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. […]

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 […]

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] […]

Where are we? (4)

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]