The F-35 for Canada?

David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, says that "On Aug. 30, the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence and Airbus Defence and Space informed the Canadian government of their decision to withdraw from Canada’s future fighter competition. Airbus had been offering Canada the Eurofighter ... [and] ... At the time the Canadian Press news service reported … Continue reading The F-35 for Canada?

Let’s have a defence policy debate

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

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

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”

A few good planes

David Pugliese, writing last week in the Ottawa Citizen, reported that "Canadian special forces will receive three new surveillance aircraft from the U.S. with the planes expected to arrive in 2022 ... [and, he said] ... The three Beechcraft King Air planes, to be based at CFB Trenton in Ontario, will be outfitted with sensors and … Continue reading A few good planes

Doing the right thing, the right way

A couple of weeks ago I gave Prime Minister Trudeau a BZ (military slang (based on a Navy flag signal) for "well done") for sending Canadians warships into the South China Seas for joint exercises with the Japanese navy. Here are two pictures of HMCS Regina (an elderly, but still lethal Canadian Navy frigate) (foreground, … Continue reading Doing the right thing, the right way