TABLE OF CONTENTS 2022 issue 1

BY ANDREW KENDRICK

The National Shipbuilding Strategy has failed, is continuing to fail, and needs to be scrapped in order to prevent irreparable damage to the Canadian Navy and Coast Guard. An objective evaluation is urgently required.

BY EUGENE GERDEN

Amid the ongoing military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the countries of Northern Europe, including the Baltic States, are putting serious effort into bolstering defence programs and activating procurement of new weapons and combat equipment – quickly increasing their military spending and expanding their military infrastructure, capacity and readiness – and NATO commitments.

BY ROBBIN LAIRD

It has been almost a year since Australia cancelled its diesel submarine contract with the French Naval Group, preparing to instead acquire nuclear powered attack submarines. The most significant aspect of that decision is that Australia had taken a path that has been quietly evolving for some time, launching its next phase of strategic development.

BY HUDSON ON THE HILL

Promises to keep and miles to go. The long and often frustrating overhaul of Canada’s military justice system continues. Even with the recent implementation of Bill C-77 (a package of amendments to the National Defence Act intended to protect vulnerable witnesses within the military justice system), the road ahead is long.

Either equal destruction
BY ARIE EGOZI

Does Russia prefer cruise missiles over ballistic when targeting Ukrainian air force and ground based air defence assets? Are they now going against the UN Convention and using cluster munitions? Israeli missile expert comments on Russia's targeting tactics in Ukraine. One thing is clear, either equal destruction of Ukraine assets, infrastructure, and lives.

LCol (Retired) CALEB WALKER

Hidden in the background of its many competing priorities is the exponential capability gap in the digital domain, an area where the rest of the world is adapting faster every year but the Canadian Armed Forces is struggling to keep up – a Digital Insurgency is needed.

Two books are reviewed this month. A foundational review of the CAF and Canadian peacekeeping, written two decades ago, is becoming increasingly relevant once more as the world faces new complexities and hot spots. In the other, a strong-worded narrative of American history, a credible effort attempts to close “the gap between what scholars know and what students learn” and writes in a way that non-historians will appreciate. Of particular interest to soldiers and officers of any Western military, the book outlines the foundations for many decisions that led to actual deployments across recent generations.

BY FRONTLINE

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 the critical missions of the Canadian Armed Forces.

BY ALEXANDER LANDRY and LIAM PATRICK

As repercussions of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continue to grow, we recognize that these tensions are, ironically, dangerously intertwined with energy security, and further complicated by climate change.

At a ceremony in Halifax today, Vice-Admiral Angus Topshee assumed the duties of Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy from VAdm Craig Baines in a change of command ceremony presided over by General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defence Staff.

BY MICHEL MAISONNEUVE

When U.S. Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State visited Kyiv on April 24th, stating “We want to see Russia weakened..." it marked a turning point in the Russian war against Ukraine. The U.S. is now fully engaged and will not let Ukraine lose. Although the West hopes not to have to put boots on the ground, hope is not an effective strategy.