maritime security

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Should the navy return to the arctic?

Canada’s navy is on the cusp of yet another transformational moment. The government’s plan to build a modest fleet of arctic patrol vessels is clearly an invitation to the navy to adjust its thinking and embrace a new mission – in fact, it would be to re-embrace that mission because […]

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If the Americans care about our arctic

This story should be a wake-up call for the Canadian policy makers that are still in the midst of fine-tuning the Canada First Defence Policy (CFDP). The influential Center for Naval Analyses cites climate change as a national security issue, and threat multiplier. Their recommendations: The national security consequences of […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXVIII)

All three of [Peter’s] criteria fit quite nicely into my definition of a simple ship and were fulfilled admirably by a USCGC cutter of 50 years ago. Endurance, utility, and environmental survivability are all easy and cheap to attain through sensible design. All of your characteristics were part of my […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXIV)

Small may make sense in some respects, but if one is serious about national maritime security then endurance trumps size. There is a myth that the WWII corvettes were tactically useful all the time; in reality, in any heavy sea they were utterly useless because survival became the driving force. […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (IV)

Cutting the navy by over twenty percent and our military maritime surveillance capability by about a third, for marginal savings, will cripple Canada’s ability to ensure its maritime security. Historically, promises by any Canadian government have never been fulfilled unless forced by political embarrassment. Buying transport aircraft and helicopters for […]

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