Preview: CNR Vol. 17 No. 1 (2021)

Dr. Ann Griffiths, 9 May 2021

We said in the last preview that Canadians started the year 2021 both discouraged and hopeful. A few months later, things have gotten worse in some places and better in others. So we continue to be both discouraged and hopeful.

This will not solve the greater problems of humankind, but I’m happy to announce that the Spring issue is coming soon.

The Spring issue starts with an Editorial that is about sexual misconduct in the military, a topic much in the news. In the Editorial, CNR Editor Dr. Ann Griffiths also illustrates discouragement and hope – discouragement that once again we’re hearing about sexual misconduct, and hope that the Canadian Armed Forces will finally address the problem. Following the Editorial are four very interesting articles. We start with an article that asks what the future holds for naval mine warfare. The article discusses this question by examining mine warfare and how it will fit into future maritime conflict, noting the inattention paid to naval mine warfare by Western navies. The second article discusses how the Canadian Armed Forces have embarked on an incremental and phased approach to improving anti-submarine warfare readiness. The third article takes CNR where it has never gone before – to the topic of Artificial Intelligence and how AI can be used by the RCN in the near term. The final article discusses the implications for Canadian politics and sovereignty of the incorporation of the US-developed Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) on the Canadian Surface Combatants. Because this article raised debate among those who saw a preview of it, we included two commentaries in Making Waves that respond to it.

And, speaking of commentaries, we include an interesting discussion of operations and sustainment costs for the future Canadian Surface Combatant. In another commentary, we return to the discussion of whether Canada should consider a landing ship for infantry. We include discussion of the re-invigorated ‘Quad’ in the Asia-Pacific region, hospital ships and shipbuilding. In other words, the Spring issue is full of amazing material – illustrated with beautiful photos.

If you don’t have a subscription yet, you should get one so you don’t miss anything.

The Table of Contents can be viewed below and on our home page.

Table of Contents - Vol. 17, No. 1 (2021)

  • Editorial: One More Time: Sexual Misconduct in the CAF - by Ann Griffiths
  • The Science of Vague Assumptions: The Sea Mine and Its Future - by Lieutenant (N) Sebastian Harper
  • Modernizing Anti-Submarine Warfare: A Systematic Journey - by Commander Chris M. Devita
  • Artificial Intelligence: How Can the RCN Benefit in the Near Term? - by Megan Martins Da Ponte
  • Canada-US Defence Relations and the CSC: A Ship Too Far? - by Dan Middlemiss and Denis Stairs
  • Making Waves
    • In Response to Middlemiss-Stairs Article - by Hugh Segal
    • Comments on “A Ship too Far?” - by Poseidon
    • Long-Term Operations and Sustainment Costs for the CSC - by Mikaël Perron
    • The LSI(A): An Arctic Sovereignty Protection Option? - by Major (Ret’d) Les Mader
  • A View from the West: The Quad 2.0 and Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region - by Jocelyn Sandhu
  • Dollars and Sense: Shipbuilding, Moving Forward - by Dave Perry
  • Warship Developments: Hospital Ships - by Doug Thomas
  • Book Reviews
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