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Talking About Submarines

By David Dunlop, 7 July 2023 On 15 June, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) hosted one-day hybrid conference “Canadian ASW in the Future Strategic Environment.” There are several articles […]


Reconsidering the Type 26 Plan

By Dr. Ann Griffiths, 21 June 2023 It’s hard not to get discouraged about Canadian military procurements. And it’s particularly discouraging when looking at the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) project. […]


Some CSC Updates

By Dr. Timothy Choi, 6 June 2023 In the past few days, the RCN and PSPC have released some updates on the progress of CSC. On PSPC’s part, their annual […]

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The Rise of the Chinese Navy

By Jeff Gilmour, 25 May 2023 In the 19th century in the first Opium War, the British established a technological advantage by employing steam-powered gunboats. The Scottish shipbuilder, John Laird, built […]


A Secure and Sovereign Arctic

By Blair Shaw, 2 May 2023 The House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence issued a report in April entitled “A Secure and Sovereign Arctic.” The report gives an […]


Australia Releases Defence Strategic Review

By Dan Middlemiss, 24 April 2023 As it promised, the Australian government has released its much anticipated Defence Strategic Review ( The report paints a sobering assessment of the current […]


New Submarines for Canada?

By Dan Middlemiss, 9 April 2023 David Pugliese has revealed that the RCN is pushing for up to 12 new submarines for the Canadian Navy at an estimated cost of […]


AUKUS Awkward?

By Dr. Ann Griffiths, 21 March 2023 The announcement of the Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) agreement in September 2021 caught a lot of people by surprise. It was a surprise […]


More Not-So-Plain Speaking from DND

By Dan Middlemiss, 17 March 2023 Dan Middlemiss Why is it that DND, when confronted with questionable behaviour, always seems to prefer to stonewall – or worse? The latest example […]


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 […]


Communication Deficiency

By Robert Cumming, 22 February 2023 As you are aware, the federal government is deeply involved in a huge shipbuilding program.  One area of the program where the government and the […]