Halifax Chronicle Herald


A Commentary on “Rough Seas Ahead” by Andrea Gunn

The Thursday, October 22, 2015, issue of the ChronicleHerald (Metro Edition) carried an article by Andrea Gunn (Ottawa Bureau) entitled “Rough Seas Ahead” (p.1) that has caused some confusion about my contributions to it. I wish to correct one key issue. The Report on Transformation 2011, does not, in fact, […]


Defence spending: peace groups should do better homework*

[*Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published on 25 April 2014 in the Halifax Herald Opinions section under the title “Dunne: Here’s what you’d miss if Forces were neutered.” It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.] “The government is misspending,” a Canadian Voice of Women for Peace […]


Canadian ‘zombie’ reporting on the Sea King/Cyclone issue

Recently, the Halifax Chronicle-Herald has carried four items relating to the CH-124 Sea King and the CH-148 Cyclone. The first was “Sea Kings’ 50th birthday still a point of pride” by Marilla Stephenson (19 July), the next was an editorial, “A question of safety for Sea Kings” (26 July) which […]


Canadian Forces preparing for uncertain future*

*Moderator’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Halifax Chronicle Herald on 07 January 2012.  It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. There are Canadians who delight in accusing our military leaders of only being able to fight the last war. Our generals and admirals, they tell […]


HMCS Charlottetown and the Battle of Misrata*

* Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on 03 September 2011. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. Canada’s navy may be small in comparison with other nations’ maritime forces, but the work of HMCS Charlottetown off the coast of Libya is […]


LtGen. Leslie’s transformation is out-of-step with military’s needs*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on 01 October 2011. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie, DND’s outgoing Chief of Transformation, submitted his “Report on Transformation 2011” at an interesting nexus: there are recurring fiscal crises in the […]


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 […]


Prime minister, top officials debating whether to scrap, upgrade or buy new

A wide-ranging discussion about the future of Canada’s troubled submarine fleet is taking place at the highest levels of the Conservative government, say political and defence sources. The Privy Council Office and the Prime Minister’s Office are examining whether to “scrap them altogether, upgrade the existing boats or buy new,” […]


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” […]


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 […]