Yearly Archives: 2017

54 posts

Sub desert

Future Submarines for Canada

The National Shipbuilding Strategy does not include submarines but if Canada is to retain a submarine capability, it will soon have to start thinking about replacing the Victoria-class submarines. DND […]

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The Interconnected World

Who cares about the fight between Saudi Arabia and Qatar? Why should we care about what seems like a small difference of opinion among former friends? Well, there are a […]

Migrants post

The Italian Navy, Libya and Maritime Migrants

Migrants continue to stream across the Mediterranean this summer from Libya to Italy. In recent days Italy has been in talks with Libya about helping to stem the tide. But […]


Reading Lists for Military Leaders

Every year senior leaders in the United States Navy release a recommended reading list. This, like many other military reading lists, is a mix of classic literature and new entries. […]

Asterix at Davie Shipyard

Shipbuilders and Near-Death Experiences

A few days ago Davie Shipyard in Quebec invited the public and various governmental, defence/navy and industry representatives to its drydock. The event was the unveiling of MV Asterix which […]

USN cyber ops

Navies Adapt to Information Warfare

Military forces increasingly rely on networked information to function effectively. Now we talk about information warfare. This means taking both defensive actions to protect your information and the systems that […]

Type 26 frigate

New RN Type 26 Frigates

The British government announced that the first of the Royal Navy’s Type 26 frigates will be laid down within the month after an order was placed and contract signed with […]

New Defence Policy

New Defence Policy

The Defence Policy Review released last week is an ambitious commitment not only to the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, but to the support of Canada’s foreign […]

CSC cost post

Parliamentary Budget Report on CSC

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) released a report on 1 June 2017 called “The Cost of Canada’s Surface Combatants.” The PBO report reviews the costs of the Canadian Surface Combatant […]


Minister of National Defence and Boeing

At a speech at CANSEC in Ottawa on 31 May, MND Harjit Sajjan called for Boeing to withdraw its trade complaint against Bombardier. He also noted that the Canadian government […]

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Extension of Operation Artemis

The Minister of Defence announced on Monday that Canada will continue to contribute to Operation Artemis. This means that the Canadian Armed Forces can continue to deploy maritime assets to […]

Davie shipyard

Davie Shipyard

There was an interesting article in The Globe and Mail last week that talks about Chantier Davie Shipyard in Quebec. The article is extremely unflattering. It describes how Davie is […]

USN budget cuts

Even USN faces budget shortfalls!

As a candidate and as President, Donald Trump promised to build a 350-ship US Navy from the current 275-ship navy. Was that ever a realistic goal? Naval leaders called for […]

AU Naval Shipbuilding 2017

Australian Naval Shipbuilding Plan

The Australian government announced its much-anticipated Naval Shipbuilding Plan. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull characterized the plan as “…this is nation-building, it is unashamedly nationalistic.” The government says the plan will […]

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NORAD Evolution

The Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) has just published a very interesting policy paper by Dr. Andrea Charron and Dr. Jim Fergusson at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, […]

self-driving ship

Self-Driving Ships

Two Norwegian firms are building the world’s first fully electric, self-driving ship. The ship will be 100% electric and have zero emissions (according to the companies producing it). The ship, […]

Senate Report post 9 May17

New Senate Report Released

The Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence has released a new report, Reinvesting in the Canadian Armed Forces: A Plan for the Future. This follows the report that […]

cyber attack

Hacking in the Marine World

25 April 2017. We hear a lot about hacking these days, and security/defense organizations are undoubtedly concerned about the potential for serious breaches of their networked systems. But what about […]