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
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
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?
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? (4)
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
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 …
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
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 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
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?