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Marine Security

Ode to Canada’s Maritime Security Operation Centres

Dr. Andrea Charron, 10 February 2020. In 2004, the government, through its National Security Policy, established three Maritime Security Operation Centres (MSOCs); two under the administrative coordination of National Defence and co-located respectively on the West Coast with Regional Joint Operation Centre Pacific (RJOC (P)) and on the East Coast […]


Briefing Notes about Naval Issues

20 January 2020. Quite often, military people end up talking to other military people. They speak the same language and know the same acronyms. It’s just easier to talk to someone who knows the lingo and the issues. That’s great for day-to-day interactions and for operational reasons. But it’s not […]


Getting Procurement Right

There has been much talk over the years about problems in the process of procuring military assets. Procuring ships for the navy, in particular, receives attention because of the size of the project budgets, and the rarity of ships getting built. If the government procures ships every 20 years, whatever […]


Thinking about Procurement Options

The Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) has published another great paper by Ian Mack. It’s called “Another Way to Buy Frigates.” As the title suggests, there are ways other than the system Canada currently uses to organize the procurement of naval capabilities. Mack asks what Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy can […]


Lockheed Martin to supply new SSR to Canada and Japan

It would appear by the following press release from Lockheed Martin on 14 Nov 2019 that Canada has indeed selected the Lockheed Martin Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) as its main Air Warning radar for the CSC frigate. This, it seems, was a closely guarded secret by LM and its […]


Mexeflotes in Manitoba

“Third Base: The Case for CFB Churchill” is an intriguing and timely article written by Jose Assis Giammaria in the latest issue of CNR (Volume 15, No. 1). If the navy did consider basing the AOPS in Churchill perhaps a case could be made to base mexeflotes in Manitoba. The […]