writers

(2018,
issue 3)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

The global threat environment has become more complex because of lawfare and hybrid warfare. Canada must respond with interlinked policies of defence and security; foreign affairs; economic and international trade; and environment. These issues cannot be viewed in isolation.

(2017,
issue 4)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

The history of marine safety legislation and standards are built on a solid foundation past incidents. Learning from them is an important element of risk management.

(2017,
issue 3)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

The political and military alliance of NATO has stood the test of time for the past 69 years and has expanded into the global commons of cyber, space, the oceans and airspace.

(2017,
issue 2)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

Asymmetrical warfare presents a need for Canada to develop its R&D expertise.

(2017,
issue 00)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

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.

(2017,
issue 00)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

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.

(2016,
issue 1)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

Do Canadians know how vulnerable the submarine fiber-optic cables are, and should we protect this critical infrastructure?

(2015,
issue 5)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

The 21st century has been called a maritime century, but Canadians don’t see themselves as a maritime nation. Many factors impact the existing and future maritime capability, and can often have unforeseen consequences.

(2015,
issue 00)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

09 Nov 2015

(2015,
issue 00)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

19 Oct 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”.

(2014,
issue 5)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

International shipping issues will become more central to Canada’s economic decisions and future trade policy, and the RCN plays a big part in Maritime security.

(2013,
issue 6)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

A robust Marine Domain Awareness (MDA) capability must be developed as an element of Canada’s northern strategy.

(2013,
issue 6)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

Robotic vehicles can be a critically important tool for protection of sovereignty infrastructure in Canada’s Arctic and ocean spaces.

(2013,
issue 1)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

While the planet heats up, defence budgets are melting down. Canadian defence planners need a sharper focus on a hotter Arctic.

(2012,
issue 5)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

Can unmanned systems help Canada exercise sovereignty effectively and cost-efficiently?

(2012,
issue 2)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

The important role that the Canadian Rangers can play along with the private sector and volunteer groups such as the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and CASARA (the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association).

(2011,
issue 5)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

A 737 jet aircraft owned by First Air crashed in heavy fog at Resolute Bay. Luckily it was during Operation Nanook.

(2011,
issue 4)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

The Arctic Council recently signed an international treaty on Cooperation on Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) in the Arctic.

(2011,
issue 3)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

Most analysts would agree that the Atlantic has been the primary focus of Canada’s Navy – but that is changing.

(2010,
issue 5)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

The Arctic presents a real opportunity for Canada to be a leader on the subject of Domain Awareness, using this to showcase Canadian thinking and technological expertise.

(2010,
issue 4)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

A wildcard, both domestically and internationally, Canada grapples with challenges impacting its sovereignty. These changes include direct environmental impacts and indirect geopolitical aspects which are exceeding difficult to plan for and respond to.

(2010,
issue 3)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

There been little input from Arctic communities on how SAR service delivery is provided. This needs to change.

(2009,
issue 2)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

The subject of SAR in the north is a very real and pressing issue. Canada must be prepared for any major incident – with resident resources at the ready.

(2008,
issue 6)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

An important role for First Canadians.

(2008,
issue 5)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

Melting sea-ice, increased resource development and transpolar air flights, plus renewed interest in the Arctic Basin by our neighbours combine to require a robust air presence to exert Canadian Sovereign rights.

(2008,
issue 4)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

Leadership needed for marine security.

(2008,
issue 4)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

Will Canada Command play a key role?

(2008,
issue 2)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

An increasing need for long range, maritime patrol aircraft capability – CP140 Aurora.

(2008,
issue 2)
K. JOSEPH SPEARS

Is this the Avro Arrow spelled backward? What does the sale of national security assets mean for Canada’s Foreign Policy?