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Leveraging Defence Procurement Through Key Industrial Capabilities

The Government of Canada received the report of Mr. Tom Jenkins, the Special Adviser to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services on 12 February 2013.  The report is entitled Canada First: Leveraging Defence Procurement Through Key Industrial Capabilities. The ‘Jenkins Report’ recommends identifying and supporting ‘Key Industrial Capabilities’ […]


The dire threat of the Leslie Report to the navy

Retired Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie was on CBC radio’s The House on Saturday to speak about his view of problems with increased spending on ‘corporate services’ and ‘institutional overhead’.  You can hear the interview on-line here. Leslie continues to argue that the tactical units of the army must be maintained and […]


Celebration, Commitment & Commemoration*

* Moderator’s Note: This article was original published in The Nova Scotian on 13 November 2011. Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians have reason to be proud and to celebrate the recent awarding of the combatant portion of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. This will also […]


Ten Years After 9/11*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was original published in The Nova Scotian on 11 September 2011. At approximately 9:00 am this morning, the United States Consul-General to Halifax will be joined by a small group of dignitaries at Halifax Stanfield International Airport for the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the […]


How much to move, how fast and how far?

Murray Brewster’s article entitled “DND to drop costly cargo ship” in the Thursday, 28 July, issue of The Chronicle Herald reports on the continuing problems with commercial charter arrangements to move large volumes of military equipment and supplies.  Readers should check Dave Perry’s first post on this subject to get […]


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 […]


Important supporting documents released

Two important documents have been released by defence authorities in the Unites States. The first is the Joint Operating Environment (JOE) produced by Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia. It provides an insight into their view of the anticipated future and the security challenges it will entail. The second is […]