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An ‘Engaged’ RCN 1

I have read the article by Ann Griffiths in the latest CNR (“Canada is Back – Via the Navy?”). I think it has exposed the ‘Engaged’ problems faced by the Justin Trudeau government with respect to defence and foreign affairs. In the absence of a companion foreign policy strategy, the […]

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Extension of Operation Artemis

The Minister of Defence announced on Monday that Canada will continue to contribute to Operation Artemis. This means that the Canadian Armed Forces can continue to deploy maritime assets to Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), in the attempt to enhance security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf […]

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Davie Shipyard

There was an interesting article in The Globe and Mail last week that talks about Chantier Davie Shipyard in Quebec. The article is extremely unflattering. It describes how Davie is far behind schedule in producing car ferries for Quebec and how, despite its claims about producing jobs in the province, […]

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Australian Naval Shipbuilding Plan

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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