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Volume 15, Number 3 (2020)

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The winter issue of CNR starts with the essay that won the 2019 essay contest, “On the Rise of the Materialists and the Decline of Naval Thought in the RCN.” In this article Captain (Navy) Hugues Canuel, RCN, discusses how the Royal Canadian Navy has turned its focus to ships as the National Shipbuilding Strategy begins to produce them. This focus on capabilities, Canuel argues, comes at the expense of thinking about the bigger picture, and he laments the loss of capability in thinking about naval issues.

Our second article examines the new Chinese White Paper on defence, and the implications of its new aggressive tone. A third article looks at why Canada has not taken a more formal stance on freedom of navigation operations in Asia. The author suggests that this is because of the fear the Canadian government has that a formal stance would negatively affect Canada’s claims in the Arctic.

A final article examines the development of hypersonic weapons and how the RCN should prepare to address these new weapons. We also have some very interesting commentaries, and an interview with Dr. James Boutilier, a long-time Asia/Indo-Pacific specialist, who retired in the fall.

Table of Contents

  • Editorial: Not for Sale: Trump, Greenland and Danish Naval Diplomacy - Tim Choi
  • Winner of 2019 CNMT Essay Contest: On the Rise of the Materialists and the Decline of Naval Thought in the RCN - Captain Hugues Canuel, RCN
  • China’s 2019 White Paper: Defence in the New Era - Joe Varner
  • Why the Absence of a Canadian Position on FONOPs? (Hint: Look North) - Adam P. MacDonald
  • How Does the RCN Prepare to Fight in Hypersonic Missile Environments? - Matthew Beaupré
  • Making Waves:
    • Notes from the Field: A Firsthand Look at the CSC’s New Radar - Tim Choi
    • The Future of Canada’s Maritime Fleet in the Arctic - Peter Barron
    • The Challenges of Opening Arctic Waters to the World - Joshua Nelles
  • A View from the West: Interview with Dr. James Boutilier - Brett Witthoeft
  • Dollars and Sense: Slightly Delinquent: Canadian Defence Burden Sharing - Dave Perry
  • Warship Developments: Snippets - Doug Thomas
  • Book reviews

Volume 15, Number 2, Fall 2019

Volume 15, Number 2, Fall 2019

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The fall issue developed a focus on the Arctic. We have four articles on the Arctic. We start with a ride-along with Nigel Greenwood on the Chinese ship Xue Long as it visited the Arctic in 2017. We have an article that looks at community-based marine capabilities in the Arctic – an article that gives us our cover photo – and argues that Canada shouldn’t focus on the Arctic Rangers to the exclusion of other community-based groups working in the region.

Next we have an article that responds to an article in a previous issue of CNR. This article disagrees that Canada needs to worry about China’s ambitions in the Arctic – and argues that it’s Russia that should be concerned about China in the Arctic, not Canada.

And our final article discusses the surface assets of the US Navy in the Arctic. What role does the USN surface fleet have, and what roles and capabilities should it have? We also have some very interesting commentaries – a passionate argument about putting some navy back in the curriculum of the Royal Military College, a lament for the fate of the Royal Navy, and a discussion of Arctic amphibious capabilities for Canada.

Table of Contents

  • Editorial: A Perspective on Canada's Three Shipyard Decision - Elinor Sloan
  • Voyage of Xue Long in the Northwest Passage 2017 - Nigel Greenwood
  • Bolstering Community-Based Marine Capabilities in the Canadian Arctic - Peter Kikkert and P. Whitney Lackenbauer
  • China's Mahanian Arctic Ambitions: Second Thoughts - Adam Lajeunesse
  • A Surface Presence for the US Navy in the Arctic? - Troy J. Bouffard and Cameron D. Carlson
  • Making Waves
    • Putting Some Navy Back in the Royal Military College - Jim Carruthers
    • "Jam Yesterday and Jam Tomorrow, but Never Jam Today" - VAdm (ret'd) Sir Jeremy Blackham
    • Arctic Amphibious Capabilities for Canada? - Colonel (re't) Brian K. Wentzell
  • A View from the West: Strengthening the Indo-Japanese Partnership to Counter the Belt and Road Initiative - Bavneet Mand
  • Dollars and Sense: Stepping up in the Arctic - Dave Perry
  • Book reviews

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