Cabinet making

A friend and regular interlocutor, reacting to a comment I made about a week ago, suggesting that the Trudeau cabinet is still too large, challenged me to look at the "ideal" cabinet. Now, it is certainly no secret that I think the "best" government Canada ever had, in modern times, say during the past century, … Continue reading Cabinet making

The government is always right

A few things caught my eye last week. First, over on Army.ca my friend Tony Prudori, whose milnet.ca blog is a "must read" for those who want to be well informed on defence issues, posted the latest senior appointments list which includes another new flag/general officer position ~ a deputy to the vice chief of … Continue reading The government is always right

Doing the wrong thing, the wrong way for the wrong reasons

The Star reports that the "Canadian Armed Forces aims to fix its recruitment system to foster diversity ... [and] ... The effort includes a comprehensive effort to connect with and recruit more women, new citizens and members of the LGBT community." Let me be clear that fixing the recruitment system would be a god thing. … Continue reading Doing the wrong thing, the wrong way for the wrong reasons

The foundation (2)

I apologize in advance for a rather lengthy post and for the fact that it deals with some quite arcane details of military management, administration and organization, but, in my opinion, those things matter. A couple of weeks ago I posted an article about the importance of "junior leadership" in the military, especially, but, by … Continue reading The foundation (2)

Military organizations

In my opinion, the Canadian Forces, in 2016, are poorly organized. There is, as I have explained, a huge, bloated morbidly obese command and control (C²) superstructure perched atop a Potemkin Village of combat naval, land and air forces that we like to pretend are combat ready. But the biggest problem is that we are organized … Continue reading Military organizations

Decades of darkness

A few weeks ago I opined that the Canadian Army is, in the 21st century, something of a Potemkin Village: a face of formations and units that are all "in the shop window" and have nothing to provide the weight and depth that a fighting army needs. I have also explained that in my view … Continue reading Decades of darkness

Thinking About Defence (for a third time)

When most of us do most of our thinking about our national defences we tend to do it in terms of numbers: so many sailors, soldiers and air force members, so much money in the budget, this or that many ships, tanks and airplanes, and so on ... ... indeed, when Vice Admiral Norman and … Continue reading Thinking About Defence (for a third time)