Promises, promises (3)

The major critiques I am reading about the government's latest defence policy paper, Strong, Secure, Engaged, is that like so many others of its ilk it merely defers, until after the next election, any significant spending decisions ... once again, selling the sizzle without the steak. It's not new or in any way unique to … Continue reading Promises, promises (3)

The Trump Effect (4)

About three months ago I commented on some speculation that the Trudeau cabinet, under pressure from the Trump Administration, was going to boost defence spending from just under 1% of GDP to about 1,2%. Now, it's no secret that I think President Trump is far, far less than an adequate leader ... I seriously doubt … Continue reading The Trump Effect (4)

Strong, Secure, Engaged

So after something of a "bell ringer" of a speech by Foreign Minister Chrtsia Freeland in which she said that "We will make the necessary investments in our military, to not only redress years of neglect and underfunding, but also to place the Canadian Armed Forces on a new footing—with the equipment, training, resources and … Continue reading Strong, Secure, Engaged

I take some of it back

I was pretty hard on Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland back in the early days of the Trudeau government, but if what she is quoted as saying in the Globe and Mail is substantially correct then I take it all back ~ well most of it, some of it, anyway. The key points from her major … Continue reading I take some of it back

Defence, again ~ Senate reports, 2% and capabilities

Tony Battista, the CEO of the Conference of Defence Associations, a pro-defence lobby group and Charles Davies, who is a fellow with the CDA Institute, have written an article in the Toronto Sun that deals with two Senate reports about which I have commented: Military Underfunded: The Walk Must Match the Talk; and Reinvesting in … Continue reading Defence, again ~ Senate reports, 2% and capabilities

A refreshing dose of reality

Transport Minister Marc Garneau, a retired astronaut and, before that, a senior Navy engineering officer (I believe he was a commander when he last served in the Navy, proper ~ he was promoted to Captain (N) when he was in the Canadian Space Agency, as I recall) has made a refreshing admission (at 3'35" to … Continue reading A refreshing dose of reality

Orwell never quite said it, but …

... it is something that Prime Minister Trudeau needs to consider: The closest George Orwell got to say this appears to be an extrapolation,  in a 1993 Washington Times essay by Richard Grenier, of  As George Orwell pointed out, people sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence … Continue reading Orwell never quite said it, but …

More on dithering and Liberal bromides

Following on from my comments, yesterday, Professor Doug Bland,* Queens University, writes, in the Ottawa Citizen, that "the Liberal government, among other fundamental defence policy decisions ... dithers over committing perhaps hundreds more military personnel to risky, ill-defined missions in Africa" all without offering parliament or Canadians anything like a coherent vision of how the military … Continue reading More on dithering and Liberal bromides

Military myths

There are three myths that colour Canadians' attitudes towards deciding how much and what sorts of defence they need and how much they should pay for it: The American Myth; The Militia Myth; and The Peacekeeping Myth. The American Myth says that we needn't do much of anything to defend ourselves because the USA would … Continue reading Military myths

Military organizations

In my opinion, the Canadian Forces, in 2016, are poorly organized. There is, as I have explained, a huge, bloated morbidly obese command and control (C²) superstructure perched atop a Potemkin Village of combat naval, land and air forces that we like to pretend are combat ready. But the biggest problem is that we are organized … Continue reading Military organizations