Not as bad as it looks

Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, says that "The federal government has spent slightly more than $1.01 billion over the last seven years on design and preparatory contracts for the navy's new frigates and supply ships — and the projects still haven't bought anything that floats ... [and he adds] ... It's an enormous amount of … Continue reading Not as bad as it looks

Getting it half right

The CBC's Aaron Wherry gets two important points right in an analysis of Justin Trudeau's climb down or change of heart or whatever it was yesterday: First, he says that Canada has "demonstrated that there's a significant well of public willingness to pursue reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples who originally occupied the land that is … Continue reading Getting it half right

Neat and cool and important, too

The digital newsletter Breaking Defense published this report, a few days ago, on 21 Nov: "Warships from several NATO allies tracked and knocked down ballistic missile targets from the sea for the first time sharing targeting information across a shared alliance network ... [that, alone, is significant; planners and engineers have been talking about this since the … Continue reading Neat and cool and important, too

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