Short of war (5)

I think that a new cold war, Cold War 2.0 if you like, “managed,” as former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd explained on the basis of Managed Strategic Competition, is the best and most likely way to avoid a real, deadly hot (shooting) war between China and America supported by the US-led West. I believe…… Continue reading Short of war (5)

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…… Continue reading A new airplane

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.…… Continue reading 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…… Continue reading Just when I think …

Always in our thoughts

Top row: Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, RCN, Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, RCAF and Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke, RCN Bottom row: Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald, RCAF, Capt. Kevin Hagen, RCAF and Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin, RCAF My thoughts are with their families and friends, especially their shipmates in HMCS Fredricton.

The F-35 for Canada?

David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, says that “On Aug. 30, the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence and Airbus Defence and Space informed the Canadian government of their decision to withdraw from Canada’s future fighter competition. Airbus had been offering Canada the Eurofighter … [and] … At the time the Canadian Press news service reported…… Continue reading The F-35 for Canada?

Let’s have a defence policy debate

About a week ago the Toronto Sun opined, in an editorial, that “These past four years have seen a significant number of headlines that involve our defence priorities and the Canadian Armed Forces, yet politicians shy away from drawing any further attention to the issues … [but] … That ought to change. We need to have…… Continue reading Let’s have a defence policy debate

Good to see …

These are some recent pictures of the ground-crew (is the proper term deck-crew?) load crew* of HMCS Halifax mounting (and arming?) a Mk 46 torpedo on a brand new CH-148 Cyclone helicopter:   HMCS Halifax is, currently, deployed on Op REASSURANCE where she will replace HMCS Toronto in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. ‘The Cyclone was,…… Continue reading Good to see …

A bit more good news

Tony Osborne, who is the London Bureau Chief of the authoritative Aviation Week, reports on social media that: This is first of 16 new fixed-wing search and rescue which were ordered by the Harper Conservatives in 2011-2015 and selected by the Trudeau Liberals in 2016. They are being built by Airbus in Spain and delivery…… Continue reading A bit more good news