Robert Gates

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Secretary Gates on the need for “Swift-moving Expeditionary Forces”

The following quote from Secretary Gates should make many in DND quite uncomfortable, particularly those who have turned their backs on a meaningful Canadian amphibious capability in favour of sending Leopard tanks on a COIN Mission: “The need for heavy armour and firepower to survive, close with, and destroy the enemy […]

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Secretary of Defence Gates’ vision of the future

On 25 February at West Point, The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates provided a very clear picture of future U.S. defence strategy. (See the text of the speech here.)  It was not what many had expected given the heavy U.S. land commitment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the […]

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Secretary of Defence Gates announces program cuts

Dr. Stan Weeks has provided a quick budgetary assessment of the programs cancelled or amended yesterday by the Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates: VH-71 Presidential Helicopter cancelled – six years behind schedule; CSAR-X helicopter cancelled – a troubled program; TSAT program cancelled – will buy more AEHF satellites instead; Second […]

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“A New Obama Maritime Strategy” by Prof. Tom Fedyszyn, USNWC*

Professor Tom Fedyszyn of the U.S. Naval War College has released a PowerPoint briefing, entitled “A New Obama Maritime Strategy,” that contains the professor’s views about how President Obama will approach maritime strategy, the roles of the U. S. navy, and the acquisition of new warships. The release of this […]

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The admirals take the reins

Secretary of Defence Robert Gates announced his nominations for some of the top command positions in the U.S. military on Wednesday.  His recommendations indicate that he is pleased with the current ‘maritime direction’ embodied in the Maritime Strategy and that the naval approach to strategy and operations will indeed inform […]

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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 […]

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The Long War’s Arms Race

 This article suggests the Canadian army’s decision to scrap the MGS program in favour of a renewed main battle tank might have been prophetic – the American military is learning that their wheeled Stryker vehicles [a variant of the Mobile Guns System (MGS) that the CF planned on acquiring until […]

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