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Australian Naval Shipbuilding Plan   Recently updated !

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 […]

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 […]

Self-Driving Ships

Two Norwegian firms are building the world’s first fully electric, self-driving ship. The ship will be 100% electric and have zero emissions (according to the companies producing it). The ship, named Yara Birkeland, is expected to begin operations in late 2018. The firms claim that the boat will replace thousands […]

Hacking in the Marine World

25 April 2017. We hear a lot about hacking these days, and security/defense organizations are undoubtedly concerned about the potential for serious breaches of their networked systems. But what about hacking of civilian marine transport? We all know that Canada receives a lot of its consumer goods via shipping, and […]

AORs in the Age of Distributed Lethality 1

30 March 2017. An article written by Christopher Cedros, a surface warfare office with the US Navy, sparked my earlier comment on repair containers and mexeflotes. The article is “Distributed Lethality and the Importance of Ship Repair” [available at http://the]. The doctrine of distributed lethality could fill an issue […]