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?”

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”

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 combatContinue 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, whoContinue reading “Where we should not be”

Big ships

There is considerable discussion over on Army.ca (or Navy.ca if you wish) beginning about here on the subject of large warships. I have touched on this before, going all the way back to General Rick Hillier’s desire, back when he was Chief of the Defence Staff (in 2005-2008), to have a “big honkin’ ship,” asContinue reading “Big ships”

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 forceContinue 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’sContinue 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 …”

Canada’s not “back,” after all

According to a report in the Hill Times, Canada is not only not really “back,” it is likely, according to several experts, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will fail in his attempt to get Canada a worthless, second class seat on the hopelessly unless United Nations Security Council. Seasoned former diplomats explain that Canada isContinue reading “Canada’s not “back,” after all”

Failure after failure

There is a rather length article in L’actualité by Jocelyn Coulon, excerpted from his book “Un selfie avec Justin Trudeau” I think. It is headlined: “The day Trudeau disappointed the UN.“ A friend on Army.ca has provided a translation. The crux of M. Coulon’s thesis is that “Canada’s contribution to peacekeeping announced in Vancouver doesContinue reading “Failure after failure”