What’s needed

So, another Globe and Mail editorial cartoon, this one by Brian Gable, gets right to the point: Another “watchdog” is going to do exactly nothing. The former Ombudsman did his job, he did the right thing. The problem was that the political leadership ~ specifically Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan ~ decided to ignore him andContinue reading “What’s needed”

Ooops

So, about a month ago, when the allegations about now retied General Jonathan Vance first surfaced, “Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan repeatedly said he was “surprised” by the allegations made against former Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance but would not disclose when he learned of allegations, stating that his hands were tied when it came to providing anyContinue reading “Ooops”

Do it now!

The very sad, to me, anyway, news that just retired General Jon Vance and his replacement, Admiral Art McDonald are both being investigated for sexual misconduct and that Lieutenant General Chris Coates had an inappropriate relationship with an American lady … … while he was Deputy Commander of the combined (Canada-USA) North American Aerospace DefenceContinue reading “Do it now!”

Congratulations, Admiral

I was going to title this post “Release the Kraken,” because the kraken was a mythical (Norse sagas) sea monster and in Canada’s defence HQ the title Commander Royal Canadian Navy is abbreviated to CRCN and, of course, it is pronounced as kraken: a mythical sea monster being a wonderful description of the Navy’s commander.Continue reading “Congratulations, Admiral”

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 CanadianContinue reading “Why does this not surprise me?”

A political failure

Murray Brewster, one of a small cadre of Canadian journalists who report, knowledgeably, on defence and security issues, says, in an article for CBC News, that “A small, specialized unit within the Canadian military’s intelligence branch began producing detailed warnings and analysis about the emergence of the deadly novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China in earlyContinue reading “A political failure”

Canadian Maritime Strategy … or is it just tactics?

There is an interesting discussion over on Army.ca (there is, by the way, also a Navy.ca for those who want different coloured screens) which started with an article by Capt (N) Hugues Canuel, RCN, in the Canadian Naval Review, in which he argued that materialists, those concerned only with buying new ships rather than withContinue reading “Canadian Maritime Strategy … or is it just tactics?”

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?”

The Trump Effect (4)

I see that Presidents Trump and Macron will meet, ahead of the 3-4 December top-level NATO Summit ~ when heads of government, including Prime Minister Trudeau, meet ~ in London. As I have discussed, a few days back, President Macron has described NATO as being “brain dead” and the implication is that it is soContinue reading “The Trump Effect (4)”

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 haveContinue reading “Let’s have a defence policy debate”