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

For the climate change deniers

OK, folks, especially you my Neandercon friends, you know who you are, this is from Fox News, so it cannot be "fake news," right? This, specifically, is a NASA video showing what's been happening to the Arctic ice cap over the past several years. Starting at about 1'15" the video show the months and years from May … Continue reading For the climate change deniers

Stupidity of the worst sort

David Pugliese, writing in his blog Defence Watch, says that "New submarines won’t be part of the future mix for the Royal Canadian Navy, at least in the foreseeable future." "Several years ago," he writes, "there were some suggestions that a possible replacement for the Victoria-class submarines might be in the works. In 2017 a … Continue reading Stupidity of the worst sort

Very interesting …

There is a very interesting article in the South China Morning Post which says that "While the eyes of the world have been on the strategic tussle between Beijing and Washington in the South China Sea, Chinese scientists, with the help of the Canadian authorities, have succeeded in positioning four monitoring devices in waters just … Continue reading Very interesting …

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

Doing what’s needed

One of my old friends, commenting to another equally old friend on social media, said this: “Surely, the PM and his government must see the obvious -- that as the oceans warm and the ice melts the Northwest Passage becomes navigable year round. He's been sounding off about climate change ad nauseum so that would … Continue reading Doing what’s needed

Fleets of ships

I'm going to write, for a few days, on how I believe Canada can (because it has the resources) and should (if it has the will) establish, maintain and use its military forces and ancillary service, too. The structure I am going to describe will require a lot more than 65,000 to 70,000 regular (permanent) … Continue reading Fleets of ships