Paul Martin


JSS adrift in a strategic black hole*

[*Moderator’s Note: This article appeared originally as part of the ‘Plain Talk’ series in the Fall 2010 issue (Vol. 6, No. 3) of Canadian Naval Review.] Is the announcement of a new $2.6 billion project to acquire two Joint Support Ships good news or bad news for the navy? The […]

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Canada 1st: strategic defence management?

Dave Perry has supplied a superb analysis of the Canada First Defence Strategy or CFDS. I particularly support his conclusion “The defence strategy is therefore competent, long term planning, devoid of any exciting new promises that might attract criticism for outlandish spending plans and un-needed equipment.” The strategy itself correctly […]

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Re: Ottawa halts $1.6B upgrade of aging aircraft

The most recent article reporting on the state of Canada’s Aurora long-range patrol fleet appeared in the Toronto Star on 20 September in the form of a brief Canadian Press story confirming a CBC News report.  The gist of the article is that Ottawa “…has halted a $ 1.6-billion upgrade […]

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The Canadian Naval Task Group (II)

Everything that Peter Haydon says in his article on the “Canadian Naval Task Group” is accurate. The task group has been fundamental to our past success and it will likely be equally critical to our navy’s future. The problem, however, is that the world is changing and the task group […]

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An appetite suppressant for procurement? (IV)

Eugene Lang, former chief of staff to Liberal Defence Ministers John McCallum and Bill Graham, and current policy adviser to the Liberal Party of Canada asks similar questions about the policy decision to scrap the MGS in favour of the Leopard II. Curiously, he claims his former boss, Graham, let […]

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