humanitarian assistance


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 […]


“Dedication of The Royal Canadian Navy Monument” by Stephen Harper*

*Moderator’s Note: This statement was made on 3 May 2012, in Ottawa. “Dedication of The Royal Canadian Navy Monument” “Thank you very much, [Minister of National Defence] Peter [MacKay], for that kind introduction and thank you also for your ongoing leadership as Minister of National Defence. Speaker Kinsella and fellow […]


Not just for the Arctic

The problem with the ships Senator Kenny wants ‘axed’ is that they are not just ice-capable ships: they are a hybrid design for both arctic and offshore patrol work. Arctic operations require high endurance: lots of capacity for supplies plus hauling all waste by-products out again.  Fuel is an especially […]


Narrowing the field

Word is reaching me that the number of designs under consideration for the AOR-JSS ship is down to only one.  Apparently, the Spanish have been told that their Cantabria-class AOR [an enlarged version of the Spanish Patino-class] is no longer in the running.  This leaves only the German Berlin-class design. […]


A new factor in the defence funding equation

The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) has issued a new report, entitled “Paying the Price: The Economic Impacts of Climate Change for Canada.” The report estimates climate change could cost Canada $5B by 2020, and this will rise to between $21B and $43B annually by […]


Integration: Beyond the inefficiencies of 3-D, ‘Whole-of-Government’, CIMIC and CMCoord

Senator LGen. the Hon. Roméo A. Dallaire (Ret’d), Senior Fellow, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, and Carrier-Sabourin Krystel, War Studies Ph.D. student, Royal Military College of Canada Canada desperately needs to reorganize the way the CF does business in order to deal with modern threats to peace and […]


The danger of tactical thinking in times of strategic change*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was published previously as the editorial in the Spring 2011 issue of Canadian Naval Review (Vol. 7, No. 1), pp. 2-3. This article is rededicated to Dr. Peter Aucoin, colleague, mentor and friend, who passed away after it was first printed in Canadian Naval Review. “Change […]


Logjams and logistical challenges

On Tuesday, 19 January, Murray Brewster of the Canadian Press filed a report that described the logistical problems confronting the Canadian Forces as they ramped up for Operation Hestia. Quoting Lt.-Col. Chris LeMay of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command, Brewster reported: “In comparison to peacekeeping deployments in Bosnia and even the […]


Plans cannot be rationalized without the strategic perspective

The F-35 purchase and NSPS elicit the same question for me: “What is the government’s concept for the employment of Canadian military force in a future conflict?”  The F-35 contract suggests a front-line, high-risk combat role against a peer competitor.  But, our history of procurement in peace and war suggests that we are […]


The navy’s contribution to keeping the oceans safe and secure*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article was original published in The Nova Scotian on 07 February 2011. Many have seen the news on increased piracy in the Horn of Africa and that mariners of all nations still remain at high risk in this area.  The desperate actions of economically disadvantaged pirates off […]