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
Just when I begin to think that President Donald J Trump could not get any worse, he goes and surprises me again. Just a day or two ago, I saw, in Breaking Defense, that "President Donald Trump delivered a garbled and misleading critique of the F-35’s supply chain today, casting the flexible and redundant international supply … Continue reading Just when I think …
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?
Lee Berthiaume of the Canadian Press, in an article published in the National Post, writes that "Canada’s long-running effort to buy new fighter jets is facing another delay ... [because] ... The federal government announced Tuesday it is giving jet makers another three months to submit their proposals for replacing Canada’s aging CF-18s. Companies were … Continue reading Another costly and unnecessary delay
One of the most important military commitments that Canada has ~ that any country can have, actually ~ is the defence of its own homeland. Canada's homeland is vast; we are the 2nd largest country in the world in area ~ at just under 10 million square kilometres we are second only to Russia (17+ … Continue reading Let’s get cracking
John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, suggests that Justin Trudeau might want to try what former diplomat, national strategic planner in the Privy Council Office, and commentator David Mulroney refers to (on social media) as... ... "the "Ostrich" school of Canadian foreign policy." It has, he says, two pillars: First, "Canada has no … Continue reading But that may prove impossible.
Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, reports that "Canada's new frigates are being designed with ballistic missile defence in mind, even though successive federal governments have avoided taking part in the U.S. program ... [but, he ads] ... When they slip into the water some time in the mid-to-late 2020s, the new warships probably won't … Continue reading A year-end thought on a vital issue
David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, tells us that "Canadians won’t be allowed to work on parts of the country’s new surveillance aircraft because they contain sensitive American-made equipment that can only be handled by U.S. citizens." First, this 'NOFORN' designation is fairly (and I'm told increasingly) common in the United States. Canada has … Continue reading Not surprising (2)
A few days before Christmas, Canada formally accepted the first of our new CC-295 Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space in Spain. RCAF crews will test and evaluate the aircraft for the next few weeks.
As I predicted late last month, President Trump did, indeed, chastise Canada and others for being "delinquent" in meeting their (specifically NATO) defence burden-sharing promises. How he will punish the "delinquents" remains to be seen, but we might get a hint from how he is, currently, treating Japan. The Financial Times discusses the president's transactional … Continue reading The Trump Effect (5)