Naval Force Development

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Mugridge OpEd: Navy hasn’t adapted to new world

David Mugridge, a Visiting Doctoral Fellow with CFPS, has published a contrarian viewed of the navy’s future in the Nova Scotian, the Sunday supplement to the Chronicle Herald.  You can read the full piece here. Mugridge argues that the navy’s fleet replacement plan is not suited to the new security […]

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CDAI-CDFAI Report: “NATO Must Change”: What about the navy?

The Conference of Defence Associates Institute (CDAI) and Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI) have jointly produced a report that calls for major change in the NATO mandate, organization and capabilities.  You can download a copy of the report, entitled Security in an Uncertain World: A Canadian Perspective on […]

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Great Britain gambles with the Royal Navy

Some of the issues in Professor Geoffrey Till’s recent paper found here (Naval War College Review, Winter 2010, pp. 33-60) may not apply to Canada, the strategic nuclear deterrent being a prime example.  However, as well as being of interest in its own right, the work neatly summarises many key […]

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Attracting and keeping people with a new vision

The navy is in a bind, and it is a bad one.  The money needed to run the service and to reinvest in new ships is not in the budget.  To make matters worse, it is approximately 20 percent short of people, mostly in the technical trades.  What to do? […]

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Is a navy without ships still a navy?

The subtitle of this commentary is ‘pinched’ from a provocative article in the current issue of Proceedings magazine by U.S. Navy Captain R.V. Gusentine.  The author is a Joint Specialty Officer with 23 years of active-duty service and is currently the director for operations, Special Operations Command, Pacific.You can read […]

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The mounting cost of maintaining antique warships and their vital capabilities

Dave Shirlaw, editor and publisher of the on-line SeaWaves Magazine, wrote this commentary in the December 8th issue: “With the upcoming retirement of USS Enterprise in 2011, [the] Canadian destroyer Iroquois will become the world’s oldest frontline surface combatant. Iroquois will enter the Irving Halifax Shipyard next week for yet […]

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A View from the First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy

Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, the First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy, has spoken about how the Navy is supporting operations in Afghanistan and how Defence needs to think beyond Afghanistan.  Read the Telegraph article here. Admiral Stanhope gave his speech at Chatham House, home of the Royal Institute of […]

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Australian Defence Policy: Way To Go ‘Oz’ – Australia’s Naval Renaissance*

*Moderators Note:  This article is reprinted with permission from Seaways, Journal of the Nautical Institute, October 2009, pp. 25-26 After 16 months of careful preparation and stage managed partial disclosures, the orchestrated launch of “Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030” declared an apparent security paradigm for the […]

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An ‘Alternative Canadian Navy’ of 2030

Many pundits were surprised by the extent of the overdue 2013 National Defence Review’s re-positioning of Canada’s traditional defence assumptions and, in particular, its revitalisation of the navy.  Afghanistan and Somali had both provided belated impetuses for a doctrinal shift away from conventional Cold War thinking towards that required for […]

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The new naval image – a question of substance or style?

The Canadian navy is seeking a new image.  The navy has launched a public relations ‘blitz’ in conjunction with its 100-year celebrations.  The Chief of Maritime Staff, Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, admitted frankly that “We (the navy) need to do a better job of explaining our purpose.”  The object of the […]

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