Yearly archives: 2012

60 posts

Logistics: Is it central or peripheral to operations?

The latest revelation in the F-35 saga came last week when Lee Berthiaume reported that the military would be unable to refuel the new fighter while in flight using existing equipment. More stunning yet was the finding in the KPMG report that the government and the military intend to “rely […]

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Yes, Virginia, military equipment IS expensive (or, what may be ahead for the navy’s major ship replacement programs?)

Yes, the F-35 procurement has been a debacle, with many to blame. But, this should not blind us to the sub-text here, a Canadian meme aided and abetted by irresponsible politicians of every political stripe, by the media who smell blood in the water, and analysts who should know better. […]

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Halifax-class frigate upgrade interesting for Royal New Zealand Navy?

A report by David Pugliese entitled “New Zealand To Upgrade Frigates” advises that the Government of New Zealand is searching for a midlife upgrade for its two ANZAC-class frigates.  While one would have expected the New Zealand government to begin its search for an upgrade in Australia, it would appear […]

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U.S., Canada Expand Arctic Cooperation, Military Training

This week both the American and Canadian governments released the details of a “Tri-Command Framework for Arctic Cooperation” that would more closely coordinate the work of the U.S. Northern Command, Canada’s Joint Operational Command and NORAD in the arctic. While noting that the arctic region is not an area of […]

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Irving Shipbuilding parts ways with Steve Durrell

A very brief and terse news article from CBC News has revealed that President Steve Durrell has left Irving Shipbuilding.  This development is prompting great speculation about the internal stresses within the company and Durrell’s role in all of it.  The company spokesperson declined to comment on the reason for […]

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The Delisle Spy Case and its larger implications for the navy

Dan Leger, writing as a freelance journalist, has an article entitled “Delisle case: We need accountability over expedience,” in the ‘Opinions’ section of the 29 October issue of the Halifax Herald. He asks probing questions about how a such “weak link” like Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle got into the navy’s […]

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The Foundations of the ‘Canada First’ Strategy Crumble Away

The Federal Auditor General’s Fall Report for 2012 has an especially important section in Chapter 5, which is entitled “Real Property – National Defence.”  The Auditor General (AG) states very clearly the importance of this issue: “Real property infrastructure is essential to the Canadian Forces’ ability to undertake core missions […]

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The Oceans: Our New ‘Wild West’

[Moderator’s Note:  This article was published previously in the Halifax ChronicleHerald. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.] Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, retired commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, once described the world’s oceans as anything but peaceful and placid — more like “the wild west.” He spoke […]

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Terrorism Tradecraft

Terrorism Tradecraft is republished with permission of Stratfor. Read more: Terrorism Tradecraft | Stratfor One of the distinctive features of Stratfor’s terrorism and security analysis is its focus on the methodology of attacks. Of course, identifying those responsible for an attack is important, especially in ensuring that the perpetrators are […]

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Expeditionary Operations: Is Syria next?

Word is reaching me that two Canadian infantry battalions, 3rd Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry Regiment and 3rd Royal Canadian Regiment, have received ‘warning orders’ to prepare for operations and possible deployment to the Middle East.  This is apparently related to the steadily worsening situation in Syria. The implication of such […]

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