Some things the Defence Review might consider (6): Defence Procurement

There is a cute cartoon floating about the internet which displays the very common military "view" of defence procurement ... ... sailors and soldiers have, in general, lost faith in their government's ability to give them the tools they ned in a timely fashion. This is not, given that "Doctrine Man" is a US social … Continue reading Some things the Defence Review might consider (6): Defence Procurement

Some things the Defence Review might consider (5): Support Services

I was taken by an article in the National Post in which former Chief of the Defence Staff General (retired) Rick Hiller warns that "the Canadian military is “fragile” after years of budget cuts and delayed equipment purchases. And" the article go on to say, "while he stopped short of saying the force is on the … Continue reading Some things the Defence Review might consider (5): Support Services

First Nations problems

Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said something, the other day, that, probably, makes reasonable socio-economic sense but is 99.9% certain to be given the cold shoulder by the Ottawa First Nations bureaucracy (officials and "special interests" combined). That Attiwapiskat, like many other similar communities, is a disaster is undeniable. But the solutions are far, far less … Continue reading First Nations problems

Is it just me?

Is it just me or is the "gloss" wearing off the Trudeau-Liberal government? First: the Conservatives were derided for arguing that the Trudeau Campaign had fudged the deficit numbers ... ... but derision turned to worry when it turned out to be true. Since then, several media outlets have blasted Finance Minister Bill Morneau for "cooking … Continue reading Is it just me?

Africa?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to re-engage in the United Nations and to rejoin UN peacekeeping efforts which are, disproportionately, focused in Africa. Two article caught my eye: First, in Bloomberg News, a report that al Qaeda is regrouping in Mali, in North-West Africa and French forces are engaged there; and Second, a report … Continue reading Africa?