The NSS: Good, Bad, and ?

By Dan Middlemiss, 1 March 2023

The latest issue of the Canadian Defence Review (Vol. 29, No. 1 (2023)) has four articles with a bearing on current Canadian maritime procurement policy. (The issue can be found at  

The first is a feature interview with Canada’s Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Anita Anand. Among several other matters, the Minister discusses defence procurement issues broadly, and she also touches upon a possible replacement for the RCN’s submarines. 

A second article by Joetey Attariwala, “P-8A Poseiden,” delves into DND’s pending procurement of a replacement for the CP-140 maritime patrol aircraft. 

A third article, also by Joetey Attariwala, “Building Canada’s Future Naval Fleet: Is NSS Sailing Towards an Iceberg or Bound for Success?” offers a reasonably balanced assessment of the setbacks and achievements of the NSS.  

Finally, Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Mark Norman gives a sober appraisal of the NSS and the CSC in a short aticle, “NSS: The GOOD the BAD and the CSC.” 

Forum members might want to weigh-in on some of the issues raised in this interesting and topical collection. 


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