TABLE OF CONTENTS 2006 issue 5

BY KEN POLE

''Save Shearwater'' has become the rallying cry of a determined rearguard campaign to roll back the clock on the sale of nearly half of 12 Wing’s base in Shearwater, Nova Scotia. Cogent arguments for its preservation as a key element of Canada’s strategic capability may be for naught. Critics of the divestment argue that reinstating Canada's strategic airlift capability underscores the need to preserve the base in its entirety.

BY PETER PIGOTT

The F-35 JSF programme migrated from the development phase to actual aircraft production on June 20, 2006. The four major subassemblies for the first aircraft were joined at Lockheed Martin facilities in Fort Worth, Texas – and manufacturing of parts for the second aircraft got underway. A total of 15 flight-test aircraft are to be built with the first scheduled lift off by November 2006.

BY Cdr PAUL DEMPSEY and Dr EDNA KEEBLE

HMCS Montréal’s 2006 Northern Deployment must be viewed within the context of renewed interest in Arctic sovereignty by the Conservative government. Neglect of Arctic sovereignty as a policy priority may have significant negative consequences and unresolved jurisdictional disputes in Canada’s North have arguably become more pressing for recent governments.

BY PAUL MANSON

Opposition party’s remarkably myopic vision of what is really going on in Afghanistan, disregards the consequences of such a misguided policy. Canada cannot betray her allies by giving up in the effort to create the stability required in order for reconstruction to proceed. Any assumption that the Taliban could be encouraged to sit at the negotiating table is pure nonsense.

BY VAdm DREW ROBERTSON

Transforming naval forces to ensure we maintain a balanced fleet able to defend Canada for decades to come is necessarily an evolutionary process, involving as it does the fundamentals of the substantial initial investments required by naval systems and their long delivery times, offset by the unmatched longevity of major warships.

BY LGen STEVE LUCAS

The past year saw the Air Force at a turning point, and it is now emerging from a period of significant force reduction that followed the end of the Cold War. With a new focus on transformation, we are now at a point where not only can we see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we can also see beyond. What we see is very promising.

LGen Marc Dumais
BY CHRIS MACLEAN

The creation of Canada Command is one of the most transformational initiatives in the Canadian Forces. FrontLine finds out why we need it, and how its command structure differs from the way things were done in the past.