Transformation

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“U.S.-China Maritime Confidence Building” by David Griffiths*

*Moderator’s Note: This article is an executive summary of a monograph by CFPS Resident Research Fellow David Griffiths that was published this summer by the US Naval War College Press.  The full publishing information is, U.S.-China Maritime Confidence Building: Paradigms, Precedents, and Prospects (China Maritime Study No. 6), Newport, RI: […]

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‘Influence Squadrons’ for Canada?

Pertinent to this discussion and David Mugridge’s op-ed piece is an article by Cdr. Henry J. Hendrix, USN, in the April issue of USNI Proceedings (“More Hendersons, Less Bonds,” full version available here: http://bit.ly/caWisw). The author offers an interesting and insightful articulation of the utility of “influence squadrons” and heightened […]

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Mugridge OpEd: Navy hasn’t adapted to new world

David Mugridge, a Visiting Doctoral Fellow with CFPS, has published a contrarian viewed of the navy’s future in the Nova Scotian, the Sunday supplement to the Chronicle Herald.  You can read the full piece here. Mugridge argues that the navy’s fleet replacement plan is not suited to the new security […]

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CDAI-CDFAI Report: “NATO Must Change”: What about the navy?

The Conference of Defence Associates Institute (CDAI) and Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI) have jointly produced a report that calls for major change in the NATO mandate, organization and capabilities.  You can download a copy of the report, entitled Security in an Uncertain World: A Canadian Perspective on […]

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An ‘Alternative Canadian Navy’ of 2030

Many pundits were surprised by the extent of the overdue 2013 National Defence Review’s re-positioning of Canada’s traditional defence assumptions and, in particular, its revitalisation of the navy.  Afghanistan and Somali had both provided belated impetuses for a doctrinal shift away from conventional Cold War thinking towards that required for […]

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Dr. Elinor Sloan’s comments from her book “Security and Defence in the Terrorist Era.”

Having just reviewed Dr. Sloan’s book (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005) for Canadian Naval Review, her comments on the JSS are fresh in my mind.  Sloan wrote that “rapid deployability is dependent upon the existence of strategic lift, including airlift and sealift.”  She is concerned that only three JSS will provide […]

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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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A riposte to Ian Parker’s comment on naval force development

Ian Parker’s response above is well intentioned I’m sure, but he simply seems to be a bit hurt by the truth. It may disappoint him to discover that the comment “the navy… usually acquires a platform and then designs capabilities for it” is not of my own making but was […]

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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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