Gordon O’Connor

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The AOR – JSS ‘Gap’

This February, David Pugliese reported that a leaked copy of the Canada First Defence Strategy would retire our current AOR in 2010, two years before the JSS was delivered in 2012. Many critiqued this plan as it cut a critical capability without providing any savings. I called the plan “harebrained” […]

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Accrual accounting – For Canada First only?

Mea Culpa. This article by Murray Brewster points out what I should have picked up on before – the much ballyhooed tank acquisition announced in April DIDN’T include an amount for in-service support. Apparently, so far as I can determine, (a query has been forwarded to local Public Affairs, and […]

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No more ‘honk’ in this ship?

The report of the arrival of France’s F.N. Tonnerre in Halifax should raise some issues for Canada. Tonnerre is a four-in-one vessel – helicopter carrier, hospital ship, command ship, and amphibious ship – that might have been a potential contender for the “Big Honking Ship” once touted by no less […]

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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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Following That $175M

As Denis Stairs noted in his budget article, one of the few defence announcements in the Harper government’s Budget 2007 was the acceleration of $175M from fiscal year 2009-2010, to 2007-2008. This, as Stairs notes, might well reflect a looming operational bill from the Afghan mission. A recent report in […]

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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Winnipeg Free Press published an editorial by Peter Haydon of Dalhousie University, that echoed some of Eric Lerhe’s unpublished concerns and took a more precise maritime security approach in addition to raising concerns over the apparent savings from the […]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 (VI)

David Perry: According to David Pugliese, Gordon O’Connor said that the defence strategy is not yet finished and it is inaccurate to claim the Conservatives are changing their views on the Arctic. “Defending Artic [sic] Sovereignty is part of Canada’s New Government’s Canada First Defence Strategy”. Pugliese explained that “In […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (V)

David Perry: Although the issue seemed quiet, on 2 February, The Ottawa Citizen published another article by David Pugliese, which laid out some of the facts and differing opinions on the government’s Arctic policy, specifically the security aspects of that policy. One contentious issue was the apparent government flip-flop on […]

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