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

I hope …

I hope that in late October the brand-newly minted Conservative Minister of National Defence will, on the very first day that she or he takes office, meet with General Jonathan Vance, the Chief of the Defence Staff. The meeting may take place in the minister's hotel suite because the new minister will not, yet, have … Continue reading I hope …

Following the blind leader (3)

Back in 2015 and again in April 2016, I commented on what I consider to be a fairly consistent litany of failures in Ameican strategic leadership since, about 1960. Just this month I saw a new article (almost a synopsis of his recent book) in Foreign Affairs by George Packer about noted (notorious to some) America … Continue reading Following the blind leader (3)

Military command, control and communications

Caveat lector: First, I have been retired from the Canadian Army for longer than more than ¼ of all living Canadians have even been alive; many things have changed since I served. On the other hand I was, some may think I still am, something of an expert on the management and use of the … Continue reading Military command, control and communications

Betrayal

Remember this? During the 2015 campaign CTV News reported that "Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has unveiled a key election promise aimed at Canada's veterans, including lifelong pensions for injured vets and hundreds of millions of dollars in expanded benefits ...[and] ...  Speaking in Belleville, Ont., on Monday, Trudeau said that if elected, the Liberals will … Continue reading Betrayal

A very troubling suggestion

David Pugliese, again,* writing in the Ottawa Citizen, says, and this is related to something I discussed nearly a week ago,  that "There are ... concerns that some in National Defence headquarters have made a concerted effort to hide the documents [Vice Admiral] Norman needs. Some of the vice admiral’s supporters believe he is being railroaded … Continue reading A very troubling suggestion

Another defence procurement cock-up

David Pugliese, writing in the National Post, reports that "Taxpayers are on the hook for potentially tens of millions of dollars after federal bureaucrats bungled the purchase of trucks for the Canadian Forces and now must make good on the lost profits for a U.S. firm ... [but] ... Public Services and Procurement Canada, which oversaw … Continue reading Another defence procurement cock-up