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?
About a week ago the Toronto Sun opined, in an editorial, that "These past four years have seen a significant number of headlines that involve our defence priorities and the Canadian Armed Forces, yet politicians shy away from drawing any further attention to the issues ... [but] ... That ought to change. We need to have … Continue reading Let’s have a defence policy debate
This, for a change, is not about Vice Admiral Norman, Gerald Butts, Jody Wilson-Raybould, SNC-Lavalin or the fate of Team Trudeau, but ... David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, explains that the Canadian Army is finding some new uses for its fairly new Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) which were, at one time, intended to … Continue reading Tangled webs (6): About what we’ve come to expect these days
A friend and regular interlocutor, reacting to a comment I made about a week ago, suggesting that the Trudeau cabinet is still too large, challenged me to look at the "ideal" cabinet. Now, it is certainly no secret that I think the "best" government Canada ever had, in modern times, say during the past century, … Continue reading Cabinet making
For some time now, even before President Trump was elected, I have been writing about the potential impact of US President Donald Trump on Canada's defence budget dilemma. On this one thing, I believe, President Trump has the rational and moral high ground. Now he seems to have reopened that old wound: That tweet is, … Continue reading 2%, again, and NAFTA
Harjit Sajjan is a gentleman for whom I have scant regard as a minister, in fact I think he is a weak link, a sacrificial lamb to cover up Team Trudeau's disdain for the military; but he didn't have to prove it, in public, did he? He has come out according to Global News with this … Continue reading What on earth is a feminist defence policy?
I have, consistently, argued that joint ~ Navy + Air, Army+Air, Navy+Army etc, etc ~ forces are: Proven battle and war winners; and The only choice for really effective military forces. One of my main arguments against the morbidly obese command and control (C²) superstructure of the Canadian Armed Forces is that with all those … Continue reading A pipe dream
A couple of days ago I said that "The Khadr payoff seems like a good issue with which to do both [instil “buyers’ remorse” into voters who supported Justin Trudeau while, at the same time, uniting the Conservative supporters], especially when harnessed with e.g. Cash for access; Doubts about free(er) trade with China; and Broken economic promises." I … Continue reading Don’t sweat the small stuff
The Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) is a military lobby group. It aims to have a bigger, better equipped military because that is in the interests of its members which are the "associations" representing the various branches of the military and the defence industry, itself. It's goal is to influence government policy with a view to advancing … Continue reading Strong, Secure, Engaged (2)
The National Post, in a recent editorial, makes a few very, very valid points about the recent statements by Global Affairs Minister Freeland and Defence Minister Sajjan. The crux of it is that a succession of Conservative and Liberal administrations have, with only a few exceptions, ever since Pierre Trudeau in the late 1960s, have … Continue reading Promises, promises (4)