writers

(2019,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

Seaspan has selected Lockheed Martin Canada’s modern Command Management System (CMS 330) for the future Protecteur-Class Joint Support Ships (JSS).

(2019,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

The Government of Canada is ramping up efforts to ensure that neither the coming election campaign, nor the vote itself, are influenced by malicious, net-based interference.

(2019,
KEN POLE

The Prime Minister is being pressed to release the results of a review of arms exports to Saudi Arabia, specifically Light Armoured Vehicles manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada in London, Ontario.

(2019,
KEN POLE

At 10:17 EST, under heavy fog cover, Canada’s newest satellite venture successfully launched all three satellites of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission into orbit from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California.

(2019,
KEN POLE

The defence portion of the 2019 federal Budget includes commitments to spend $1.39 billion (over the next two years) for renewing its Middle East Strategy, and up to $105.6 million (over three years) in continued support for Ukraine, while also stepping up Canada’s cyber security efforts.

(2018,
issue 6)
KEN POLE

The six RCAF pilots on this Op Reassurance deployment work with Romanian Air Force fighters for air policing and alert response.

(2018,
issue 6)
KEN POLE

NATO has established defensive battle groups in the three Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) to protect them from potential Russian advances. How is Canada helping this effort?

(2018,
issue 6)
KEN POLE

The Military Flying Training System (MFTS), a contract that facilitates the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in preparing aircrews for eventual assignment to frontline squadrons,  is operated by Lockheed Martin and Babcock International, using Airbus helicopters.

(2018,
issue 5)
KEN POLE

Fully operational by mid-August, the Canadian task force is fully involved in logistical support, ferrying UN soldiers around the country in Chinook and Griffon helicopters for “presence projection” missions.

(2018,
issue 4)
KEN POLE

The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security has been set up by the government as a single point of authority for combatting cyber crime.

(2018,
KEN POLE

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is optimistic that companies in the Canadian defence and aerospace sectors can do more business with India, which has one of the largest standing military forces in the world.

(2018,
KEN POLE

The Canadian government says it is planning a simpler approach to how it buys goods and services from small and medium-size enterprises in the defence and other sectors.

(2018,
KEN POLE

The federal government confirmed on Feb. 27 that it is planning to legislate a three-option “pension for life” program for ill or injured Canadian Armed Forces veterans.

(2017,
issue 5)
KEN POLE

The Procurement Ombudsman does not have the authority to stop a procurement, cancel a contract, or enforce its recommendations.

(2017,
issue 4)
KEN POLE

Given the public response each time the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) calls for astronaut applications, it is clear that thousands of us feel we possess the necessary qualifications to get into space, however, only a few make it through the selection process.

(2017,
issue 4)
KEN POLE

The space industry’s role in the Canadian economy is significant, including earth observation, communications, robotics, and pure and applied research. 

(2017,
issue 2)
KEN POLE (photos by Cpl Manuela Berger)

The “wow factor” generally associated with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s annual Demonstration Hornet has gone into afterburner mode in the 2017 iteration which commemorates the country’s sesquicentennial. 

(2017,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

The RCAF’s new Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue aircraft will be a “game-changer.” 

(2017,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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. 

(2017,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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.

(2017,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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.

(2017,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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.

(2017,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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.

(2017,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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.

(2017,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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.

(2017,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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.

(2017,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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.

(2017,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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

(2017,
KEN POLE

While no timelines have been set, Defence Minister Sajjan has advised journalists that modernization of satellites and other infrastructure for BMD is being costed for further consideration.

(2017,
KEN POLE

The PM has reaffirmed that Canada will continue to push for one of the temporary seats on the United Nations Security Council when it becomes open in four years.

(2017,
KEN POLE

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

(2017,
KEN POLE

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s March 22 budget speech made only passing reference to veterans but devoted an entire section of the document to how former members of the Canadian Armed Forces are treated by their country.

(2017,
KEN POLE

Defence Minister Sajjan responded to questions arising from U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis’ warning that Washington is prepared to reduce its NATO commitments unless other countries increase theirs.

(2017,
KEN POLE

General Vance has been asked by the Defence Minister to review an interdepartmental committee’s decision to eliminate a risk-based income tax exemption for Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed to Kuwait in support of Joint Task Force-Iraq.

(2017,
KEN POLE

Following discussions on this topic at NATO meetings today, Defence Critic James Bezan calls on the Liberal government to budget more funds and finally fulfill the spending target agreed to 10 years ago.

(2016,
issue 6)
KEN POLE

Peacekeeping is one of the most visible and ostensibly celebrated United Nations activities, but the nature and scope has evolved significantly since 1948.

(2016,
issue 5)
KEN POLE

A five-nation review by SIPRI looks at the prospects of increased tensions and notes that only Russia has "significantly" increased its Arctic capabilities.

(2016,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

These last few years have seen a flurry of activity. The bids have now been submitted – finally setting the stage for first delivery of new aircraft. FrontLine looks at the process and the contenders.

(2016,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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

(2016,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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.

(2016,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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.

(2016,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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. 

(2016,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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

(2016,
KEN POLE

This 51-year-old RCAF Hercules landed at it's new home, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, yesterday. Its new mission: to help educate visitors about its long history of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Photo: DND has donated its last C-130E to the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum smokes minimal rubber on touchdown just outside the museum on a 3,300-foot runway managed by the Rockcliffe Flying Club. (photo by Ken Pole)

(2016,
KEN POLE

Some observers of the contract to provide Fixed-wing Search and Rescue planes were surprised to learn that Lockheed Martin has bowed out of the competition.

(2015,
issue 6)
KEN POLE

Is propping up old platforms for a two-year gap, rather than speeding up procurement of newer alternatives, the best use of scarce resources?

(2015,
issue 4)
KEN POLE

The Perley and Rideau Veteran's Health Care Centre is examining its funding options.

(2015,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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

(2015,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

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

(2015,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

04 Nov 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.

(2015,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

21 Oct 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.

(2015,
issue 00)
KEN POLE

18 Sep 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". 

(2014,
issue 6)
KEN POLE

The U.S. is simplifying how Canadian companies can export and re-export a broad range of aerospace- and defence-related hardware.

(2014,
issue 6)
KEN POLE

The RCAF is working diligently to ensure the air strikes are very tightly targeted and incur no collateral.

(2014,
issue 5)
KEN POLE

VAdm Mark Norman discusses the state of the Naval fleets.

(2014,
issue 4)
KEN POLE

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.

(2014,
issue 4)
KEN POLE

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.

(2014,
issue 3)
KEN POLE

Gyroscopically-stabilized equipment produces surveillance imagery for diverse requirements – from environmental to military surveillance.

(2014,
issue 3)
KEN POLE

Modern technologies enable ground forces to not only secure that information but also integrate it into useful intelligence for timely response.

(2014,
issue 2)
KEN POLE

FrontLine Staff Writer Ken Pole looks at the latest in simulators and their role in training our officers in situations that they may not otherwise experience and examine how they react.

(2014,
issue 2)
KEN POLE

Four teams have each submitted a demo system to GDLS for evaluation, and are now being evaluated on technical merit and cost. The winner will supply the new LAV Reconnaissance: Surveillance System Upgrade to complement the overall LAV upgrade.

(2014,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

A new Defence Procurement Strategy and an independent Defence Analytics Institute have been announced. Will they have a key role to play in fixing defence procurement?

(2014,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

The scope of products and technology subject to the CGRs would be significantly changed through proposed changes.

(2013,
issue 5)
KEN POLE

Troubling questions remain about quality control in the F-35 supply chain.

(2013,
issue 2)
KEN POLE

An opportunity to “KIC-start” a long-overdue overhaul of problem-plagued defence ­procurement process.

(2013,
issue 2)
KEN POLE

The program is steadily progressing. A look at the latest numbers. Are Canadian ­companies benefitting?

(2012,
issue 4)
KEN POLE, RICHARD BRAY

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s hopes of having new FWSAR aircraft in service by 2015 received a boost, of sorts when PWGSC released an LOI to potential suppliers. But new options are appearing on the horizon.

(2012,
issue 4)
KEN POLE

Is Canada's sovereignty vulnerable? The answer obviously depends on our level of political and financial commitment. How does the NSPS fit into this equation?

(2012,
issue 3)
KEN POLE

List of CF Vehicles

(2012,
issue 2)
KEN POLE

STRETCHED... BUT NOT BROKEN

(2012,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

DND's inability to spend it's budget in any given fiscal year is irresponsible.

(2012,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

A common knock on the F-35 is that it only has one engine. Is this a problem?

(2012,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

Imminent announcement on FWSAR? Or just more delays?

(2011,
issue 6)
KEN POLE

A look at Canada's myriad vehicle programs still not awarded. Will they ever be awarded?

(2011,
issue 5)
KEN POLE

More than 16,800 participants from all over pledged donations over $100,000.

(2011,
issue 4)
KEN POLE

Numerous entities provide input to Defence Procurement, why? And do their roles really need to be a whole of government effort?

(2011,
issue 3)
KEN POLE

The F-35 would be only the third Canadian frontline fighter to have a single engine. What happens if power is lost?

(2011,
issue 3)
KEN POLE

Each, to varying degrees, would be expected to address deficiencies in the current fleets of relatively “soft-skinned” vehicles which are deemed no longer capable of meeting current and future requirements for protection, mobility, ergonomics, information and intelligence sharing.

(2011,
issue 3)
KEN POLE

With a focus on core technologies, CMC Electronics quietly takes on the global avionics market, and wins.

(2011,
issue 3)
KEN POLE

A quick update on the recent U.S. announcement of changes.

(2011,
issue 2)
KEN POLE

Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft division optimize aircraft to meet a broad range of customer priorities.

(2011,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

The Buffalos, which should have been retired 19 years ago, now cost an estimated $20 million a year to maintain operationally.

(2011,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

A war of words continues to surround what would be Canada’s most expensive war-fighting machine: the F-35 Lightning II.

(2010,
issue 6)
KEN POLE

Controversy over Canada’s next-­generation fighter aircraft, is it valid?

(2010,
issue 3)
KEN POLE

The challenge for the federal government is balancing the need for security against industry’s need to do business.

(2010,
issue 3)
KEN POLE

Canadian defence and security companies are waiting to see how U.S. President Obama’s proposed overhaul of export controls will affect them.

(2010,
issue 2)
KEN POLE

In many ways, ITARs backfired on U.S. companies. A review by the Obama administration is set to eliminate ­unnecessary obstacles on both ends of the ITAR supply chain.

(2010,
issue 1)
KEN POLE

In our ongoing look at the challenges of IRBs, Ken Pole reports on the key changes being considered for an IRB policy update.

(2009,
issue 6)
KEN POLE

The Industrial Regional Benefits program, the cornerstone of Canadian military and security procurement, has been undergoing detailed scrutiny with a view to increasing transparency, fairness and efficiency.

(2006,
issue 5)
KEN POLE

''Save Shearwater'' has become the rallying cry of a determined rearguard campaign to roll back the clock on the sale of nearly half of 12 Wing’s base in Shearwater, Nova Scotia. Cogent arguments for its preservation as a key element of Canada’s strategic capability may be for naught. Critics of the divestment argue that reinstating Canada's strategic airlift capability underscores the need to preserve the base in its entirety.

(2005,
issue 6)
KEN POLE

Imagine more than 700 aircraft in a country’s airspace in one day. Not generally a big deal. Then imagine them without a single pilot aboard.

(2005,
issue 5)
KEN POLE

Its unique flying characteristics make the helicopter ideally suited to search and rescue missions worldwide.