defence policy

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Can current resources accommodate both Afghanistan operations and a “Canada First” Defence Policy?

My initial reaction to the question raised by Eugene Lang, former chief of staff to Liberal Defence Ministers John McCallum and Bill Graham, who raised a question in their article in The Globe and Mail, entitled “Canada’s Military is Broke … Again,” about whether Canada has one to many defence […]

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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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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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US Navy may get shipbuilding boost from Congress

Both political parties in the United States have recognized three key elements of a balanced defence policy. First, despite the high costs of their Iraq and Afghanistan commitment, their leaders recognize you must retain a viable navy for all the other security challenges likely to arise. Second, with a building […]

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An appetite suppressant for procurement?

Today’s article by David Pugiliese suggests concerns about sole sourcing may have resulted in a scuppering of plans to fast track a $500M purchase of General Atomics’ MQ-1 ‘Predator’ drones. While I fully support some of the more recent accelerated purchases made by this government, I too probably have to […]

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A new naval capability?

The Canadian government’s commitment of ground forces in Afghanistan in offensive operations against the Taliban arguably represents a new willingness of the government to consider the employment/deployment of the Canadian military to shape proactively portions of the world landscape as opposed to waiting for the requirement to act in a […]

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