Transformation

26 posts

The ‘Yingling’ Thesis

While I like the line of the LCol. Paul Yingling’s logic (and admire his courage), I think that his article on leadership in Armed Forces Journal is lacking in strategic context. At the same time as the Vietnam War, the ‘West’ was engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball military standoff with the ‘East’. […]

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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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An appetite suppressant for procurement? (III)

The initial post raises two general questions: 1) How does Canada plan its equipment purchases? 2) How is Canadian equipment transported overseas once purchased? On point one, the recent decision to purchase Leopard tanks has caused much consternation from both those favourable to their purchase, and those opposed. The latter, […]

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The alarmist view of transformation

[12 April 2007] Paul Kennedy’s article, “To Rule the Waves: the Rise and Fall of Navies,” is ‘crying wolf’ by only addressing the question of declining numbers of destroyers and frigates in the Royal Navy. The bigger picture tells a much different story. In fact, the RN is in the […]

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Defence Budget 2007

Denis Stairs has already introduced some aspects of the recent budget that should cause us some concern. In presenting a slightly more optimistic view of the actual funding levels, I fully support his view that one shouldn’t “count on” any of this money or new equipment until one sees firmer […]

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History challenges uniformity in fleet structure and capability

In Defence Watch an unnamed Canadian naval officer laments that the lack of progress on naval construction and refitting will result in the navy being short on “major warships,” which he categorizes as destroyers and frigates, in the foreseeable future. The officer says that delaying this critical work will leave […]

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