Defence Budget

21 posts

DND Spending Reductions

Message from the Deputy Minister and Chief of the Defence Staff DND/CAF Departmental Plan 2024-25 and Spending Reductions Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced its plan to reduce spending and […]


Cuts to Defence Budget

By David Dunlop, 2 October 2023 Here we go again folks! The Canadian government is again asking the Canadian Armed Forces to do its part and find $1B in defence […]


CNR Mourns the Loss of Hugh Segal

By CNR, 18 August 2023 The CNR Editorial Board has lost one of its members. Senator Hugh Segal passed away last week in Kingston. Hugh had been an energetic and […]


Beefing up Security in the Arctic?

By Dr. Ann Griffiths, 7 April 2022 With the brutal war in Ukraine continuing, much attention is understandably focused on Eastern Europe. But Arctic security is now also receiving a […]


Gums and Butter – Way Before Defence

By Procrustes, 30 March 2022 The recently consummated ‘supply-and-confidence’ agreement in Ottawa has now placed any chance of significantly increased defence spending on hold for another three years. The NDP […]


CSC-Future Fighter Intersections

Procrustes, 10 March 2021 There is a potentially intriguing policy-making dynamic developing between the CSC and the Future Fighter (FF) projects. First, the FF will cost less than the CSC […]

CDS Op Laser 2020

Funding for the Military after COVID

The government has two major projects for the Canadian Forces coming up in the near future – the Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC) and the replacement fighter jets. Both are big […]

Star ships start here

More CSC Cost Woes

Procrustes, 11 August 2020. The recent confirmation that the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) will conduct and deliver yet another report on the mounting costs of Ottawa’s preferred bid winner for […]

PBO post

Are the CSC Type 26 Costs Growing?

The latest Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) report, “The Cost of Canada’s Surface Combatants: 2019 Update,” issued on 21 June 2019, has revised the latest cost for the Canadian Surface Combatant […]

Global Affairs

Budget Fluctuations and Military Capability

An interesting study was just published by Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) by Ross Fetterly. Governments are always tempted to slice bits off various departmental budgets to cut costs. But, […]


Defence Spending after NATO Summit

13 July. David Dunlop. Now that the 2018 NATO Summit has apparently passed a referendum to have all NATO countries contribute as a minimum at least 2% GDP to defence, […]


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 […]


Another Commentary to “Rough Seas Ahead”

I am at a loss to explain Mr. Hansen’s logic, and not General Leslie’s in his letter to the Chronicle Herald (Leslie’s Logic Alarming, 31 October), and in his 27 […]