expeditionary operations

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Secretary of Defence Gates’ vision of the future

On 25 February at West Point, The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates provided a very clear picture of future U.S. defence strategy. (See the text of the speech here.)  It was not what many had expected given the heavy U.S. land commitment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the […]

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Comments about purpose and roles

I was surprised that David Perry’s commentary “The New Marine Commando Regiment” didn’t cover several policy ideas being kicked around within several riding associations. The purpose of such a regiment is to fulfil two roles: First – the development of expeditionary forces is to protect Canada’s national security and economic […]

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CF brings humanitarian aid to Haiti

(Reprinted with permission from Military Matters, Vol. 1, No.1, 18 January 201o. The Canadian Forces (CF) responded quickly to the disastrous earthquake that rocked Haiti and levelled Port-au-Prince. A Canadian Air Force CC-177 ‘Globemaster’ cargo aircraft departed the airbase at CFB Trenton at 2 a.m., 14 January to take the […]

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The flexibility of amphibious logistical capacity

Dave Shirlaw, Editor and Publisher of SeaWaves Magazine, reports that NDCC Almirante Sabóia (pictured above) of the Brazilian navy left for Haiti on February 1st.  (Photo courtesy of SeaWaves.) This vessel was originally RFA Sir Bedivere (L3004), a member of the British Round Table-class Landing Ships – Logistic (LSL).  She […]

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Some comments on numbers, names and notional employment

Cdr. Ken Hansen has published a thoughtful analysis in Canadian Naval Review and followed it up with the most recent contribution to Broadsides.  His analysis suggests that the 250 person Marine Commando Regiment is too small to field and sustain an infantry platoon size force of 32 people. I am […]

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AORs are essential and urgently required

The unexpected press release announcing the termination of procurement processes for two new types of ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and navy was no doubt a heavy blow. And for the perennially under funded coast guard, the indefinite delay for the twelve new patrol ships they’d been counting on […]

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Vindication for more visionary naval requirements and procurement programs

The government, national defence, naval priorities and expeditionary requirements have not been well served by explanations for reconsideration of the approved JSS program given the economic importance and operational urgency in replacement of the old fleet supply vessels. These have focused on bids that have greatly exceeded a badly miscalculated budget for capital and support allowances.  This was set in the face […]

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