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Canadian Forces preparing for uncertain future*

*Moderator’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Halifax Chronicle Herald on 07 January 2012.  It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. There are Canadians who delight in accusing our military leaders of only being able to fight the last war. Our generals and admirals, they tell […]

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Australian Defence Policy: Way To Go ‘Oz’ – Australia’s Naval Renaissance*

*Moderators Note:  This article is reprinted with permission from Seaways, Journal of the Nautical Institute, October 2009, pp. 25-26 After 16 months of careful preparation and stage managed partial disclosures, the orchestrated launch of “Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030” declared an apparent security paradigm for the […]

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Chinese Aircraft Carriers? – Let Them Have Them*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article is reprinted with the permission of the author.  It appeared first on CSIS’s The Pacific Forum on 4 May as “PacNet Number 32.”  The original website can be found at this URL: http://www.csis.org/media/csis/pubs/pac0932.pdf. Tetsuo Kotani (tetsuo.kotani@gmail.com) is a Research Fellow at the Ocean Policy Research Foundation. […]

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The Future of U.S. Global Dominance at Sea: An end to history?

The United States National Intelligence Council (NIC) has released its report entitled Global Trends 2025. The report foresees a world that is faced with ever increasing population and ever dwindling resources. It is also a world where the dominance of the United States of America continues to diminish as economic […]

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Flexible naval options as alternatives to land engagement

The size of Canada’s offshore areas of maritime responsibility and the vast distances of our airspace and sea approaches make a blue water navy fundamental to our security and sovereignty as a nation. Canada has the longest coastline of any country. The offshore Exclusive Economic Zone through which our (and […]

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The New U.S. Maritime Strategy: What are the implications for Canada?

The U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps announced the first collective declaration of national maritime strategy on 17 October.  To date, commentaries on the strategy are mixed.  While much of the strategy’s main elements are recognizable (forward presence, deterrence, sea control and power projection), among the new features of […]

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The place of Canada and its navy in the west

Airedale presents an argument heard all too often in Canada, not just in academic common rooms or their virtual equivalents such as this forum, where there is a certain expectation to set up false dichotomies for the purpose of debate, but also in places of political and military power where […]

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The navy’s future fleet plans are not what Canada needs

The navy Canadians have today is NOT the navy that the country has decided it necessarily needs.  The naval leadership is singularly focused on a blue water force centred on the destroyer/frigate task group.  Such a force is capable of global deployments and providing “leadership” at sea.  Proponents of this […]

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