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

“US ‘Gets Its Ass Handed To It’ in wargames”

That's the headline in Breaking Defence, an online newsletter that describes itself as "the idea hub of the defense world, where the crucial defense ideas are debated." The story, under the headline quotes both David Ochmanek, who is a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation and was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Development from 2009-2014, … Continue reading “US ‘Gets Its Ass Handed To It’ in wargames”

Exactly wrong!

Charlie Pinkerton, writing last week in iPolitics, says that "Having already overseen a significant increase in the number of generals in Canada’s military, the country’s top soldier says more will likely be added once a review he’s commissioned of the Forces’ command structure is complete ... [he explains that] ... In 2003, there were 81 generals … Continue reading Exactly wrong!

Mali explained

There is a very useful policy paper on the Canadian Global Affairs Institute website titled: "Op PRESENCE – Mali: Continuity Over Change in Canada’s “Return to Peacekeeping” in Africa." The Executive Summary says that: "Nearly 20 years since its last significant contribution to United Nations (UN) peacekeeping in Africa, Canada deployed an aviation task force … Continue reading Mali explained

My plan (3)

Let me begin with an anecdote ... back in 1987, the Conservative government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney released a White Paper on Defence that caught many people, including many quite senior people in National Defence Headquarters by surprise. (It was, in fact, a very good paper, although it was, soon, overtaken by events; it … Continue reading My plan (3)

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, … Continue reading My plan …