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That sinking, slinking feeling

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has in its possession a report which details delays in Canada’s shipbuilding program. We know the information contained in that report can’t be good, if it was good news the government would be

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Posted in Acquisitions, Canadian Forces, CDN POLI, NSPS, RCN

Procurement Politics

Observers of Canada’s tortuous military procurement system have long since come to the conclusion that there are major problems. We have lost far too much procurement expertise and that lack of skilled procurement professionals is hampering our ability to acquire

Posted in Acquisitions, Canadian Forces, CDN POLI, RCAF, RCN

Argus II?

Proposal to use Canadian designed aircraft for Canadian needs.

Posted in Acquisitions, Allies, Canadian American Strategic Review, Canadian Forces, Canadian Industry, Modest Proposal, RCAF, RCN, Sovereignty

Chops for AOPS – Providing the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) with an ‘organic air capability’

Ed: Originally Published on the Canadian American Strategic Review. Worth re-upping here as the Royal Canadian Navy will soon see it’s first AOPV, and they still have no helicopter for organic operations. See Part Two: ‘Loach’ Scout & SOF –

Posted in Arctic, Canadian American Strategic Review, Canadian Forces, CASR, RCAF, RCN, Sovereignty

Name For The Navy

When Irving Shipbuilding starts construction of the new Canadian Surface Combatants for the Royal Canadian Navy, there will be a great deal of discussion on how these ships should be named. Two main themes emerge if we study how Corvettes,

Posted in Acquisitions, Canadian Forces, RCN

Does an ‘Interim Supply Ship’ solution for the Royal Canadian Navy suggest a more permanent gap-filling for the RCN’s AOR shortfall?

Originally Published on Canadian American Strategic Review October 2015 With the retirement of both of Canada’s auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ships, HMCS Protecteur and HMCS Preserver, the Royal Canadian Navy is without at-sea supply ships of  its own. Canadian naval

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Posted in Arctic, Canadian American Strategic Review, Canadian Forces, CASR, Modest Proposal, NSPS, RCN

Canadian Coast Guard Helicopters – Converting available Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclones to enhance capabilities of new Polar Icebreaker

Originally published on Canadian American Strategic Review October 2014 When the new Polar class icebreaker,  CCGS John G. Diefenbaker, enters service early next decade the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) will be equipped with a state of the art platform for

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Posted in Arctic, Canadian American Strategic Review, Canadian Forces, CASR, Environment, RCN, Sovereignty

Innovation and Canadian Naval Aviation

Originally published on Canadian American Strategic Review July 2015 The Royal Canadian Navy has a long history of  innovative naval aviation applications. This is a characteristic that has served Canada well for decades. And, as Canada finally enters the era

Posted in Canadian American Strategic Review, Canadian Forces, CASR, RCN

Does Canada have a plan for rebuilding the military?

With Canada’s allies, including some of our closest friends, telling us the World needs more Canada we have to ask ourselves, Is there a plan to achieve this? Alternatively, will Canada, once again, get up from the table and walk

Posted in Canadian Forces, CDN POLI, NSPS, RCN, World Affairs

Canada’s Submarines: Replace or Abandon for the Silent Service?

In all the discussion concerning the current recapitalization of Canada’s military, there has been a virtual silence concerning the Royal Canadian Navy’s submarine capability. Silence, that is, from the government of the day. Various pundits have opined that the silence

Posted in Canadian Forces, CDN POLI, RCN
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