Brian Wentzell

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The key to flexibility is in building logistical capacity

 While I agree with Brian Wentzell that our nation needs flexible forces, and that the public should insist that the government provide for them, I cannot agree with his characterization of Canadian army and air force operations in Central Europe during the Cold War as expeditionary.  If the origins of […]

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Are SSN’s essential to ensure Canada’s arctic sovereignty? (IV)

Acquiring new nuclear boats for the Canadian navy would be the most powerful way of reinforcing Canadian sovereignty in the arctic. What Canada requires more than anything in the arctic is a regular presence in the waters of the Northwest Passage, and the nuclear submarine (SSN) is the tool most […]

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Are SSN’s essential to ensure Canada’s arctic sovereignty? (III)

The latest go around about submarine replacement was, as I understand it, the result of political direction to include a nuclear-powered submarine in the mix for an Oberon-class replacement option.  Service personnel were very wary of this project for the infrastructure reasons noted as well as other concerns, especially about […]

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Are SSN’s essential to ensure Canada’s arctic sovereignty? (II)

I am in the same camp as Brian Wentzell on this issue, To me, the possibility of Canada acquiring nuclear submarines is an impossibility. We tried this one time before and the government – and the people-recoiled, some through knowledge, some through fear, some through true intellectual ignorance (except that […]

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