Chris MacLean (Nov 06, 2022)

Canada’s military colleges are widely seen as clinging to a bygone era, so how and why does the status quo continue to prevail? Dr Danic Parenteau and LGen Michel Maisonneuve (retired) propose that RMC and RMC Saint-Jean need a reset.

CDS Announcement (Aug 09, 2022)

Chief of the Defence Staff General Wayne Eyre concluded the 2022 meeting of the Arctic Chiefs of Defence in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Canada hosted representatives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and the United States to share lessons learned from ongoing Arctic operations and to coordinate enhanced cooperation.

Chris MacLean (Jun 27, 2022)

Keeping Russia "at bay" is not a solution to the carnage happening in Ukraine. With Russia firing 10 times the amount of ammunition than Ukraine, Putin knows he will win, unless something changes.

STEPHEN SADLER (Jun 20, 2022)

It is now 11 years since I served in Afghanistan, and almost a year since those who helped us were abandoned to the increasing brutality of Taliban rule, it's time the govt cut the red tape and made good on its promises.

Canadian Press (Jun 16, 2022)

Allowing Russia to have global dominance in oil and gas was a strategic mistake. Resilience will only come if western countries don’t allow a geographic concentration of mineral production in countries that can’t be trusted, says Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

J. PAUL de B. TAILLON (Jun 05, 2022)

Putin's invasion of Ukraine has had a unifying effect within NATO. We have a moral responsibility to do everything in our power to counter Putin – to keep the economic and political pressure on him while pouring arms, ammo, artillery, medical, food, and aircraft to sustain the UKR forces in this fight.

Chris MacLean (May 01, 2022)

Last week, the Canadian government unanimously decreed that Russia’s activities in Ukraine constitute “acts of genocide”. What can Canada do to actually stop the carnage?

CDS Announcement (Apr 21, 2022)

General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defence Staff, has announced first round senior appointments and promotions for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) General and Flag Officers in 2022.

Louis Cuppens (Apr 20, 2022)

Although Canada’s recent budget did increase some national security spending, it failed to meet NATO’s basic defence expenditure target. At a time when the world stands on the brink of global conflict, I find such government fumbling incredible.

Ken Pole (Apr 07, 2022)

Eight million in new defence spending and "a swift defence policy review", are part of the latest pledge to better equip the CAF for an increasingly complicated global environment.

Louis Cuppens (Mar 15, 2022)

Our military has been eviscerated through chronic under-funding and a host of challenges, including recruiting and retention. In the face of current danger, will politicians step up? Will anything change?

Scott Newark (Nov 26, 2021)

As a general description of the Government’s intended policy agenda going forward, the following Throne Speech extracts are of potential relevance to Safety & Security readers.

STEPHEN SADLER (Oct 01, 2021)

As a former police trainer in Afghanistan, I heard from one of my interpreters who was in dire and immediate fear for his life. Canada has forsaken its duty to protect those who had helped us at great personal risk to themselves and their families.

Chris MacLean (Aug 27, 2021)

What are economists in Canada saying about efforts to guide a strong recovery? What are epidemiologists around the globe saying about the swing towards vaccine-resistant mutations that will render current vaccines ineffective?

CoE – PTSD (Aug 18, 2021)

As the Taliban sweeps across Afghanistan, it is important to appreciate how the dire situation faced by Afghan interpreters is re-traumatizing Canadian Veterans and causing distress to their families.

Chris MacLean (Aug 04, 2021)

Afghans once put their lives and those of their families at risk to assist the Canadian Forces mission in Afghanistan in the hopes of a better future. While the Taliban threatens to make grisly examples of those left behind, our govt demands a lengthy documentation and validation process. Something is wrong with this picture.

Casey Brunelle (Jul 15, 2021)

Even though Israeli border police and transportation officials strongly discourage travel to the West Bank, travelling in an around the area was an incredible cultural adventure.

Scott Newark (Jul 11, 2021)

An analysis federal plans and main estimates for the following: Public Safety Canada; RCMP; CBSA; CSC; Justice, CCG; Indigenous Services; Women and Gender Equality; GAC / International Development; Transport Canada; and DND.

LGen WAYNE EYRE (Jun 30, 2021)

Acting Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre, makes a public statement following the recent judgement calls by senior leaders.


In a fiery speech, Major Barbara Maisonneuve (retired) addressed the Cadet Wing and staff at RMC Saint-Jean in 2018. Her cautionary "common sense approach" to human relations is even more relevant today.

Chris (May 18, 2021)

DND alerted media Friday evening that MGen Dany Fortin, the public face of the federal vaccine rollout, is under investigation. Zero details. Short and cryptic. CTV News jumped into action and the details they uncovered highlight how damaging unnamed allegations can be.

TONY BATTISTA (May 02, 2021)

It is most unfortunate that the recent MND announcement about sexual misconduct left us with the impression that this is another study to study previous studies! It did not explain well.

DND Statement (Apr 29, 2021)

The Minister of National Defence announces that Madame Louise Arbour will lead an Independent External Comprehensive Review into harassment and sexual misconduct in the DND/CAF. Her mandate is to provide concrete recommendations to set up an independent, external reporting system that is free from any influence of the Chain of the Command.

PATRICK SKINNER (Apr 29, 2021)

A serving police officer reflects on the state of policing today with a message to colleagues: "We can't be defensive." This highlights, for Canada as well, the critical thinking that must sweep aside any remnants of the culture that has mangled the concept of equal Justice.

Chris MacLean (Apr 20, 2021)

On all three counts against him, former police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the deadly-force arrest of George Floyd. It's an important step on a journey that must not pause.

Ken Pole (Apr 20, 2021)

While there were no major military capital projects in the federal budget tabled on 19 April, it reinforces a policy that will impact the Future Fighter Capability Project and many others going forward.

TONY BATTISTA (Apr 07, 2021)

When it comes to criminal investigations, changes to the National Defence Act could remove the possibility and perception of interference by the chain of command, would make the military police accountable to the law, and will go a long way to rebuilding trust in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Robbin Laird (Apr 06, 2021)

A priority focus on building resilience, and enhanced sovereignty and security, has led Australia to invest $1B to fast-track the creation of a new Weapons Enterprise, intended to boost skilled jobs and help secure its sovereign capabilities.

NAVAL ASSN CANADA (Mar 04, 2021)

In an effort to assist readers in evaluating PBO cost estimates and comparisons between the CSC and other warship designs, Naval Association of Canada provides context to the process.

TONY BATTISTA (Mar 01, 2021)

An objective assessment would recognize that having the Head of Military Police report to the chain of command constitutes a major flaw in accountability. This situation must be tackled head-on as part of the current review of the NDA and the Military Justice System.

DND Statement (Feb 24, 2021)

This statement from DND explains key differences between their cost estimates and those of the PBO, confirms the extensive research that went into selecting the design, and notes the high cost of starting the process all over.

Ken Pole (Feb 12, 2021)

With only two weeks to respond, Airbus and Boeing are expected to compete to replace Canada's ageing fleet of CC-150 Polaris aircraft. An ITQ (Invitation to Qualify) was posted on 12 Feb by Procurement Canada.

Robbin Laird (Feb 02, 2021)

The question of the direct defense in Europe today is broader than just the Russian challenge. More than ever before, global alliances allow nations to work together, and that achievement is key to creating multi-national coalitions of the willing and fortify real deterrents.

ALAN WILLIAMS (Jan 25, 2021)

Analysis has shown that Canada's Surface Combatants are expected to be nearly three times the per unit cost of the U.S. Navy's new multi-mission frigates. Prudence suggests the government examine alternatives.

Chris MacLean (Jan 20, 2021)

Amanda Gorman, America's first-ever youth poet laureate, read her insightful and moving poem during the inauguration of President Joe Biden. "The Hill We Climb" is worth reading over and over.

Chris MacLean (Jan 12, 2021)

As we anxiously await deliverance from COVID-19, remember the lessons learned in 1955. We must not rush production beyond its capacity to produce and administer a safe vaccine.

ROSS FETTERLY (Jan 10, 2021)

A pandemic reinforces the importance of Provincial government roles in the daily lives of the Canadian population, and communication is key to confidence in the process.

ROSS FETTERLY (Dec 14, 2020)

As Canada receives 249,000 vaccines for first-phase distribution, the coordination – on a massive scale – will benefit from military operational planning and execution.

ARIE EGOZI (Nov 17, 2020)

Arab countries are uncertain about the new U.S administration attitude towards them, and are anxiously watching for the expected policy changes to come.

Chris MacLean (Nov 06, 2020)

6 Nov 2020 – By banning the wearing of poppies by its employees, Whole Foods (owned by Amazon) had wandered onto a reputational minefield. It had to calculate its next move very carefully. (new update 7 Nov).

Louis Cuppens (Oct 27, 2020)

Everywhere we look within DND, we find delay. This ranges from replacing vital equipment to appointing a new leader – what does that say about how the government prioritizes its Armed Forces?

ARIE EGOZI (Oct 21, 2020)

Israel may ask Canada to extend its participation in the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Peninsula beyond the current 2022 plan if the Pentagon eliminates or reduces American participation.

Ken Pole (Sep 02, 2020)

This year’s biennial two-week Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) has finished off with a bang. In fact, lots of bangs that resulted in the sinking of a ship.

Ken Pole (Aug 27, 2020)

Three bids for replacing Canada's ageing fighter aircraft were received before the 31 July deadline. In advance of that much-delayed decision, contracts for new fighter facilities at 4 Wing Cold Lake and 3 Wing Bagotville are moving forward.

CGAI (Jun 02, 2020)

Ross Fetterley reflects on annual defence budgets and the impact on capabilities from long-term funding shifts as COVID continues to force the federal government to implement measures that will inject liquidity into the economy.

CWGC (May 21, 2020)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is offering to personally lay tributes at graves and memorials in Normandy on behalf of relatives and veterans who cannot travel. 

Chris MacLean (Apr 01, 2020)

The federal government has done, and is continuing to do a very credible job of providing solid information and leadership during the health crisis facing the globe. Someone should tell Andrew Scheer to stop making COVID-19 a misguided political campaign (he lost already) and get onboard with trying to help Canadians deal constructively with the many challenges. 

Chris MacLean (Mar 29, 2020)

HBO has released a documentary on the rapid spread of disinformation to the public. It shows how it is being embraced and justified by the people creating it, and how readily it becomes accepted.

NEWS (Mar 10, 2020)

On 9 March, NORAD intercepted Russian aircraft that flew as close as 50 nautical miles to the Alaskan coastline.

Chris MacLean (Feb 27, 2020)

With the first case of "community spread" of COVID-19, the alarm comes "not despite that low fatality rate, but because of it." Let's not forget, we already learned the most important measures during the SARS outbreak of 2003.

Louis Cuppens (Jan 14, 2020)

The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM), which recognized the selfless and patriotic act of volunteering for service, must be re-introduced and issued to all veterans; however, the Government of Canada continues to ignore the value of volunteering to serve.

Ken Pole (Jan 08, 2020)

Prime Minister Trudeau convenes the government's Incident Response Group, which is tasked with reviewing national crises or foreign developments of direct relevance to Canada.

Ken Pole (Dec 17, 2019)

Operating unmanned aerial vehicles beyond line of sight improves their effectiveness and potential but this also requires real-time situational awareness for more effective deployment and safety reasons. Calgary-based Canadian UAVs and Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop “a complete airspace” solution. 

Ken Pole (Dec 10, 2019)

A report published in The Washington Post questions the viability of US efforts in Afghanistan, asserting that "senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign." This inevitably leads to questions on Canada's role.

Ken Pole (Dec 05, 2019)

Liberal MP Anthony Rota was voted in as the new Speaker of the House of Commons for the 43rd Parliament which opened Nov 5th.

HUDSON ON THE HILL (Nov 21, 2019)

Hudson examines recent government changes through a defence and security lens. Ministerial changes, departmental and mandate adjustments,  background insights and other nuggets.

Louis Cuppens (Nov 12, 2019)

As preparations continue for the forthcoming NATO summit in London, Canada once again is considered as a “defence freeloader”.

CGAI (Nov 12, 2019)

Registration is still open for the Canadian Global Affairs Institute’s upcoming conference, "Defence Procurement in the 43rd Parliament" taking place on Wednesday, November 20th at the Chateau Laurier. Finalized program now available.

BRIAN WILFORD (Nov 05, 2019)

How does thousands in compensation for a tortured Canadian Veteran, crippled for life from his commitment to serve the will of the Canadian govt, compare to the millions in payouts to Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati, Muayyed Nureddin, Omar Khadr, and Maher Arar. After years of indifference by his own government, the soldier remarked: “It may be the law, but it isn’t fair and it isn’t just.”


One thing is certain from a defence and security perspective – there will be no shortage of paradoxes.


Voting by secret ballot was an innovation to protect voters, but today's huge databases of information have been making privacy protection a major challenge.

Ken Pole (Aug 26, 2019)

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Canadian supply chain could factor into the replacemant of Canada's ageing fighter jets. The supply chain includes 71 first- and second-tier Canadian suppliers – a clear benefit of Canada’s long-term involvement in the multi-national JSF project.

JOE VARNER (Aug 25, 2019)

With the looming threat of conventional wars between great and regional powers appearing increasingly likely, the U.S. should quickly shore up its strategic military alliances.

CWGC (Jun 03, 2019)

Called Voices of Liberation, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has created its first online sound archive to capture the voices of veterans who served during the war – to record their stories and feelings related to the Second World War and its sites of remembrance.

Louis Cuppens (May 27, 2019)

Neither DND nor Veterans Affairs Canada track, with any accuracy, the number of suicide casualties of Canadian military. Part of this inaccuracy stems from the fact that Canadian military reservists are not included in figures released by either department.

DAN DONOVAN (May 24, 2019)

A recent Léger Marketing poll surveyed 1,522 eligible Canadian voters. The results suggest that the electorate is looking for a new leader – and the Green party's Elizabeth May is seen as the most knowledgeable, ethical and balanced leader of the bunch.

J. PAUL de B. TAILLON (May 16, 2019)

The caliphate may lie in ruins, but IS leaders and foot soldiers are now well-trained, well-led, combat-experienced, potentially well-financed, and patiently continuing the long-game battle for world domination.

FRONTLINE NEWS (May 08, 2019)

More than two years after breach of trust charges were laid against VAdm Mark Norman, the charges have officially been stayed in court. Norman has denied the charges all along, and has been in a long fight to defend his integrity.

Louis Cuppens (Apr 11, 2019)

As the 75th anniversary of D-Day approaches, I ponder what impact this event has, and will continue to have on Canadian society. 

Scott Newark (Mar 21, 2019)

Independence, transparency, and de-politicization are achievable improvements that can be made in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin case. Scott Newark examines and itemizes changes the government can implement to prevent similar scandals from erupting. 

Ken Pole (Mar 21, 2019)

The defence portion of the 2019 federal Budget includes renewing the Government's Middle East Strategy, and the security portion suggests changes to the business model of the Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

DAN DONOVAN (Mar 12, 2019)

After connecting the dots between Brison and SNC, we see how perfectly orchestrated this could have been... if it wasn't for The Globe blowing the lid off.

SIPRI (Mar 12, 2019)

Arms imports by states in the Middle East increased by 87% between 2009-13 and 2014-18. "Weapons from the USA, the United Kingdom and France are in high demand in the Gulf region," says Senior Researcher Pieter D. Wezeman. Read on for global stats.

Secretary General EU diplomatic service (Mar 06, 2019)

Today, major powers openly challenge the rules-based international order and seek to promote a world divided into spheres of influence. Climate change is becoming an existential threat while cyberspace and disinformation campaigns have become the new weapons. Unity is the key to success as we face these challenges.

Chris MacLean (Mar 05, 2019)

Were repeated Liberal protestations, suggesting that former Minister Wilson-Raybould should have resigned rather than stick to her convictions, a factor in yesterday's resignation of Treasury Board Minister Jane Philpott?

Chris MacLean (Feb 28, 2019)

Ironically, now that the types of (alleged) backdoor political interference that are threatening the careers of even the most virtuous public servants, have been dragged into the sunshine, we are finding that sunny ways are not all that pretty.

Chris MacLean (Feb 27, 2019)

After the House of Commons Justice Committee wrapped up its multi-party questioning of former Attorney General Wilson-Raybould, Conservative Leader, Andrew Scheer called for the PM to resign.

ANGUS REID (Feb 26, 2019)

The latest public opinion poll shows the SNC-Lavalin affair taking a toll on the Liberal government, with two-thirds of respondents agreeing it is a sign of ‘deeper scandal’ in the PMO.

Chris MacLean (Feb 19, 2019)

The Prime Minister's most trusted political advisor, a friend of many years, surprisingly resigned on Monday, setting off a maelstrom of speculation as to the depths of possible legal interference from high levels of the Trudeau government related to the SNC-Lavalin case.

Ken Pole (Feb 06, 2019)

Public Safety Minister Goodale says Canadians captured while fighting alongside terrorist groups in Syria will have to assume responsibility for their own decisions.

Ken Pole (Feb 05, 2019)

A new U.S. report indicates that the effects of climate change should be considered an issue of national security with potential impacts on DoD missions and military installations around the world over the next two decades.

Ken Pole (Feb 05, 2019)

An ambitious proposal to enhance the Canadian Armed Forces’ electronic warfare capabilities moved a step closer to fruition today with the publication of a Letter of Interest (LOI) to prospective suppliers, posted by Public Services and Procurement Canada ( The deadline for industry responses is 13 May 2019, and an industry day is proposed for sometime this summer.

Ken Pole (Feb 04, 2019)

4 Feb – Prime Minister Trudeau made it clear today that he is unwilling to be drawn into debate over foreign military intervention in Venezuela after President Donald Trump had indicated that “all options” were on the U.S. table. 

Ken Pole (Feb 02, 2019)

Announcement confirms that Romania will take over from Canada on the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in July 2019.

Ken Pole (Jan 20, 2019)

Despite the killing of at least 10 peacekeepers from Chad earlier in the day, Canadian personnel and helicopters will remain in Mali to continue their mission to provide secure medevac transport services.

Ken Pole (Dec 20, 2018)

With Government said to be reviewing the LAV contract, CADSI President says a cancellation “would represent a significant blow to our entire industry, with reverberations across the country.”

Louis Cuppens (Dec 11, 2018)

The need to procure a replacement for our aging fighter fleet is becoming more dire with each passing year.

Ken Pole (Dec 01, 2018)

Cybersecurity is expected to be featured prominently in the first annual report from the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians.

Ken Pole (Nov 22, 2018)

The RCAF fighter community is facing a personnel shortage and, although DND is aggressively moving to address the issue, Auditor General Michael Ferguson is not optimistic.

ANGUS REID (Nov 06, 2018)

Nine-in-ten Cdns say ‘no’ to future arms deals with Saudi Arabia but are divided over cancelling the current one.

Louis Cuppens (Nov 04, 2018)

At ceremonies across the country, we shall soon hear the words from John McCrea’s “In Flanders Fields”. One line has particular meaning for me, and I fear our politicians have broken faith with those who died for freedom.

Ottawa Citizen (Oct 21, 2018)

True story: it takes about 39 govt workers and 300 emails to buy a few TVs for ISED.

Louis Cuppens (Oct 19, 2018)

Our government has managed to avoid major issues of security. The duty to protect should be of paramount concern, but seems to be getting scant attention.

ANGUS REID (Aug 21, 2018)

Half of Canadians say the 2018 immigration target of 310,000 is too high. About 30% see that number as about right, while the rest say it is either too low (6%) or they are unsure (14%).

Chris MacLean (Aug 18, 2018)

It’s summer, and apparently time to make uniform changes, again.


CGAI (Jul 31, 2018)

Russia is busy showing off its increasingly powerful Navy but, according to David Bercuson, it is more to create a diversion and to gain diplomatic influence.

ANGUS REID (Jun 15, 2018)

A recent poll shows 70% of Canadians prefer taking a “hard” approach in trade negotiations with the Trump administration.

Louis Cuppens (Jun 11, 2018)

Canada's military volunteers deserve recognition for their selfless acts of sacrifice for the good of all Canadians. Nothing less is acceptable. Shame on us for not doing so in a timely manner.

Science (Jun 07, 2018)

Google’s decision to withdraw from a US military initiative called Project Maven (for classifying military drone images) came after some 4,000 employees petitioned to ban Google from building “warfare technology”.

Ken Pole (May 16, 2018)

While the Government Accountability Office notes that the DOD faces “new challenges as adversaries try to steal national security information and technology at unprecedented rate, ” the White House eliminated its Senior Cyber Policy Office.

CHRIS KILFORD (Apr 29, 2018)

Given the recent concern over Canada’s upcoming contribution to the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), one might easily assume that up until now few Canadians had ever set foot in Mali. However, this is far from the case. 


Check out our new ‘Up For Debate’ feature. This month's topic: “Given: It is Canada’s turn to be NATO Secretary-General”. Here, Brett Boudreau (’No!’) and Tim Dunne (‘Yes!’) square off. You be the judge.

BRETT BOUDREAU (Apr 24, 2018)

Based on the number of books, periodicals, theses, articles and movies that have seemingly dissected pretty much everything about the modern-day Afghanistan campaign, you might think you've heard it all. As it turns out, the unique perspective of the operational commander is compelling and adds much to our understanding.

CGAI (Apr 23, 2018)

As we all strive to put the Vietnam war behind us, American soaps have replaced American bombs, says David Bercuson. Vietnam now looks to a faltering American leadership to help it stand independently against a renascent and rearming China.

CGAI (Apr 06, 2018)

David Bercuson looks at how a dark episode of Canadian history led to substantial changes in military education and leadership throughout the Canadian Armed Forces.

Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (Mar 21, 2018)

Lockheed Martin Canada is working with industry to sponsor programs that help Canadian military veterans transition to civilian life. The company is heading into its second year sponsoring the Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE), started by the Prince of Wales, to offer veterans the education, tools and resources needed to succeed as an entrepreneur.

K. Joseph Spears (Mar 20, 2018)

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced Canada new peacekeeping mission in Ottawa on March 19th. It has taken 2 years and a Vancouver summit to get to this point of making a commitment to peace operations. It remains unclear when the Canadian Forces will actually deploy.

Ken Pole (Mar 05, 2018)

The recent decision by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to cancel a $234 million deal to buy 16 combat-configurable Bell helicopters because of potential restrictions on what they can and cannot be used for, has refocused attention on Canada’s arms export practices.

CGAI (Feb 22, 2018)

As Andrew Rasiulis notes, an opportunity for the G7 to develop an ambitious Marshall Plan for Ukraine reform may well be on the horizon.

Tim Dunne (Feb 21, 2018)

Colonel Mark Poland has been appointed as a Special Prosecutor to conduct a post-charge review of charges against Chief Military Judge Colonel Mario Dutil under the National Defence Act to determine if this matter will proceed to trial by court martial.

CGAI (Jan 25, 2018)

China and Russia spend less than the United States on a per capita basis, but they are getting better results at modernizing and strengthening their military power. What does this mean for Canada, asks David Bercuson.

CGAI (Jan 10, 2018)

Alan Stephenson takes a hard look at the pending Australian fighter purchase and the "fictitious" capability gap it intends to fill.

Louis Cuppens (Dec 18, 2017)

The social contract, which members of the Canadian Armed Forces hold as a sacred obligation, has been shot down by a BC Court of Appeals. The finding states: “the government has no obligation to care for its military and veterans”.

CGAI (Dec 11, 2017)

David Bercuson wonders how long the government will continue to use political games to avoid making a decision on the fighter jet replacements.

CGAI (Nov 24, 2017)

Let’s face it, there is a difference in the way women generally tackle social issues, says David Bercuson. Will an increased female presence on peace operations have the desired effect?

CGAI (Nov 19, 2017)

David Bercuson looks at the reasons why Canada appears no closer to a peacekeeping mission today than on the day the Liberals were elected.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH (Nov 18, 2017)

We now have, in America, a new standard, being driven by the media, that if you're not absolutely pure, you're not eligible to run for office in America, and that's wrong.

CGAI (Oct 31, 2017)

Although supported by a large number of Canadians, the Liberal government’s pursuit of a free trade agreement with China ignores real security and defence vulnerabilities posed by such a relationship.

Ken Pole (Oct 16, 2017)

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.

CGAI (Oct 14, 2017)

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

Danny Lam (Oct 06, 2017)

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.

CGAI (Oct 05, 2017)

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.

CGAI (Oct 02, 2017)

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.

Ken Pole (Sep 19, 2017)

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. 

CGAI (Sep 18, 2017)

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

CGAI (Sep 02, 2017)

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

CGAI (Aug 18, 2017)

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 (Aug 15, 2017)

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?  

PEARCE TEFFT (Aug 15, 2017)

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."

Blair Gilmore (Aug 14, 2017)

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.

Jim Parker (Aug 11, 2017)

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.

Chris (Aug 08, 2017)

North Korea’s recent ICBM launch is a stark reminder of the dangers posed by the rogue regime in Pyongyang. Instead of choosing between attacking North Korea or allowing it to have nuclear weapons, a clear and consistent approach to deter threats from Kim Jong-Un is needed.

Canadian Army (Aug 02, 2017)

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

Scott Newark (Aug 01, 2017)

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.

JAYA PRAKASH (Jul 25, 2017)

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

Danny Lam (Jul 24, 2017)

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 (Jul 24, 2017)

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 (Jul 14, 2017)

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.

Chris MacLean (Jul 11, 2017)

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?

Tim Dunne (Jul 10, 2017)

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

CGAI (Jul 07, 2017)

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.

CGAI (Jul 04, 2017)

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.

Blair Gilmore (Jun 22, 2017)

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 (Jun 20, 2017)

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.

K. Joseph Spears (Jun 20, 2017)

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.

BRETT BOUDREAU (Jun 16, 2017)

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?

Blair Gilmore (Jun 12, 2017)

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 (Jun 08, 2017)

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.

Ken Pole (Jun 07, 2017)

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.

CGAI (Jun 06, 2017)

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

Ken Pole (May 30, 2017)

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.

CGAI (May 29, 2017)

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.

K. Joseph Spears (May 27, 2017)

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.

JOE VARNER (May 26, 2017)

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.

CGAI (May 24, 2017)

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.

CGAI (May 16, 2017)

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.

Ken Pole (May 16, 2017)

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.

Ken Pole (May 08, 2017)

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.

Ken Pole (May 04, 2017)

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.

Chris MacLean (May 03, 2017)

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 ).

Ken Pole (Apr 25, 2017)

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.

Ken Pole (Apr 12, 2017)

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.

Ken Pole (Apr 07, 2017)

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.

GUY PARENT (Mar 29, 2017)

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.

CGAI (Mar 27, 2017)

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 (Mar 22, 2017)

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

Danny Lam (Mar 20, 2017)

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 (Feb 27, 2017)

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.

COMMENTARY (Feb 27, 2017)

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

COMMENTARY (Feb 23, 2017)

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 (Feb 15, 2017)

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 Hawn (Feb 14, 2017)

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.

CGAI (Dec 21, 2016)

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 (Dec 08, 2016)

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 (Nov 29, 2016)

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

Robbin Laird (Nov 29, 2016)

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 (Nov 28, 2016)

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 (Nov 17, 2016)

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

Ken Pole (Nov 04, 2016)

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 (Oct 27, 2016)

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. 

CGAI (Oct 17, 2016)

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 (Oct 17, 2016)

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

Canadian Army (Oct 14, 2016)

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

CGAI (Sep 30, 2016)

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?

Casey Brunelle (Sep 16, 2016)

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.

Canadian Army (Sep 14, 2016)

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

Ottawa Citizen (Sep 08, 2016)

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 (Sep 02, 2016)

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 (Jul 13, 2016)

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.

Chris MacLean (May 30, 2016)

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.

George Petrolekas (May 30, 2016)

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 (May 20, 2016)

The Navy has announced that its next-generation guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is scheduled to be homeported at Naval Base San Diego following its commissioning in fall 2016.

Casey Brunelle (May 16, 2016)

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.

Brian Berube (Apr 18, 2016)

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 (Apr 12, 2016)

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.

Ken Pole (Apr 05, 2016)

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 (Mar 22, 2016)

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 (Mar 17, 2016)

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 (Feb 26, 2016)

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 (Feb 22, 2016)

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 (Feb 22, 2016)

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.

Ken Pole (Feb 17, 2016)

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

Casey Brunelle (Feb 16, 2016)

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.”

Chris MacLean (Feb 04, 2016)

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

George Petrolekas (Jan 19, 2016)

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?

George Petrolekas (Dec 08, 2015)

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.

Ken Pole (Dec 04, 2015)

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

Robbin Laird (Dec 03, 2015)

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

Ken Pole (Dec 02, 2015)

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 (Nov 30, 2015)

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

George Petrolekas (Nov 28, 2015)

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...

Robbin Laird (Nov 27, 2015)

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

Robbin Laird (Nov 20, 2015)

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 (Nov 20, 2015)

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

Dr. Amatzia Baram (Nov 19, 2015)

“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.

George Petrolekas (Nov 16, 2015)

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."

Scott Newark (Nov 10, 2015)

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 (Nov 09, 2015)

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 (Nov 06, 2015)

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.

Chris MacLean (Nov 06, 2015)

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...

Ken Pole (Nov 04, 2015)

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.

Ken Pole (Oct 21, 2015)

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.

K. Joseph Spears (Oct 19, 2015)

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 (Sep 30, 2015)

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.  

FRONTLINE NEWS (Sep 21, 2015)

Save the date, you won't want to miss it. This free event is an opportunity for Canadian Armed Forces families to explore the services and activities your MFRC offers.

George Petrolekas (Sep 18, 2015)
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.
Ken Pole (Sep 18, 2015)

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 (Sep 18, 2015)

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.

Robbin Laird (Sep 07, 2015)

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.