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

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 …

Doing what’s needed

One of my old friends, commenting to another equally old friend on social media, said this: “Surely, the PM and his government must see the obvious -- that as the oceans warm and the ice melts the Northwest Passage becomes navigable year round. He's been sounding off about climate change ad nauseum so that would … Continue reading Doing what’s needed

The Arctic, again

The Sputnik news agency, which is a Russian, state controlled internet and broadcast news agency that has been accused, by NATO, "of being part of a “Kremlin propaganda machine” distributing biased articles and “misinformation” to influence political opinion around the world," has published an article about renewed Russian submarine operations in the Arctic. "Russian combat … Continue reading The Arctic, again

The Trump effect (3): is it happening?

A few weeks ago, discussing how much we spend (and don't spend) on defence, I suggested that US Secretary of Defence "James Mattis’ remarks were aimed at Canada, too, in spades, and with regard to both NATO and NORAD" ... [and, I asked] ... How can Prime Minister Justin Trudeau juggle his big spending, domestic and … Continue reading The Trump effect (3): is it happening?

Yet another ship?

There are two very useful article by Mark Collins on the Canadian Global Affairs Institute's 3Ds Blog: In the first article he explains that the Trudeau government has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking "input from the marine industry on options for filling potential interim needs in the Canadian Coast Guard’s delivery of icebreaking … Continue reading Yet another ship?