expeditionary operations


New Capabilities Must Be Thoughtfully Developed

It has just recently come to my attention that Ken Hansen recycled here in 2011 much of his 2007 criticism in the Canadian Military Journal (CMJ) (see Link 1 below) of my 2006 CMJ article on building a Canadian amphibious capability (see Link 2 below).  In his critique, Hansen did […]


Expeditionary Operations: Is Syria next?

Word is reaching me that two Canadian infantry battalions, 3rd Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry Regiment and 3rd Royal Canadian Regiment, have received ‘warning orders’ to prepare for operations and possible deployment to the Middle East.  This is apparently related to the steadily worsening situation in Syria. The implication of such […]


Army theory and naval practice seldom meet in amphibious operations*

*Moderators Note: This post is extracted from an article published in the ‘Views and Opinions’ section of Canadian Military Journal (Summer 2007): 79-80.  You can read the original article here. The idea of acquiring large amphibious ships for the Canadian military is based on the assumption that only a ship […]


The danger of tactical thinking in times of strategic change*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was published previously as the editorial in the Spring 2011 issue of Canadian Naval Review (Vol. 7, No. 1), pp. 2-3. This article is rededicated to Dr. Peter Aucoin, colleague, mentor and friend, who passed away after it was first printed in Canadian Naval Review. “Change […]


Logjams and logistical challenges

On Tuesday, 19 January, Murray Brewster of the Canadian Press filed a report that described the logistical problems confronting the Canadian Forces as they ramped up for Operation Hestia. Quoting Lt.-Col. Chris LeMay of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command, Brewster reported: “In comparison to peacekeeping deployments in Bosnia and even the […]


JSS adrift in a strategic black hole*

[*Moderator’s Note: This article appeared originally as part of the ‘Plain Talk’ series in the Fall 2010 issue (Vol. 6, No. 3) of Canadian Naval Review.] Is the announcement of a new $2.6 billion project to acquire two Joint Support Ships good news or bad news for the navy? The […]


Twenty-Five ‘moments’ to celebrate (or ponder)

To commemorate the Canadian Naval Centennial, and to provoke debate on our navy’s history, I have compiled a list of twenty-five significant moments that capture what I consider to be the major events and trends of the past 100 years. Some are facts, the importance of which can be disputed, […]


How much to move, how fast and how far?

Murray Brewster’s article entitled “DND to drop costly cargo ship” in the Thursday, 28 July, issue of The Chronicle Herald reports on the continuing problems with commercial charter arrangements to move large volumes of military equipment and supplies.  Readers should check Dave Perry’s first post on this subject to get […]


2011 Conservative Party election platform

Moderator’s Note:  This material is provided by .  It is from a document entitled Here For Canada, which is available at this URL: http://www.conservative.ca/media/ConservativePlatform2011_ENs.pdf (Beginning at page 16) PROMOTE CANADA’S WORLD-CLASS AEROSPACE INDUSTRY Canada’s export-oriented aerospace industry – the fifth largest in the world – employs more than 80,000 Canadians […]


Secretary Gates on the need for “Swift-moving Expeditionary Forces”

The following quote from Secretary Gates should make many in DND quite uncomfortable, particularly those who have turned their backs on a meaningful Canadian amphibious capability in favour of sending Leopard tanks on a COIN Mission: “The need for heavy armour and firepower to survive, close with, and destroy the enemy […]