INTERVIEWS

FRONTLINE INTERVIEWS

The following list is a compilation of the interviews FrontLine has published over the years.

Lessons Learned
(2017,  
issue 1)

At the annual CDA conference, Interim leader Rona Ambrose shared her thoughts on the defence policy review and defence procurement.

Commander Peter Bergen Henegouwen (Royal Netherlands Navy)
(2015,  
issue 5)

Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group One (SNMCMG 1) contributes to keeping sea trade safe and open.

Commodore Brian Santarpia
(2015,  
issue 4)

From the Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 headquarters in Bahrain, Commodore Brian Santarpia commanded the ships and aircraft of 30 nations in the multinational counter-terrorism task force.

Rear-Admiral John Newton
(2015,  
issue 2)

The Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and Joint Force Command Atlantic talks to FrontLine about his priorities.

VAdm Mark Norman
(2015,  
issue 1)

Getting many new ship builds underway through cooperation with key government departments, ­managing operations with reduced fleets, finding innovative ways to train enough new recruits, and the daunting task of overhauling navy culture, are all key priorities on the Admiral’s plate.

Frank Brunetta
(2014,  
issue 4)

The Ombudsman, Frank Brunetta, and his Deputy, Lorezo Ieraci, make sure the OPO staff is ready to spring into action when a potential defence supplier calls for assistance in the complex matters related to defence procurement.

Guy Parent - Veterans Ombudsman
(2014,  
issue 4)

The Office of the Veterans Ombudsman continues its efforts to resolve issues between veterans and VAC, protecting the interests of approximately 800,000 Canadian veterans and retired RCMP officers.

Tom Ring, Patrick Finn, and Philip Jennings
(2014,  
issue 3)

Procurement Reform: The Government of Canada has initiated the first stages transformative policy changes to guide procurement reforms.

Colonel André Dupuis
(2014,  
issue 1)

In this interview of DND's DG Space, Col André Dupuis asserts that Canada recognizes the multi-faceted need for space-based assets to fulfill a range of whole of government requirements.

Admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi
(2014,  
issue 1)

Interview with Admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi of Italy. Operations in the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea have brought Canadian and Italian navies into closer operational contact, and strengthened ties already forged within NATO.

BGen Rick Pitre
(2013,  
issue 6)

What is happening at Director General Space these days? A lot, explains the head of DND's Director General Space. read more >>

BGen Jean-Robert Bernier
(2013,  
issue 6)

CAF Health Services is recognized as a leader in many areas of military medicine, but is failing veterans suffering mental illnesses.

Lt-Gen Deptula, USAF Deputy Chief of Staff: ISR
(2013,  
issue 6)

Could the most significant post-Afghan development of unmanned vehicles be to shape cooperative relationships with indigenous forces in pursuit of shared counter-insurgency objective.

VAdm Mark Norman
(2013,  
issue 4)

The new Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, has taken the wheel during a time of renewed fiscal restraint. How will these priorities affect readiness throughout the fleet?

BGen Jean-Robert Bernier
(2013,  
issue 4)

The Director General of the Health Services Group speaks about the Road to Mental Readiness and other initiatives.

LGen Yvan Blondin
(2013,  
issue 3)

The New Commander of the RCAF shares his vision for the Air Force and speaks candidly about a new priority for thinking outside the box and finding more efficient ways to do business. It is leading to improved training times while saving costs and reducing the environmental footprint.

Colonel Bernd Horn
(2013,  
issue 2)

An interview with the Chief of Staff, Strategic Training Education Programs, looks at the perceived value of educating our military.

General Charles Jacoby
(2013,  
issue 1)

As the Arctic ice shrinks, the vulnerabilities grow. A conversation about Arctic strategy with Commander NORAD and NORTHCOM, U.S. General Charles Jacoby.

LGen Markus Bentler, Commander
(2012,  
issue 4)

The Response Forces Operations Command is the multinational and joint Bundeswehr command equipped to deploy anywhere in the world to ­exercise command and control of operations abroad.

VAdm Paul Maddison
(2011,  
issue 6)

The new Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy talks candidly about maritime and national security, ­discusses the challenges involved in preparing our sumbarines for operational readiness, increasing recruitment and securing the ocean commons for all peaceful nations.

Julian Fantino
(2011,  
issue 5)

Former Police Commissioner has a steep learning curve ahead if he is to make any difference to Defence Procurement.

Major R.D. Morrin
(2011,  
issue 4)

Peter Pigott interviews Major R.D. Morrin about the only designated air asset in the North – hardy Twin Otter pilots are uniquely motivated to fly.

Rear-Admiral Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha
(2011,  
issue 3)

Mexican Navy deals with increasingly threats by transnational organized crime and subversive elements.

LGen Walter Semianiw
(2011,  
issue 2)

Protecting Canadians at home is ‘Job One’ for Canada Command. This organization is concerned with all aspects of national security – often working under the lead of Public Safety Canada to provide an important asset for emergency management.

RAdm David Gardam
(2011,  
issue 1)

Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic speaks with Tim Dunne about how the NSPS will help Canada revive its formerly powerful shipbuilding industry. Admiral Gardam also talks about how the Navy can help monitor and guard against numerous threats initiated from the maritime domain.

Major General Mohammad Dawran
(2010,  
issue 3)

Religious instruction in the Army and Air Corps is to educate the new recruits in the realities of Islam.

Commodore Hans Jung
(2009,  
issue 5)

The stigma of mental health illnesses is a challenging barrier to health care. The key to effective treatment is that people come forward to discuss their concerns.

LGen Andrew Leslie
(2009,  
issue 3)

The Chief of the Land Staff, discusses army training and the challenges he faces in preparing (and protecting) Canada’s soldiers for the many dangerous tasks that are asked of them.

General Egon Ramms
(2008,  
issue 3)

General Egon Ramms, German Army Commander of Allied Joint Force ­Command Brunssum.

Senator Joseph Day
(2008,  
issue 2)

An interview with Senator Joseph Day after his return from Afghanistan.

Rear-Admiral Witthauer
(2007,  
issue 5)

Commanding EUFOR in Bosnia since December 2006, RAdm Witthauer of Germany has direct command over 2500 troops stationed there. There is tremendous opportunity for development at many ­levels in the Balkans, and EUFOR is helping the people stay on track with their aim of lasting peace and in progressing towards integration in the European Union.

LGen Angus Watt
(2007,  
issue 5)

Recruit, train, and equip – these three words sum up the responsibilities of the Chief of the Air Staff – and always with an eye to the future. Long term plans focus on investing in capability, something that has been gradually diminished in recent decades. 

Capt(N) Victor Nikitin
(2007,  
issue 4)

An interview with Capt(N) Nikitin, Russia's Defence Attache.

LGen Marc Dumais
(2006,  
issue 5)

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.

Gen Rick Hillier
(2006,  
issue 4)

Fixing What's Broken: “It’s a great time to be in the CF!” says General Hillier after less than two years as CDS. He is in the enviable position of rebuilding an energized Canadian Forces…

Gen Rick Hillier
(2006,  
issue 2)

General Hillier explains his understanding of why Canada has agreed to help Afghan government authorities establish a secure environment and aid in governance and reconstruction.

MGen Walt Natynczyk
(2006,  
issue 2)

The CF is determined to follow the government’s new Defence Policy Statement. MGen Walt Natynczyk, appointed as Chief of the Canadian Forces Transformation on 1 June 2005, will lead that effort.

The Honourable Anne McLennan
(2005,  
issue 6)

PSEPC was created with a mandate to build and implement national policies for emergency management, national security, and public safety. Minister McLellan discusses some of the many priorities facing her department.

(2005,  
issue 5)

Chief Test Pilot, Gianluca Evangelisti, and Test Pilot, Agostino Frediani, have been with the C-27J Spartan program from the start. Both talked to FrontLine’s Peter Pigott at the Alenia Caselle facility about the aircraft.

VAdm Bruce MacLean
(2005,  
issue 4)

The new emphasis on Security being recognized and supported by the Canadian Government has had a reinforcing effect on the Navy. After decades of downsizing, the Navy is building and diversifying to cover a wide range of security and policing roles on our coasts.

LGen Steve Lucas
(2005,  
issue 3)

Canada’s newest Chief of the Air Staff explains how the transformed Air Force will reposition itself to effectively respond to threats faced in today’s world.

BGen Dwayne Lucas
(2005,  
issue 3)

The revolutionary new way of contracting for the Air Force, Optimized Weapons System Support Management, puts more responsibility on industry, but they also gain in the global market by becoming “best of breed.”

(2005,  
issue 3)

The latest model is the C-130J, and it represents a nearly complete reinvention of the Hercules.

Interview with Dan Ross, ADM(Mat)
(2005,  
issue 2)

Addressing the newest challenges and priorities of information management, Dan Ross helps to maximize IM capabilities in a diverse job with a broad scope and critical customers.

LGen Rick Hillier
(2005,  
issue 1)

Combining previous experience in volatile countries with his service in Afghanistan as Commander of the multinational International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in 2004, LGen Rick Hillier is well positioned to transfer lessons learned fighting rebel forces to the new Army transformation and regeneration process.

Interview: Stan Jacobson
(2004,  
issue 5)

Canada's defence industry is struggling to find ways to mitigate some aspects of the ITAR policy and the way it is administered. The CDIA has some recommendations which may help.

Interview: MGen Andrew Leslie
(2004,  
issue 4)

Returning from his Kabul posting as Deputy Commander of ISAF, MGen Leslie remains convinced of the need for more soldiers and modernized equipment. In an exclusive FrontLine interview, he offers his insight of time spent in Kabul, and makes a surprising suggestion for increased efficiency. 

Interview: General Ray Henault
(2004,  
issue 2)

The Canadian Forces responds to the changing security environment.

Admiral Ishikawa, Chairman of the Joint Staff Councils
(2004,  
issue 1)

Before his recent retirement as Canada’s Defence Attaché in Japan, Capt(N) B.R. Brown interviewed the Chairman of Japan’s Joint Staff Council, Admiral Ishikawa, about his plan of action.