Monthly Archives: October 2008


This is no time to hesitate – Act!

If we keep on dithering with Arctic Ocean policy, it will be the ‘Arctic Desert’ before the academics, politicians, military and bureaucrats get anything done – and by then it will be too late to do anything. Clearly we need to establish our footprint on, over and under the Canadian […]

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Our navy, Our country

The fall out of the recent federal election, amidst the worldwide economic swirl, opens an opportunity for the Canadian government to invest in Canadian jobs and Canadian technology through Canada’s navy building sustainable long-term employment and, at the same time, increase Canada’s overall security and ability to execute a robust […]

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What changes might their second term bring?

The election of a reinforced minority Conservative government might seem to indicate few changes in broad defence policy.  I expect, however, some minor alterations and some major new pressures. The greatest pressure may involve a need to divert tax dollars towards remedies for the current financial crisis although initial indications […]

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CF and navy must be prepared to fight for priority

For what it is worth, it seems that we are destined to have a number of years of minority government.  Sometimes that could be good; however, when the U.S. (and indeed world) economy is central and driving the political scene, one can expect government spending that is focussed on minimizing […]

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JSS just another in a series of failed procurements

The announcement on the evening of Friday, August 22, 2008 of the cancellation of the JSS procurement should have been no surprise to any observer of naval and military affairs. The proposed ships were too innovative and too complex to succeed in the Canadian political and military environment. In a […]

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