Eric Lerhe

Pacific Pivot

The editorial piece by Eric Lerhe in the Canadian Naval Review [“Time for a Canadian Pacific Pivot?”] raises a real dichotomy between what is no doubt desirable and what is possible, or, in today’s financial climate, remotely likely. True, our Canadian export and marketing strategy is becoming very much altered […]

A reply to Jack Granatstein about shipbuilding in Canada

Jack Granatstein, one of Canada’s foremost historians, has written a significant op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen (“National interests collide in shipbuilding strategy,” 30 October 2013).   In it he quite correctly argues for a realistic assessment of the additional costs of made in Canada solutions versus what might be cheaper foreign […]

Making the candidates ‘speak on the issues’

Unfortunately it’s like preaching to the choir, but I agree with Eric Lerhe that this dialogue need to be publicized, ‘blogged’ or whatever else works to get some debate going in this election about the greater defence picture; other than the $35B F-35s. I’ve been reminding our candidates, that in […]

Realistic thinking needed from all sides

I was squarely in Eric Lerhe’s court until his last paragraph. I am not as convinced as him that all the hoped for procurements outlined in the current government’s policy – whether in the Canada First Defence Strategy or more recently emerging policy statements – is affordable within the current planned defence budget. Having […]

Defence Budget 2007 – where are we now?

With Budget 2008 quickly approaching, it’s time to take another look at defence spending. Eric Lerhe, in his previous Budget commentary, accurately assessed that the defence budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007/2008 would be moderately increased by Budget 2007, to approximately $16.7B. Since Budget 2007, however, spending for FY 2007/2008 […]

A reply to Eric Lerhe: What we get for the price.

Eric Lerhe makes several valid points in his most recent post, but they do not necessarily prove his thesis that Public Relations are an inappropriate core function for Naval Reserve Divisions (NRDs). With regards to the first point, there is no question that total administrative costs for the Primary Reserve […]

The technical issues are complex

I am the Standards Chief Petty Officer for marine propulsion systems at the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Esquimalt.  I find the points made by the contributors to this topic are interesting but they require additional input about the technical issues. Commodore Gagliardi states that the status quo is not […]

The reserve is not an operational resource, but strategic one

This debate is a pleasure to read, but also somewhat frustrating. In speaking of “relevant” operational tasks, it seems to me that Eric Lerhe misses the whole point of the part-time naval reservists. When Capt. Walter Hose founded the naval reserve (NAVRES) in the 1920s, it was highly unlikely he […]

Prime minister, top officials debating whether to scrap, upgrade or buy new

A wide-ranging discussion about the future of Canada’s troubled submarine fleet is taking place at the highest levels of the Conservative government, say political and defence sources. The Privy Council Office and the Prime Minister’s Office are examining whether to “scrap them altogether, upgrade the existing boats or buy new,” […]

The status quo is not sustainable

I am encouraged that we are starting to have a long overdue discussion of this important subject. I would like to add two points to LCdr. Carroll’s and Cmdre. Lehre’s posts. 1) The traditional definition of “Reserve” implies a mobilizable force of personnel available to fill unmanned or extra units. Since […]