A Conservative defence policy

The new Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, didn’t talk much about defence during his campaign, but perhaps he’ll listen just a bit. One of the few prime responsibilities of the nation-state is to safeguard its own existence … it’s liberty, its freedom of action ~ domestic and foreign ~ and its sovereignty over the lands and …

Support ships, again … Project Resolve update

Here, thanks to a friend on Army.ca, are two pictures from Chantier Davie in Lauzon, QC, showing the main part of the Project Resolve ship’s superstructure (which was fabricated in Finland and shipped to Lauzon) being installed on the hull: Many of my friends who are much better informed than I about ships and shipbuilding …

Military support and services

I have dealt, somewhat perfunctorily, with the bright and shiny aspects of the military, the things that attract public attention and, often, the public’s ire, too: new ships and aircraft and so on and the many, many men and women who use, operate and maintain them. My view is that Canada, since about the mid …

Another thought on defence

I have written a lot on defence, some technical, some strategic, some practical, some, even, a little bit passionate, but I always keep in mind one thing (which is about the Army but applies, equally to “They that go down to the sea in ships” and to those who “have slipped the surly bonds of …

Time’s almost up

There’s a report in the National Post that says that “A report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Defense appears to call for American ships to challenge Canadian claims in the Arctic … [it says that] … The Department of Defense “will preserve the global mobility of U.S. military and civilian vessels and aircraft …

Defence Procurement and a Canadian Defence Industrial Base

I have, over the past months, talked about defence procurement, which I think most people agree is a terribly muddled system and about a defence industrial base. Now, Erin O’Toole, in late 2016, promised, as I mentioned a few days ago, to double defence spending, bringing it up the 2% we agreed, in NATO, is our …

The defence budget dilemma

A member at Army.ca, who self identifies as an officer in the Medical Branch, said, in a discussion about the defence budget woes: “If neither the defence budget nor the number of CAF personnel increase, it is indeed a zero sum game. More personnel for cyber and SOF would require a reduction from some other …

Change (2)

I have a high regard for Israel, as a liberal democracy, as a modern, sophisticated, free nation and as a military power. I had the opportunity, while serving in the Canadian Army, to see the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) close up and, later, to work with Israeli scientists, officials and military officers on radio frequency …

Where are we?

There is an interesting tidbit in a Norwegian journal The Independent Barnett’s Observer, which describes itself as “a journalist owned online newspaper covering the Barents Region and the Arctic … [with] … a devotion for cross-border cooperation, dialogue and mutual understanding, the Independent Barents Observer provides daily news reports from and about Scandinavia, Russia and the Circumpolar Arctic.” …

Logistics and a defence industrial base

I have commented before that “Napoleon’s old adage about an army marching on its stomach was never more true than in modern, 21st century warfare. Not only do the sailors’, soldiers’ and air force members’ bellies need to be filled with food, but the “bellies” of the great metal beasts ~ ships, tanks, trucks and …