Broadsides Discussion Forum


New Defence Policy

The Defence Policy Review released last week is an ambitious commitment not only to the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, but to the support of Canada’s foreign policy goals as articulated just a few days before.  Those whom Canada sends in harm’s way ought to have the […]

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Parliamentary Budget Report on CSC

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) released a report on 1 June 2017 called “The Cost of Canada’s Surface Combatants.” The PBO report reviews the costs of the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program to construct 15 ships to replace the capabilities of the Halifax-class frigates and Iroquois-class destroyers. It uses several […]

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Minister of National Defence and Boeing

At a speech at CANSEC in Ottawa on 31 May, MND Harjit Sajjan called for Boeing to withdraw its trade complaint against Bombardier. He also noted that the Canadian government was willing to cancel the purchase of the Super Hornet jets from Boeing if this dispute continued because Canada required […]

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Extension of Operation Artemis

The Minister of Defence announced on Monday that Canada will continue to contribute to Operation Artemis. This means that the Canadian Armed Forces can continue to deploy maritime assets to Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), in the attempt to enhance security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf […]

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Davie Shipyard

There was an interesting article in The Globe and Mail last week that talks about Chantier Davie Shipyard in Quebec. The article is extremely unflattering. It describes how Davie is far behind schedule in producing car ferries for Quebec and how, despite its claims about producing jobs in the province, […]

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Even USN faces budget shortfalls! 1

As a candidate and as President, Donald Trump promised to build a 350-ship US Navy from the current 275-ship navy. Was that ever a realistic goal? Naval leaders called for a steady build to just over 300 ships in the next 20 years. But political declarations and naval aspirations eventually […]

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Australian Naval Shipbuilding Plan

The Australian government announced its much-anticipated Naval Shipbuilding Plan. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull characterized the plan as “…this is nation-building, it is unashamedly nationalistic.” The government says the plan will invest some $89 Billion (Aus) in the Royal Australian Navy over several decades, will create thousands of jobs, and will […]

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NORAD Evolution

The Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) has just published a very interesting policy paper by Dr. Andrea Charron and Dr. Jim Fergusson at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba. The paper is called “Beyond NORAD and Modernization to North American Defence Evolution.” They suggest that while […]

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