TABLE OF CONTENTS 2020 issue 1

Australia Shipbuilding - Implications for Canada
BY ROBBIN LAIRD

The Royal Australian Navy plays a big part in Australia’s extensive transformation process. The new procurement approach has been labelled a “continuous shipbuilding process,” and has the potential to impact defence procurement processes of its allies.

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), announced, in March 2020, the list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) appointments, promo­tions, and retirements for 2020, and then announced his own retirement in July.

A FRONTLINE REPORT

FrontLine has gathered the key industry leaders in the defence and national security sectors. These are the project primes and specialized subcontractors that provide Top Quality solutions for these critical sectors.

Airborne Early Warning & Control
BY KEN POLE

Accurate plotting of a potential enemy's next moves has seen militaries worldwide rely increasingly on sophisticated technologies for strategic advantage, and that's where NATO's Airborne Early Warning & Control force comes in.

AUG 2020

Personnel changes in your defence community include: Raytheon, DRS, ADGA, MDA, DND, Canadian Embassy in Washington, Cdn Forces College, and Climatopolis.

Challenges in the Persian Gulf
By Debalina Ghoshal

In naval warfare, one of the best tools for area denial is the anti-ship missile system. Iran is developing sophisticated anti-ship missile systems to counter any offensive advantage posed by its adversaries. 

BY CASEY BRUNELLE

Whether we like it or not, systemic relations, transactions, and clashes between people and polities across the globe rarely have the consideration to pause for our convenience (or global pandemics). One’s understanding of conflict must continually be challenged in order to be relevant when it is needed most. Through a historical evaluation of the foreign policy objectives of the three major pre-Islamic iterations of Iranian dominance, this essay concludes that many of the historical lessons can be accurately applied today.

BY GARRY W.G. CLEMENT

Former Money laundering investigator shares thoughts on what the pending report on Money Laundering in BC is expected to reveal, and offers his own recommendations to close legal loopholes that make Canada a lucrative option for such criminal behaviour. 

BY CHRIS MACLEAN

Since May 25th, thousands of people of all ethnicities have taken to the streets in multiple cities around the world, as a groundswell movement for real and equal justice for all people began to take hold. Will 2020 finally be the year in which listening turns to hearing, and then to action? Change has indeed begun. Hopefully our leaders will embrace and assist this grassroots progress, but if not, to borrow from General Mattis, we can still do it together. What will you do?

BY EUGENE GERDEN

Despite the pandemic, European NATO members have no plans to cut their military budgets or revise their defence doctrines this year, according to statements made by the highest senior commanders of the Alliance and representatives of various ministries of Defence. Quite the contrary, many are considering a further raising of their combat potential as one way to stimulate their economies, which were negatively affected by COVID-19.

Disaster relief on the home front
BY KEN POLE

As 2020 rolled in, few could have guessed that members of the Canadian Armed Forces would soon be helping elderly Canadians battle an invisible enemy: the novel coronavirus that had emerged in China's Wuhan province in late 2019.

We Can Do Better
BY STEPHEN SADLER

Toronto Police Service Trainers analyze recent protests from a best practices and crowd management perspective. Updated and consistent training is one part of the solution to change response tactics from aggressive escalation to serving the public right to peaceful protest.

BY ROSS FETTERLY

As COVID continues to force the federal government to implement measures that will inject liquidity into the economy, now is the time to reflect on annual defence budgets and the impact on capabilities from long-term funding shifts.

BY JAMES FRYER

Efforts to combat the effects of COVID-19 may compel deep cuts to DND/CAF – creating an opportunity to re-align security policy across government. A clearer distinction between 'compulsory' and 'discretionary' missions will help ensure the military's relevance for the most important challenges facing Canadians.

COVID-19 is both a threat-event and a national security concern, able to expose vulnerabilities of a nation and set the stage for grey-zone tactics by adversaries.

BY CHRIS MACLEAN

An unsettling revelation that Information Ops on the Canadian public had been underway for some time before the CDS got wind of it called an immediate halt. Considering that neither the CDS nor the Minister were aware of this initiative, one has to wonder what level of oversight exists for those operators?

BY CHRIS MACLEAN, BY KEN POLE

10 May update: Partial remains of second crew member, Captain Brenden Ian MacDonald, have been identified after CH-148 Cyclone accident. A repatriation ceremony for all six Canadian Armed Forces members killed at sea in a helicopter crash, took place on 6 May 2020. Read original story and updates here.​