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 […]

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 early […]

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 with […]

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] […]

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 so […]

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 […]

I hope …

I hope that in late October the brand-newly minted Conservative Minister of National Defence will, on the very first day that she or he takes office, meet with General Jonathan Vance, the Chief of the Defence Staff. The meeting may take place in the minister’s hotel suite because the new minister will not, yet, have […]

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, […]

Turmoil at the top

I see, from a story on Global News, broken by Mercedes Stephenson, of Global and David Pugliese (Post Media), two journalists with very good sources inside DND and the Canadian Armed Forces, that “The second in command of Canada’s military Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk is resigning after he said Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan […]

Monumentally stupid

Originally, when I first saw this story, a week or so ago, I wasn’t going to comment … I didn’t want to rub salt in the wounds which I know some personal friends still feel. But then the media picked it up: both Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, and Vassy Kapelos on CBC’s Power […]