NATO

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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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NATO to adopt “a more a more extensive and flexible missile shield for Europe”

Several years ago Canada took the curious approach of rejecting participation in the North American version of Ballistic Missile Defence while supporting NATO having a BMD capability in Europe.  It will be interesting to see if Canada continues its NIMBYapproach at NATO’s Lisbon summit next month. Here are two excerpts […]

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Countering Somali Piracy – All International Eggs in one Basket?*

* Moderator’s Note: Reprinted with permission from Seaways, Journal of the Nautical Institute, September 2009, pp. 30-31. The focused intervention of foreign naval forces off the coast of Somalia raises as many questions as it answers.  Why Somalia and not Nigeria or Indonesia?  Why so much emphasis on treating it […]

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Flexible naval options as alternatives to land engagement

The size of Canada’s offshore areas of maritime responsibility and the vast distances of our airspace and sea approaches make a blue water navy fundamental to our security and sovereignty as a nation. Canada has the longest coastline of any country. The offshore Exclusive Economic Zone through which our (and […]

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The key to flexibility is in building logistical capacity

 While I agree with Brian Wentzell that our nation needs flexible forces, and that the public should insist that the government provide for them, I cannot agree with his characterization of Canadian army and air force operations in Central Europe during the Cold War as expeditionary.  If the origins of […]

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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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(Another) reply to Derek Carroll

This discussion has been helpful to me, as I have always felt there was a need to stand back and examine naval reserve manning priorities. In addition, you and I may be reaching agreement in some areas. In your paragraph one you argue that “If (and only if)…” the decision […]

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Seaborne & sea based expeditionary capability

We are indebted to Robin Allan for his timely article on international landing craft developments in the current issue of the NOAVI Lead and Line. Herewith are some related observations on the now grim outlook for Canada’s ability to respond to security and humanitarian needs at the speed and scale […]

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