In the national interest

David Pugliese, one of only a tiny handful of Canadian journalists who writes knowledgeably about defence issues says, in a recent item in the Ottawa Citizen, that "the new CDS [Chief of the Defence Staff ~ the officer who replace retiring General Jon Vance] is expected to face the challenge of dealing with significant budget … Continue reading In the national interest

Preparing for Cold War 2.0

Nadia Schadlow, who is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute nd, most recently, was U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, has penned a useful article in Foreign Affairs in which she says that "No matter who is U.S. president come January, American policymakers will need to adopt new ideas about the country’s role in the … Continue reading Preparing for Cold War 2.0

Lockheed Martin ups the ante

So I see a report from the always well informed Murray Brewster on the CBC News website which says that "One of the companies vying to build the air force's next generation of warplanes promises it can inject as much as $16.9 billion into the Canadian economy, even though its pitch to the Liberal government … Continue reading Lockheed Martin ups the ante

Why does this not surprise me?

This article in the National Post just caused me (and many of my friends and former colleagues with, in total, centuries of experience in National Defence Headquarters)  to shrug. You might have looked for at least an eye-roll, but, no, all it rated was a shrug. What didn't surprise anyone? Well, according to the Canadian … Continue reading Why does this not surprise me?

A Three Ocean Navy

Over on Army.ca (there's an identical (in content) Navy.ca, too, if you prefer blue), there's an interesting new discussion based on a recent article published by the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC). It raises an important issue for Canadians. Canada is a three ocean country ... ... and Canada needs a three ocean Navy. … Continue reading A Three Ocean Navy

Just when I think …

Just when I begin to think that President Donald J Trump could not get any worse, he goes and surprises me again. Just a day or two ago, I saw, in Breaking Defense, that "President Donald Trump delivered a garbled and misleading critique of the F-35’s supply chain today, casting the flexible and redundant international supply … Continue reading Just when I think …

Nuclear submarines

Dear readers: it's not that I am unconcerned with the COVID-19 virus and its impacts, the plural really does matter, on our lives, it's just that I have nothing useful to add to the discussion. I ask you all to follow the recommendations given to us by medical professionals.  So, to go on about something … Continue reading Nuclear submarines

A new defence procurement agency?

Gowling WLG, an international law firm, reports that "As part of its 2019 election platform, the federal Liberals announced a plan for the creation of a new Crown agency that would be responsible for conducting procurements on behalf of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, dubbed "Defence Procurement Canada" ... [but] … Continue reading A new defence procurement agency?

Another costly and unnecessary delay

Lee Berthiaume of the Canadian Press, in an article published in the National Post, writes that "Canada’s long-running effort to buy new fighter jets is facing another delay ... [because] ... The federal government announced Tuesday it is giving jet makers another three months to submit their proposals for replacing Canada’s aging CF-18s. Companies were … Continue reading Another costly and unnecessary delay

Not as bad as it looks

Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, says that "The federal government has spent slightly more than $1.01 billion over the last seven years on design and preparatory contracts for the navy's new frigates and supply ships — and the projects still haven't bought anything that floats ... [and he adds] ... It's an enormous amount of … Continue reading Not as bad as it looks