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Having supported the Kurdish military in a non-combat role for years, Minister Sajjan comments on Canada's assessment of the current situation in Iraq

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All governments subsidize airplane manufacturers, but political entanglements are jeopardizing the “fairness” of a major competition, writes David Bercuson.

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In the almost 13 years since Canada decided against joining the U.S. in Ballistic Missile Defense, every major consideration that went into that decision has changed. It is time to pivot towards deterring regimes like North Korea.

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The biggest obstacle to passage of Canadian Arctic waters is the lack of both navigation facilities and rescue services, and this requires heavy icebreakers, notes David Bercuson.

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Elinor Sloan notes that despite its detailed costing and encouraging commitments to a wide range of investments, the failure to sufficiently address weaknesses in the military procurement system marks a significant shortcoming of the 2017 Defence Policy.

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A trade dispute has upended Canada's defence plan, announced this Spring, to fill a "capability gap" in the RCAF fleet with Boeing Super Hornets before the production line for this platform winds down. 

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The effort to replace Canada’s fighter jets is reaching new depths of hilarity, writes David Bercuson.

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Canada should resist the temptation to follow America's renewed effort in Afghanistan, notes David Bercuson.

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The Defence Policy is not perfect by any means, but it comes after exhaustive country-wide consultation, and although there are holes (procurement for one), David Bercuson says there is nothing to dislike.

Danny Lam's picture

Nuclear propulsion is ideal for long distances and extended under-ice missions that are unique to Canada. Is there a better, more affordable and collaborative way?  

The father of a white supremacist stands up and says "It was the silence of good people that allowed the Nazis to flourish the first time around, and it is the silence of good people that is allowing them to flourish now."

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The CAF really shines when it comes to niche military areas of expertise – we know how to specialize and become world experts. Peacekeeping of today is different, and leveraging the capabilities provided by civilian organizations that can blend advanced education, military experience and real-world approaches to address these complex realities is the next crucial step in becoming a global leader.

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Central BC's declared state of emergency has been extended until at least August 18. Firefighters require a huge support system behind them. Here's an insider’s view from behind the scene.

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Two exceptional special guest speakers have been confirmed for the Canada Army Run Pasta Dinner on September 16.

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It’s been just over a month since Canadians learned that their federal government had decided to issue an apology to Omar Khadr and to provide him with $10.5M in ‘compensation’. Let's review the facts.

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Ground readings suggest the Philippines is precariously close to becoming a failed state – a situation the world should not ignore.

Danny Lam's picture

The U.S. Navy has decided it needs 20 new missile-guided ships, with first delivery in 2024. Canada has been toying with the idea of a new Surface Combatant for years now, with very little progress (hoped for delivery starting 2026). Will the IP requirements of one project impact the other?

Blair Gilmore's picture

Keeping with the tradition of Canadian ingenuity, RCN planners came up with an innovative solution to building a positive presence in the region of West Africa.

BRETT BOUDREAU's picture

Rather than encourage accountability, accumulated flaws of the antiquated Access to Information Act (ATI Act) serve to shield against transparency within the bureaucracy of government.

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A new Angus Reid poll shows that 71% of Canadians feel Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the wrong choice in awarding an out of court settlement of $10.5 million to Omar Khadr. The question is: who is the PM representing?

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Does poor judgement require strong punishment or does it create a teaching opportunity that offers life-long benefit?

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Vice-President and Fellow Colin Robertson provides the historical and political background to the G20, and explains why this meeting is so important to world affairs and our own economy.

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By putting "people" first, the new Defence Policy is a clearer statement of priorities than we have seen in many years. Short on who, what, where, when, why and how, the rest of the report is weak, says David Bercuson.

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Three recent news items relate to Trudeau’s intent to send troops on a UN peacekeeping mission. Is the government hedging its bets?

Tim Dunne's picture

The tragic case of Corporal Lionel Desmond has created a call to action for a joint federal-provincial inquiry. Canada must work harder to make sure that our brave warriors don't fall through the cracks of multiple jurisdictional efforts.

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Corporal Lionel Desmond served his country proudly, and for that, Canada is grateful – but the national commitment does not end with a medical discharge, and must not end at his death.

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On a list of challenges worthy of Canada's newfound chutzpah, here’s one – the unfinished mission in Afghanistan. Will Foreign Affairs Minister Freeland match the rhetoric with action on NATO's request for non-military assistance in Afghanistan?

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MP Scott Brison explains how the Liberal’s Strong, Secure, Engaged themed Defence Policy will provide an extra $147 million to Military Family Resources Centers to boost support to military families across the country.

CHRIS KILFORD's picture

It all comes down to funding. As Deputy Director, I was part of the team that worked on the Martin defence policy implementation plan in late 2005, and then we switched to creating the Harper CFDS in early 2006 (it was finally published in 2008).  As you can imagine, I paid close attention to this latest policy effort.

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Announcing the long-awaited Defence Policy, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan stated that the Canadian military would see funding grow by more than $70 billion in 10 years.

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A look beyond the tweets to discern the reality of Trump's policies, specifically as they apply to NATO and Eastern Europe.

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Against a global backdrop of decreasing personnel deployments in all kinds of peacekeeping operations, Canada stepped up to the plate again May 29 with a four-year extension of its participation in Operation ARTEMIS counterterrorism and maritime security in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean.

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The Liberal promise to re-engage Canadian troops in UN peacekeeping ventures seems to have gone the way of most of their defence promises – unfulfilled, delayed or just plain forgotten.

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With the wide variety of marine activity in the waters around Vancouver and Victoria, it is easy to see why the Canadian Coast Guard decision to cancel its only rescue diving program came as a shock.

British police are reportedly desperately searching to find the bomb-making factory, the bomb-maker, and additional members of the ISIS terror cell operating in the United Kingdom in hopes of averting another tragic attack can occur.

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A number of scenarios that affect Canada and Russia are converging, and Canada now has its hands full responding to this growing complexity in the relationship, says Rob Huebert.

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Miniaturization of nuclear weapons and their combination with precision-guided munitions in an attempt to make them “safer” is a most dangerous road, says David Bercuson.

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The long-awaited Defence Policy Review will be unveiled June 7, two weeks after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a NATO heads of government meeting in Brussels. Defence Minister Sajjan confirmed the date to reporters on Parliament Hill, and revealed that Canada has been “working with our allies” on policy development.

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Transport Minister Marc Garneau has suggested that the Defence Policy Review, initiated by the Liberal government more than a year ago, will be made public within the next two weeks.

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The ability of the Canadian Armed Forces to carry out core roles have been undermined by successive government, a critical situation which Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said May 3 will require “significant” new funding.

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According to the Oxford Dictionary, a lie is an intentionally false statement (often involving deception or founded on a mistaken impression). A mistake, on the other hand, is caused by bad judgment or a disregard of rule or principle (for example, it was a mistake to lie ).

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An April 24 report to Congressional committees reviewing the program, the GAO said the DOD should not commit any more money to developing “future capabilities” of the F-35 before resolving issues with the baseline Joint Strike fighter.

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We need to have a political solution,” Defence Minister Sajjan told reporters when pressed for details about Syria. Sajjan said the fundamental instability of Syria, even in the long term, means Assad has to go.

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Plans and processes for improving the safety of Canadian Armed Forces personnel at all facilities should continue to be strengthened, said a House of Commons Standing Committee report to parliament.

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The major challenge facing Veterans is the complexity of dealing with the bureaucracy of the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada. Getting information and services related to entitlements and accessing care is no small feat.

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The differences between President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau are the result of two separate political pendulums, each operating at its own pace and at separate spots within the cycle.

Ken Pole's picture

The federal government is ready to hold back some 10 percent of the Department of National Defence’s funding.

Danny Lam's picture

Canadians were promised “open and transparent government” by the Liberal regime. This promise apparently does not apply to major defence programs that will burden the Canadian taxpayer for generations with hundreds of billions of spending.

GUY PARENT's picture

My goal is to ensure fairness for Veterans. To date, we have made 57 recommendations and, of these, the Government has fully or partially implemented 37, leaving 20 still to be addressed.

Boeing responds to the open letter from former Air Force Commanders who suggest cheaper alternatives to purchasing new Super Hornets.

An open letter from former Air Force commanders to the Prime Minister calls for dropping the Super Hornet plan and buy more legacy Hornets instead due to compelling financial considerations.

Danny Lam's picture

Canada is in default of its treaty obligations under Article 3 of the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty; it is time to examine the cold, hard facts – and make changes.

Laurie H@wn's picture

I have been very critical of the 100% politically motivated plan to buy 18 “interim” Super Hornets for some time and the story only gets worse. We could fill the fabricated “capability gap” with much cheaper options.

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Defeating the physical ISIS caliphate is an achievable goal but addresses none of the underlying causes and it would not end the conflicts of the region.

GUY PARENT's picture

I’ve been raising this issue for some time without success. There is an unfairness in the Veteran Health Care Regulations in how VAC reimburses Veterans for their treatment expenses.

Ken Pole's picture

A new report from that Senate Committee on National Security and Defence is proposing to revolutionize peacekeeping.

Robbin Laird's picture

Several trends are underway at the same time, and they add up to a significant redefinition of the global scene, power and policy priorities.

Chris MacLean's picture

Since when did it become good form to spit on the coffin of anyone but the most vile among us? Death is an opportunity to focus on the good in someone's life.

Danny Lam's picture

America is in the early stages of re-imagining a new international order aimed at solving critical new and emerging issues.

Ken Pole's picture

Peacekeepers do more than monitor ceasefires and separate warring parties; they manage conflicts within fragile states and facilitate peacebuilding and development. However, the results of these multi-dimensional missions is mixed.

Chris MacLean's picture

The Liberals have taken an unprecedented step in its draft RFP for the CSC, specifying that companies (and contractors) interested in bidding on CSC must not engage in advertising their qualifications. 

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This collection of essays by key experts offers informed advice and suggestions on issues that are the most germane to Canada's defence policy.

Danny Lam's picture

Rather than an off-the-shelf design, would a clean-sheet Canadian design, with a specialized support vessel, find market success with navies worldwide?

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Canadian Army Physiotherapy Officer talks about preventing injuries that tend to occur with operational duties.

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Has Canada been too closely identified with the political position of the Ukraine government, and too tight with US positions on Ukraine to distinguish itself as a potential honest broker in finding a political/diplomatic solution to the conflict?

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From all facets across the political spectrum, Donald Trump has been described as both the best and worst thing to happen to U.S. politics.

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Canadian Junior Ranger lessons include map and compass use, learning first aid skills, marksmanship training, search and rescue scenarios, and other important community services.

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Canada needs to engage with China; we all understand that – but not by professing moral equivalence with a dictatorship that refuses to address is human rights shortcomings, says the Ottawa Citizen.

James Cox's picture

Contrary to current media and public punditry, do not expect a major Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) deployment into Africa anytime soon. Some troops may go, as well as a few police and diplomats, but not enough to have any real effect.

Robbin Laird's picture

It can be easy to overlook how revolutionary a vertical lift aircraft that can operate at supersonic speeds actually is. The F-35B does not need a long runway to recover, and this makes it a much more survivable platform – especially at sea where options are limited.

The F-35B will be a staple for the US Marine Corps and the RAF, and will also be flown by the Italian Navy. A number of other Air Forces have shown interest as well, including Israel, Singapore, Japan, and Spain.

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The Korea Veterans Association urges Canadians to contact their Members of Parliament and Senators and implore them to prepare a bill that would extend long-term care to Korean War Veterans who arrived in Korea after the 27 July 1953 armistice.

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Isn't it amazing what happens when parties come into power – when the realities of governing, exposure to new information, and actually producing results are considered?

Chris MacLean's picture

May 20 - The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the most technically complex and advanced warship the world has ever seen, the future USS Zumwalt.

Casey Brunelle's picture

To state that tensions between Russia and NATO have risen markedly in the last several years does little to improve understanding and insight of political realities.

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The NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence has just published a major study of strategic communications during the Afghanistan campaign that has some important lessons for both military and private sector communicators and planners.

Robbin Laird's picture

Australia's Chief of the Army weighs in on the future of the joint environment. The core challenge is the co-evolution of ground, air and naval forces to deliver a timely capability.

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Richard Fadden, who announced his retirement last week after nearly 40 years of public service, told CBC Radio's As It Happens that while ISIS does not pose an "existential" threat to Canada, it is accomplishing its prime objective of breeding terror.

Ken Pole's picture

As the world is reeling from another massive terror attack in Europe, the Liberal govt’s first budget includes a “steadfast” commitment to enhancing security. 

Phil Gibson's picture

Debate over access to encrypted cell phone messages raises fundamental security and privacy issues. Why is this not a bigger issue in Canada? For one thing, it’s a political loser.

Robbin Laird's picture

The Australian government has recently released a comprehensive new Defence White Paper, along with two accompanying documents, to create more than a platform shopping list.

Scott Newark's picture

Reviewing the annually published Public Accounts, illuminates number of areas where a re-allocation of funds could revitalize public funding to be beneficial and relevant to more Canadians.

Robbin Laird's picture

With Putin aggressively reshaping Russia's place in the world, it will be crucial to shape a real policy towards deterrence of Russia, and it is worthwhile to revisit the Reagan strategy.

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Defence Minister Sajjan explains the government support efforts in the fight against Daesh.

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The recent Republican debate began with a quote from George Washington: “truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.”

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General Vance admonishes The Chronicle Herald for an editorial cartoon that insinuates the CAF has some issues with the subjugation of women.

George Petrolekas's picture

Tomorrow, the defence ministers from six nations will meet in Paris to discuss an acceleration and intensification of the coalition's efforts against the Islamic State. Canada will not be present. What does this absence mean?

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It is difficult to characterize 14 dead and 17 wounded as anything other than a shock to the United States. If Paris changed France, San Bernardino changes America.

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Although the words “veteran”, “defence” and “military” appeared only once each in the new Liberal government’s Speech from the Throne...

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Russia, France, Belgium, Turkey ... strategic reset in the fight against ISIS is shaping the future.

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The new Liberal administration is moving quickly on its campaign promise to have an open competition to replace the RCAF's aging fighter fleet.

Phil Gibson's picture

Key people were in Ottawa to discuss climate change, security and defence last week – but the security sector was noticeably absent.

George Petrolekas's picture

At first, I thought the government was going to be tone-deaf to the entreaties of the military, of pundits, and premiers that the refugee airlift to Canada needed to be slowed down...

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Recently, SLD published an article on the Turkish shoot-down of a Russian aircraft. A former USAF pilot made this comment:

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When analysts and intelligence experts were highlighting the warming sun of the Arab Spring, there was much hope: democracy was in the air and many believed the gap between Islam and the West might be closing.  

Casey Brunelle's picture

The recent Paris attacks reminds the world once again of the very real and evolving threat of militant extremism both at home and abroad.

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“IS” cannot be defeated as long as it controls territory that can produce large revenue and serve as base for operations – it has the Iraqi-Syrian desert that is providing them with some $1.5m per day worth of oil, in addition to ransom, an endless supply of archeological items and a few million Islamic tax (zakat, kharaj, ‘ushr) payers.

They are probably the richest Islamic terrorist organization in history, richer even than the dreaded Assassins of Alamut Mountain, who terrorized the Islamic world and the Crusaders between the 11th and 13th centuries.

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One month in, we're getting an idea of the new government's decision making.

When asked what is most likely to blow governments off course, Former UK PM, Harold Macmillan, is reputed to have answered "Events my boy, events."

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The new Government has made it clear that it intends to proceed with its campaign promise to bring 25K Syrian refugees from the war torn region to Canada and that it will try and do so before the end of this year. An ambitious plan but then converting political promise into government action often is.

K. Joseph Spears's picture

In the present world of social media, instantaneous communication, and the 24 hour news cycle, the words of the University of Toronto’s Prof. Harold Innis’ former student, Marshall McClellan, spring to mind: “the medium is the message”. In the past decade, during the reign of the Harper government, we had a lot of photo ops and tough talk about Canada being a warrior on the world stage. It often seemed more effort was spent promoting the government than on the actual mission.

Robbin Laird's picture

Italian pilots fly an Australian F-35 from an American Base. Talk about "next generation". An unprecedented level of international integration is being brought to life by the F-35 program. Training jumps the concept of interoperability and jumps straight into integration.

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Rona Ambrose has been chosen by her fellow party members as the interim leader of the new Conservative party. Ambrose, a very experienced Minister who held the portfolios of Environment, Public Works, and Health during her time in the Conservative Cabinet, was at times impeded by an Opposition that often opposed for the sake of being combative...

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The new ministers of National Defence and Veterans Affairs in the federal cabinet, while brand-new to Parliament, offer a potential message of cautious optimism to the military community from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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The new Liberal government-in-waiting in Ottawa evidently is about to call “eject, eject, eject” on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for the Royal Canadian Air Force. While not a surprise, given the Liberals’ frequently-stated position while they were a rump presence in the House of Commons after the 2011 election, that they would set in motion a whole new review of potential replacements for the RCAF’s augmented fleet of Boeing CF-188 Hornet fighters.

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The sinking last month of the Newfoundland Fishing Vessel Atlantic Charger, a new state-of-the-art dragger at the entrance of Hudson Strait in Canada’s Arctic waters, raises questions about Canada’s Arctic search and rescue capability. Brad Watkins, the vessel owner and member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, told reporters the crew had asked him “where was the damn chopper”.

George Petrolekas's picture

The Munk Debate on Monday was by far the best debate so far in this campaign. It was civil, generally not a cacophony, and Canadians could hear leaders positions on a variety of themes – well articulated and without interruption.  We are better for that, and congratulations to Munk and Rudyard Griffiths for that success.  

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Both opposition leaders speak of evidence-based policy, and they are right to say that.  But equally, they should refrain from fallling into the trap of emotions-based policy – which is what we risk falling into now.
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There’s a body of opinion which holds that retired military officers should eschew politics, that lending their names and/or ranks to a political campaign is a form of prostitution, and that using their experience and leadership skills in the civilian world is somehow "wrong". 

George Petrolekas's picture

It is 39 days into Canada's federal campaign, and there's a sense of "enough already"… at least the daily dose of the economy.  We know now the details of each leader's priorities with respect to balanced budgets, spending and deficits. We have a pretty good idea of how the economy would grow under the three differing options . There's enough information to make choices on that front. Enough already.

Being the leader of a G7 nation is far more than keeping a stringent eye on the books, growing the economy, and our national taxation rates.

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The Aussies Shape a Path of Combat Innovation: Plan Jericho and the Way Ahead. I recently returned from Australia where the Royal Australian Air Force is put in motion what they call Plan Jericho.  In effect, the RAAF is providing the Australian Defense Force with an approach to transform jointness, or how the various elements of the ADF can work together to enhance combat effect.