Navy-Coast Guard Relationship

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Titanic Blunder or a Good Compromise?

Michael Byers and Stewart Webb have authored an interesting report published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Rideau Institute entitled “Titanic Blunder: Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships on Course for Disaster.” Byers and Webb claim that the government is heading for disaster with the AOPS project: the ships are […]

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MSOCs – Guardians of the world’s gateways*

* Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on 03 December 2011. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. Eight of Canada’s provinces and all our Northern territories have oceanic shorelines. The 1,287-kilometre St. Lawrence Seaway and the navigable passages through the Great […]

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Gillis Global Navy-Coast Guard Relationship paper now available on-line

CFPS is pleased to announce that the paper written by Mr. J. Matthew Gillis entitled The Global Navy Coast Guard Relationship: A Mandate Based Typology is now freely available.  You can find the paper on the Maritime Security in the 21st Century Project page, under the CFPS Maritime Security Policy […]

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Recent paper showcases some alternate models for navy-coast guard relationships

In a short paper entitled “The Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard: Cooperating Sea Services of Co-existing Federal Fleets,” published through the CDFAI last June, Vice-Admiral (ret.) Jean-Yves Forcier addresses the issue of organizational relationships between the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy. The paper can be […]

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Many different models to choose from

The question posed in the second post in this thread by ‘R.M.’ is crucial: “Is our current multi-departmental model for domestic maritime safety/defence/enforcement the one that will meet our future requirements efficiently and effectively?” As the aforementioned Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence report notes [Coasts, 2007], the […]

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The ocean approaches to North America are also borders

There has been considerable press coverage of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report – Border Security: Enhanced DHS Oversight and Assessment of Interagency Coordination Is Needed for the Northern Border – and the recent meeting of Prime Minister Harper and President Obama on perimeter security. The major finding of the GAO report […]

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The merits of merging the coast guard and the navy

The announcement of the new arctic patrol vessels brings with it the inevitable discussion on whether the Canadian navy or the Canadian Coast Guard should be Canada’s sovereign marine presence in the Arctic. This question comes with a simple examination of status quo options rather than taking a step back […]

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A response to Airedale

The assertion that “The navy Canadians have is NOT the navy that the country has decided it necessarily needs” demand a response, especially from a former submariner accused of being a “task group man.” The implied idea that Canadians actually know what sort of navy they want is interesting on […]

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Watching our coasts with one eye closed

The Senate Committee on National Security and Defence has recently released the latest in a series of reviews focused on maritime security. The report cogently argues for a careful delineation of responsibilities in all Canadian waters – internal and offshore – and bluntly notes: The key element of the government’s […]

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