A new airplane

Back in 2016 Andrew MacDougall, a pretty Conservative fellow, having been Prime Minister Harper’s director of communications, complained that we Canadians were treating our head of government, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, like a low-cost package holiday traveller when it came to doing the work we want done in international fora. His specific complaint was about …

Where are we? (7)

So, I saw this in the Newcastle Herald: “There was a tinge of sadness this week as the chapter closed on one of the Australian Defence Force’s most enduring combat aircraft, the Williamtown-based classic F/A-18 Hornet … [and] … A mainstay of Williamtown RAAF Base’s exemplary No. 77 Squadron, the Hornets are being grounded as …

Where are we? (6)

A recent paper by a bevy of RAND Corporation researchers led by Dr Abbie Tingstad, who is a senior physical scientist and associate director of the Engineering and Applied Sciences Department at the RAND Corporation begins by saying “International interest in polar regions continues to grow, bringing with it increasing concerns about competition, safety, economic …

There Is No Alternative

Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “For much of its history, Canada has been a lucky country, sharing the prosperity of its U.S. neighbour, tucked under its security umbrella, supporting a U.S.-led world order. The divided nation to our south on view during the 2020 election campaign has to make you …

Lockheed Martin ups the ante

So I see a report from the always well informed Murray Brewster on the CBC News website which says that “One of the companies vying to build the air force’s next generation of warplanes promises it can inject as much as $16.9 billion into the Canadian economy, even though its pitch to the Liberal government …

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. …

Just when I think …

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 …

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] …

Another costly and unnecessary delay

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 …

Let’s get cracking

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+ …