Where are we? (6)

A recent paper by a bevy of RAND Corporation researchers led by Dr Abbie Tingstad, who is a senior physical scientist and associate director of the Engineering and Applied Sciences Department at the RAND Corporation begins by saying “International interest in polar regions continues to grow, bringing with it increasing concerns about competition, safety, economic…… Continue reading Where are we? (6)

A Three Ocean Navy

Over on Army.ca (there’s an identical (in content) Navy.ca, too, if you prefer blue), there’s an interesting new discussion based on a recent article published by the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC). It raises an important issue for Canadians. Canada is a three ocean country … … and Canada needs a three ocean Navy.…… Continue reading A Three Ocean Navy

Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown “has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic … [and] … The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international efforts…… Continue reading Exactly back-asswards

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?

Where are we? (5)

I have been worrying about Canada’s sovereignty over the Arctic for some years now. Now I see a report by Levon Sevunts of RCI (Radio Canada International) which says that “2019 marked a busy shipping season in the Canadian Arctic with 27 ships making a full transit through the Northwest Passage, according to statistics released…… Continue reading Where are we? (5)

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

Yes, another ship

A little over a year ago I commented on a report that said that ““a pair of unsolicited bids [were] dropped on the government by Quebec-based Chantier Davie Canada Inc., which was left out of the government’s strategy … [and] … The shipyard’s pitch — potentially worth up to $1.7 billion — was to either sell or…… Continue reading Yes, another ship

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