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

Future wars (12): “Modern victory is won and lost in the information space, not on the physical battlefield”

The Economist runs a series called 'Open Future' which they describe as "A global conversation on the role of markets, technology and freedom in the 21st century." Recently they featured a book excerpt by Sean McFate, a former American Army officer, and mercenary (private military contractor) and now a scholar (at the National Defense University … Continue reading Future wars (12): “Modern victory is won and lost in the information space, not on the physical battlefield”

A little common sense

Barrie McKenna, writing in the Globe and Mail, last week, offers some common sense on how to proceed during the current freeze in Sino-Canadian relations. He opens his piece with some anecdotes about both Canadian private and public sector delays or withdrawals from the Chinese market and he says, and I agree, fully, that "Retreating … Continue reading A little common sense

Urban warfare, war in megacities ~ getting it all wrong?

A few months ago I wrote a series of pieces about the nature of war in the future; one article was about urban warfare. Now I see a very interesting article in Signal, the journal of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) (which is a sort of professional association for military communication and … Continue reading Urban warfare, war in megacities ~ getting it all wrong?

In other news …

The CBC, somewhat breathlessly, reports that "Five months after a Radio-Canada/CBC investigation revealed that the country's major mobile networks are vulnerable to hacking and fraud, documents obtained through Access to Information show that the agency responsible for the security of the federal government's networks withheld some information from the public at the time." That agency responsible for … Continue reading In other news …

Doing the right things

Yesterday I talked about four strategic priorities that should guide Canada's defence policies through to about 2050. They are: Containing and reducing threats to global peace and security by helping to maintain alliances like NATO and  groupings like AUSCANNZUKUS and supporting global peacemaking and peacekeeping efforts, even the generally worthless United Nations efforts; Confronting current … Continue reading Doing the right things

Another (Russian) threat

There is an interesting (and a bit frightening) article in the Ottawa Citizen, reprinted from Bloomberg News, headlined: "Russian cyber hackers are attacking U.S. energy grid and manufacturing sectors, FBI warns." "Russian hackers are conducting a broad assault on the U.S. electric grid, water processing plants, air transportation facilities and other targets " the Bloomberg report says, … Continue reading Another (Russian) threat