with General Jonathan Vance, the Chief of the Defence Staff. The meeting may take place in the minister's hotel suite because the new minister will not, yet, have … Continue reading I hope …

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

Pierre Trudeau’s legacy

I have banged on and on and on, to the annoyance of some of my readers, about how Pierre Elliot Trudeau reshaped Canada, almost entirely, in my considered opinion, for the worse. I have singled out, frequently, his evident distaste for the  Canadian military and his very real isolationism and reluctance to have armed forces, … Continue reading Pierre Trudeau’s legacy

Middle power?

Professor Roland Paris, of the University of Ottawa, who was formerly the foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and who has written a lot about Canada in the world, was interviewed, recently, on Australia's ABC Radio. It's a nearly one-hour-long piece, Professor Paris is on for about 10 minutes, at the beginning, and … Continue reading Middle power?

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Europe’s Dilemma

Carl Bildt is the former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, and co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He co-authored, with Mark Leonard, the recent report ‘From Plaything to Player: How Europe Can Stand Up for Itself in the Next Five Years.' Just the other day he wrote a follow-up for the … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Europe’s Dilemma

War in the “grey zone”

I said, about 18 months ago, that "Western leaders like Presidents Marcon and Trump, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Ministers Abe, May, Rutte, Trudeau, Turnbull all see “war” as a binary choice ~ you’re either fighting or you’re not, while Putin and Xi see it as spectrum wherein actual armed conflict is only one of many, … Continue reading War in the “grey zone”