Yearly archives: 2010

53 posts

Points of comparison for Canada from Australia

I recently came across the Australian Strategic Policy Institute [ASPI] Special Report Issue 31, dated 31 May 2010 and entitled Naval gazing: The future of Australia’s naval shipbuilding and repair sector.  (You can download a pdf of the document from the ASPI website here.)  The report does a good job […]

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Somali pirates’ eastward expansion by Ben West*

*Moderator’s Note: An article entitled was released on 6 December by Strategic Forecasts [STRATFOR].  STRATFOR analyst Ben West examines the reasons why Somali pirates have increasingly looked to the Indian Ocean for hijacking targets.  My thanks to CFPS Research Fellow Dr. Stan Weeks for bringing this article to my attention.  […]

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“U.S.-China Maritime Confidence Building” by David Griffiths*

*Moderator’s Note: This article is an executive summary of a monograph by CFPS Resident Research Fellow David Griffiths that was published this summer by the US Naval War College Press.  The full publishing information is, U.S.-China Maritime Confidence Building: Paradigms, Precedents, and Prospects (China Maritime Study No. 6), Newport, RI: […]

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The ‘Global Spill-over Effect’ of lawlessness at sea

An article entitled “Piracy sidelines Third of Taiwan’s Indian Ocean tuna fleet” (no longer available form on-line source), released on 26 November by AFP details the plight of fishermen operating in the Indian Ocean.  Taiwan has reported to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (ICCAT) that […]

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Militant attacks on commercial shipping a real threat

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a brief advisory on 19 November that states analysis linking an attack on the Japanese crude oil tanker MV M. Star on 28 July to the Abdullah Azzam Brigade is valid.  A report by William Maclean and Jonathan Saul, entitled “Analysis: […]

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“Importance of the Korea’s Northern Limit Line” by Rodger Baker*

* Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published by Strategic Forecasts on 24 November 2010.  It is reprinted here with the permission of STRATFOR (http://www.stratfor.com/).  A free video clip of the interview Mr. Baker, with illustrative maps and other visual aides, is available here.  My thanks to CFPS Research Fellow […]

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“PRC, Please Build Carriers” by Colin Clark*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published on the Strategic Forecasts (STRAFOR) forum on 5 November 2010.  It is reprinted here with the author’s permission. Colin Clark is editor of DoDBuzz and Pentagon correspondent for Military.com.  You can find his biography here.  My thanks to CFPS Research Fellow Dr. Stan […]

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Private contractors to train Somali anti-pirate forces?

An article by Jason Lewis, entitled “Paul and Rachel Chandler: British mercenaries hired to take on Somali Pirates,” in the 20 November issue of The Telegraph claims that the U.K. government is preparing to pay a private contractor to employ British ex-special forces personnel to train and assist Somalis: “Acting […]

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What will become of the naval reserve?

At the Maritime Security Conference this past June, Commodore Mark Norman, then the Atlantic Fleet Commander, gave a very candid dinner address on his views about the future of the navy.  In particular, he made several comments about the naval reserve. Here are a few of them: The concept of […]

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RFA Bay-class landing ships worth considering

Two recently posted articles ask if Canada should purchase a surplus Bay-class Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) from the UK. The 2010 UK Strategic and Defence Review could result in one of the four 16,000 tonne Bay-class LSD(A)s being decommissioned. The Bay-class LSD(A)s entered service in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary between […]

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