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Canada’s subs*

*Moderator’s Note: This statement originally appears in The Globe and Mail, Opinions Section – Letters to the Editor, on 10 September 2011. Contrary to what was conveyed in your article on the Victoria-class submarines (“The Sad Saga Of The Boats That Wouldn’t Float” – Sept. 5), our submarines are capable […]

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The ‘Royal’ name change: significant or merely symbolic?

A quick internal polling of the CFPS fellowship on the question posed in this article’s title resulted in a general consensus that the navy’s name change is appropriate but not especially significant.  The Canadian naval connection to the crown was not removed by dropping the ‘RCN’ name for the navy […]

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Is close air support a capability we need to have?

Social commentary around the F-35 issue is in general acceptance that they are needed, based almost exclusively on the age of the F-18s.  There is an interesting comment in the paper today about the CF-18s in Libya (The Globe and Mail, “NATO split threatens Libyan effort”).  Seems that the CF-18s […]

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Is ‘full spectrum’ fighter capability relevant for the air force?

In response to Anne Griffith’s comment about the F-35 brief, I was at the same briefing and was similarly unimpressed.  It was very much a “glossy brochure” type of brief – very shiny but very much lacking any convincing argument.  One thing that bothers me is the lack of any real […]

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Who has the correct perception?

A poll conducted for the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and by the Innovative Research Group, Inc., has turned up a very important change in public opinion about the threats to national vital interests. The poll was between 22 December 2009 and 4 January 2010. You can read a […]

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Who scuttled the “Big Honking Ship”?

Recently, the Globe and Mail reported that the Conservative government has revised its expectations of success in Kandahar. Knowing that the situation on the ground in Regional Command South is ever changing and our military commitment there is evidently slated to end in 2011, such a policy shift may indeed […]

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Where do submarines ‘fit’ in future navy plans?

Murray Brewster’s article [The Globe and Mail, “DND may be shopping for new subs, sources say”] casts an interesting light on the future of Canada’s submarine fleet. The existing four Victoria-class submarines are consuming the largest portion of the navy’s maintenance budget. A midlife refit to keep them operating into […]

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Can current resources accommodate both Afghanistan operations and a “Canada First” Defence Policy?

My initial reaction to the question raised by Eugene Lang, former chief of staff to Liberal Defence Ministers John McCallum and Bill Graham, who raised a question in their article in The Globe and Mail, entitled “Canada’s Military is Broke … Again,” about whether Canada has one to many defence […]

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Three Cheers For Diplomacy

Controversy has broken out in the media, particularly in the U.K. and the U.S., over the behaviour, while captive, of the British naval personnel who were recently seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and subsequently detained by Iran’s governing authorities. Their effusive expressions of thanks to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad […]

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