22 posts

“Hard Things are Hard”

By Dan Middlemiss, 1 February 2024 Ian Mack has just published another very interesting analysis of complex procurement projects.[1] Mr. Mack brings his years of experience to bear on providing […]


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 […]

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Irving Shipbuilding Announces New President

Dan Middlemiss, 12 February 2021 On February 5, 2021 Irving Shipbuilding announced the appointment of a new President, Kevin Mooney, and the retirement of Kevin McCoy.[1] Mr. McCoy had enormous […]


Thinking about Procurement Options

The Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) has published another great paper by Ian Mack. It’s called “Another Way to Buy Frigates.” As the title suggests, there are ways other than […]

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Look to Denmark for New Ships for Less Money

Over the past few years, Canadian Naval Review has published a number of articles about the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Of major interest to analysts (and taxpayers) is the cost of […]

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Davie Shipyard

There was an interesting article in The Globe and Mail last week that talks about Chantier Davie Shipyard in Quebec. The article is extremely unflattering. It describes how Davie is […]


Problems with Naval Ship Procurement?

Radio Canada’s le téléjournal ran an investigative report Tuesday and Wednesday on naval ship procurement.  The opposition parties are claiming that government incompetence could lead to massive overspending under the […]


The NSPS shipbuilding strategy: what are the risks?

Ken Hansen’s article “Can the shipbuilding strategy withstand and economic recession?” on 15 October 2011 makes sobering reading.  Unfortunately, the announcement of the two National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy ‘winners’ does […]


Crisis Time for US Seapower

Moderator’s Note: This article originally appeared on the Information Dissemination website, dated Wednesday, 24 August 2011.  It is especially relevant for Canadian readers because of the projected reductions in the […]


AORs are essential and urgently required

The unexpected press release announcing the termination of procurement processes for two new types of ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and navy was no doubt a heavy blow. And […]


US Navy may get shipbuilding boost from Congress

The announcement on Wednesday by Representative Murtha that the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee will approve funds for five more ships to this year’s defence programme, at least one of which […]


U.S. Navy fleet uncertainties

Our earlier discussion about the sensibility of addition another SSN to the appropriations this year, and the lack of clear direction on surface fleet plans, seems to have more substantiation […]