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, …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …