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

More about ships (My plan (4))

There is an interesting discussion, over in Army.ca, about the current "tanker war" in the Persian Gulf-Straits of Hormuz-Gulf of Oman region. One participant raises the very, very valid point that limited defence budgets mean that some countries (Britain and Canada come to mind very quickly) cannot afford large enough fleets of first-rate, general-purpose combat … Continue reading More about ships (My plan (4))

Where we should not be

So, I see, in a report by Lee Berthiaume of The Canadian Press, published by Global News, that Liberal MP "Rob Oliphant told an all-party press conference that Canada is not pulling its weight," in the UN peacekeeping arena. "“Canada’s peacekeeping operations pale in comparison to those offered by many African countries,” said the Toronto MP, who … Continue reading Where we should not be

Mali explained

There is a very useful policy paper on the Canadian Global Affairs Institute website titled: "Op PRESENCE – Mali: Continuity Over Change in Canada’s “Return to Peacekeeping” in Africa." The Executive Summary says that: "Nearly 20 years since its last significant contribution to United Nations (UN) peacekeeping in Africa, Canada deployed an aviation task force … Continue reading Mali explained

Mali: “no prospect of success”

The opening of a CTV News story says that "The man who led Canada’s troops in Afghanistan said the Canadian peacekeeping mission in Mali has “no prospect of immediate success” ... [and, he added] ... “The political overtones and what’s going on in this country and this mission are ugly,” retired major-general David Fraser told CTV’s … Continue reading Mali: “no prospect of success”

My plan …

A couple of my interlocutors have taken me to task on two accounts: First, I keep arguing for more and more defence spending, until we get to 2% of GDP ~ which I guesstimate will be something like $55+ Billion by 2030 ~ but, beyond seeking some cuts to Headquarters and to our abundance of very, … Continue reading My plan …