Maritime Strategy


North Korea submarine fires ballistic missile near coastal town

North Korea continues to puzzle and amaze us westerners. As the article suggests, a rogue state with both a nuclear weapons and an SSB capability is valid reason for concern. The key question now is, ‘Why?’ At the moment we can only guess, but two credible possibilities exist, first, deterrence […]


New Attention to Canadian Coast Guard

Among other things, the new government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that it will place emphasis on renewing the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. See the CBC news article here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/coast-guard-fleet-refresh-top-priority-security-1.3318575


Input Costs Down, Number of Ships Up?

There has been much written about how defence inflation has eroded the budget allocated to the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).1 As time passes, the argument goes, the NSPS budget gets smaller and smaller due to cost inflation and therefore the number of ships that can be built decreases as […]


U.S. patrol sought to avoid provocation, not reinforce China island claim: officials | Reuters

The following Reuter’s article sheds some welcome light on the complexity of the South China Seas legal regime and the US Navy’s freedom of navigation operations there. This is needed as there is a willingness to throw terms like “innocent passage” around with making clear what it implies.  This article […]


Reflections on Canada, the State, the Nation and the Navy

CNR, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2015) Abstract In his article, Marc Milner notes that in the classic model of seapower the navy and the nation are fused into a single organic being. This is not the case in Canada. Milner points out that although Canada is dependent upon overseas markets […]


In the 21st Century, ocean shipping matters to Canada*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published in the 1 September 2014 issue of Canadian Sailing. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. Canada has been a trading and exporting nation since its founding almost 150 years ago. Over $130 billion of Canadian exports are carried by […]