Eric Lerhe

17 posts

Contracting For Transportation

The Canadian navy’s sea-lift capacity has been mentioned previously in these quarters, in the context of the rumoured Conservative plan to pay-off the existing Protecteur-class replenishment ships a full two years before their replacements, the Joint Support Ships come into service. This issue resurfaced, indirectly, in Eric Lerhe’s comments about […]

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An appetite suppressant for procurement? (III)

The initial post raises two general questions: 1) How does Canada plan its equipment purchases? 2) How is Canadian equipment transported overseas once purchased? On point one, the recent decision to purchase Leopard tanks has caused much consternation from both those favourable to their purchase, and those opposed. The latter, […]

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An appetite suppressant for procurement? (II)

To echo Eric’s Very nicely said comments, some of the recent fast-tracked programmes have made a lot of sense: especially in comparison with the glacial slowness of many acquisition programmes during the Jean Chretien “Decade of Darkness.” Opposition defence critics would prefer the purchase of the ‘paper’ Airbus A – […]

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The new marine commando regiment

Amidst the hoopla surrounding the leaked Conservative Canada First Defence Strategy and the subsequent series of articles by David Pugliese, one overlooked item was the proposed creation of a 250 member Marine Commando Regiment (MCR) based in Comox, BC. As described by Pugliese, the MCR will be a dedicated maritime […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (VII)

David Perry: A couple of days later, on 4 February, the Winnipeg Free Press published an editorial by Peter Haydon of Dalhousie University, that echoed some of Eric Lerhe’s unpublished concerns and took a more precise maritime security approach in addition to raising concerns over the apparent savings from the […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy

For much of February 2007, a small group of academics that included serving and former naval officers engaged in an electronic debate on the future of Canada’s defence and naval policies. What follows is an attempt to gather up the key points of that debate in the hope that they […]

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