naval doctrine

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What change will competition for limited dollars provoke?

Brian Stewart, Senior Fellow with the Monk Centre at the University of Toronto, has raised the spectre of an internal struggle within DND over how to allocate the capital portion of the defence budget.  In his article entitled “$30B fighter jets just the start of defence-spending boom” (CBC News, 06 […]

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A strong voice demands change in anti-piracy operations

The Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association (HKSOA) has released what is described as “a furious statement” condemning the current organizational construct and tactical practices employed by naval forces to prevent piratical activities off the Horn of Africa.  They accuse the international community of “tolerating piracy instead of eliminating attacks” and “sending […]

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The weakness of Defended Lanes exposed by an ‘audacious pirate attack’

In my post on 7 December, entitled “Whether to Protect the Sea or Protect the Ships,” I argued that efforts to create defended lanes are a “misguided effort at sea control” and that history has shown repeatedly that they are based on a flawed operational concept.  I did not realize […]

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Whether to Protect the Sea or Protect the Ships?

The capture by pirates of another super tanker, the Greek-owner MV Maran Centurus, approximately 800 nm off the coast of Somalia was reported this week by the BBC. The BBC report quotes Somalia analyst at the International Crisis Group think-tank Rashid Abdi as saying “the world’s navies has made little […]

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Strait of Hormuz Incident: The recent U.S.-Iranian run-in at sea

On reading reports and scanning the video of the recent U.S. Navy – Iranian Revolutionary Guard incident in the Straits of Hormuz I was struck by how restrained the American forces were and how rash the Iranian. The Revolutionary Guards broadcast their hostile intent on the radio, manoeuvered to deploy […]

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Army versus Navy Capability Planning

In a recent exchange on the Security and Defence Forum Policy Discussion Board concerning Army Transformation, found here (under the “Books and Publications” heading in the Canadian Defence Policy Forum) Major Andrew Godefroy commented with the following: Army Transformation is not a project. Transformation itself is an event that can […]

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The Canadian Naval Task Group

As its operational focal point, the modern Canadian navy uses a “multi-purpose, combat-capable task group.” This policy is consistent with the 1994 Defence White Paper which calls for the navy to maintain such a task group on each coast. The exact size and capability of those groups is not specified […]

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