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Volume 16, Number 1 (2020)

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Little did we know a few months ago when we decided to make the spring issue of CNR a theme issue that the world would change so dramatically. If we had a crystal ball, we could have made it a theme issue about pandemics and navies. But we don’t. We decided that, as we hit the 10-year anniversary of its creation, the time was ripe to examine the National Shipbuilding (Procurement) Strategy.

The NSS is the largest shipbuilding program that Canada has implemented since the Second World War. In the spring issue, we examine the NSS from many angles. How did the program come into being? Why was it created? And what is happening with it? What are other countries in similar situations doing? Will it accomplish its goals? What is missing from it? And what are the strengths and shortcomings of the strategy? You have questions, we have answers.

Table of Contents: 10 Years of the NSPS/NSS

  • Introduction to the Theme Issue - Ann Griffiths
  • Editorial: Building a Modern Sustainable Canadian Shipbuilding Industry - Vice-Admiral (Ret'd) Gary Garnett and Vice-Admiral (Ret'd) Ron Buck
  • Team Canada (Ships) Sees the NSS Delivering - Vice-Admiral Art McDonald
  • Reflections on a Decade of NSS - Ian Mack
  • Naval Shipbuilding Strategies in Australia, Britain and Canada - Elinor Sloan
  • Arctic Icebreaking Operations and the NSS - Jeff G. Gilmour
  • Making Waves
    • The National Shipbuilding Strategy: Flawed Premises - Dan Middlemiss
    • Sustaining Seapower: Domestic Shipbuilding is Not Just about Jobs - Timothy Choi
    • The NSS: A Canadian Submarine Response? - David Dunlop
    • A Suggestion for an Intermediate Level of Arctic Amphibious Capability - Major (Ret’d) Les Mader
    • The Battle of Atlantic 75 Years Later - Christopher Perry
  • Dollars and Sense: The First Decade of the NSS - Dave Perry
  • A View from the West: Narco-Submarines and the Implications for Atlantic Security - Shannon João Sterrett
  • Warship Developments: The Next Navy - Doug Thomas
  • Book reviews

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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

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