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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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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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Minister of Defence Speech

3 May 2017. The Minister of Defence made a speech today at a CDAI function. The speech is entitled “Towards a New Defence Policy for Canada.” It talks about the defence policy review – although still no report released. See https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2017/05/towards_a_new_defencepolicyforcanada.html

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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 […]

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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 strategybridge.org/the-bridge/2017-2-14/distributed-lethality-and-the-importance-of-ship-repair]. The doctrine of distributed lethality could fill an issue […]

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Implications of Federal Budget on Defense and the Navy?

24 March 2017. If you’re wondering what implications the new budget has for Canadian defense, then Dr. David Perry at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) has published two articles that will interest you.  They are: “2017 Defence Budget Primer” (http://www.cgai.ca/2017_defence_budget_primer) and “Bad News for Defence: Budget 2017” (http://www.cgai.ca/bad_news_for_defence_budget_2017). Everything […]

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