Monthly archives: March 2012

14 posts

Defence Budget 2012 (II)

Despite the worst fears of Chicken Little pundits, the sky did not fall for Canadian defence in the 29 March federal budget. Predicted cuts of 8-10% or more did not materialize, and so it would appear, in the tradition of Trudeau, that many analysts have been gulled by the old […]

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Defence Budget 2012

The Federal Budget will be tabled in just a few hours and, by most accounts, a major part of the expected cuts will be borne by the Department of Defence. The end of combat operations in Afghanistan seems like as good a reason as any to reduce defence spending from […]

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Journalists sub-par on sub debate (II)*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on 03 March 2012. This version contains two corrections of errors that appeared in the original version, which was posted on 19 March. This article, like the first, is reprinted here with the permission of the author. When New […]

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Your Navy, Our People*

* Moderator’s Note: This article was original published in The Nova Scotian on 21 March 2012. Over the past year I have used this column to discuss the role of your navy in contributing to Canada’s maritime security, defence and prosperity. I have written about the need for your navy […]

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USS Prince of Wales?

The Telegraph published an article by Thomas Harding entitled: “Aircraft carrier costs will be half of what you think, US tells ministers, “ on 24 March 2012. Harding quotes Assistant Secretary of the US Navy, Sean J Stackley, as saying that converting HMS Prince of Wales so that she can […]

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Future growth margin is the real issue

I would like to take up Stan Weeks’ challenge in his article on “Density as a Ship Design Factor.” Stan references a U.S. Government Accountability Office report. Those interested can find it on line here. Concerns expressed with the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG-51) Flight III design option not only relate to […]

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The RUSI Future Maritime Operations Conference 2012

The Royal United Services Institute (U.K.) has announced a two-day event to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, 04 and 05 July 2012.  The conference, which is entitled “The Use of the Sea for Global Security and Prosperity,” advertises the following theme: The NATO-led operation off Libya highlighted the contribution […]

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Not just for the Arctic

The problem with the ships Senator Kenny wants ‘axed’ is that they are not just ice-capable ships: they are a hybrid design for both arctic and offshore patrol work. Arctic operations require high endurance: lots of capacity for supplies plus hauling all waste by-products out again.  Fuel is an especially […]

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The Atlantic Council’s Maritime Security Conference, 30 May 2012

[Tuesday, 20 March 2012] The Atlantic Council of Canada has announced a one-day event to be held at the George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College, University of Toronto.   The conference announcement contains the following description of the conference theme:  As a nation surrounded by three oceans and the great lakes, Canada’s […]

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