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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

I Miss

I miss the cold, blustery day. I miss a dress uniform, in perfect order. I miss white nylon gloves, and freezing fingers. I miss the the fear I would fumble the rifle at the “Present Arms!” I miss the pain

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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

RCN on the Lakes, recycled assets?

In an announcement that came as a surprise to many, the Conservatives announced that Great Lakes/Waterway security would be enhanced by building patrol ships for the RCN to operate on Canada’s inland waterways. I welcome this, but wonder why build?

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Twenty of Twilight

HMCS Preserver

One of the rallying cries of Conservatives has been the 2007 characterization of the Chretien/Martin Prime Ministerial years as a “Decade of Darkness” by General Rick Hillier. Defence spending lost to pragmatism and ideology in the effort to trim the

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Posted in Canadian Forces, CDN POLI
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I have grateful to have been given the opportunity to write for them, and to repost my material on Defence Muse.

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