Submarines chart a new course for in-service supportIn-service support: It wasn’t the most eye-catching of the breakout sessions at Navy Outlook in April, but the topic drew a full room nonetheless – twice. As part of a new sustainment initiative,...
Complex project management a strategic imperativeOn May 6, 2014, the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa announced the launch for the first time in Canada of two Executive Master of Business degrees, one in Complex Program Leadership...
One Navy: Writing a new narrative that resonatesIn December 2013, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman released the Executive Plan, his guidance and direction to the Royal Canadian Navy for the next several years. Like most plans, it’s a temporary marker...
Perchance to dream: RCAF seeks engagement on emerging conceptsThey might seem like strange marching orders, but last fall Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), tasked the Canadian Forces Air Warfare Centre with developing...
FWSAR: Narrowing the searchWhen the Conservative government released the Canada First Defence Strategy in 2008, it include a commitment to deliver a new fleet of fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft to the Royal Canadian Air Force...
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The federal government has amended a 2009 contract with Montreal-based CAE to align training with upgrades to the CC-130J aircraft. Although the RCAF just accepted the final of 17 J-model Hercules from Lockheed Martin in May 2012, the air force is improving navigation, communication, and maintenance capabilities for the fleet. As a result, the original [...]
Calian Technologies renewed a $17.6 million contract with National Defence to provide professional services for course design, course management, and course delivery of training to military personnel as well as administrative support to the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (CFSATE) in Borden. Calian has been providing the school with instructional services for [...]
L-3 MAS has completed the installation and certification of a Wi-Fi telecommunications system and the delivery of patient transfer units (PTUs) on the CC-150 Polaris aircraft. The Wi-Fi system is similar to systems on other RCAF fleets and provides the crew and passengers with an Internet connection to access business networks from laptops, tablets or [...]
Over the course of 2013 the problem of foreign fighters emerged as one of the primary national security concerns among Western democracies. The first half of 2014 has provided evidence of some of these travellers, as Canadian authorities refer to them, returning to their homes and planning or conducting attacks. In the United Kingdom, media [...]
In the wake of the annexation of Crimea by Russia in March and continued destabilizing actions along the Ukrainian border, General Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) and Commander of U.S. European Command, addressed the Conference of Defence Associations Institute at the Canadian War Museum in early May. Below are his prepared remarks and [...]
Focus On: Next-Gen Fighter
A report released earlier this week by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives once again raises concerns about the reliability of a single engine in Canada’s replacement for the CF-18 fighter aircraft. In “One Dead Pilot: Single-Engine F-35 a Bad Choice for Canada’s Arctic,” Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law [...]
In mid-March, as the Eurofighter Typhoon prepared to mark the 20th anniversary of its maiden flight, executives from the European consortium were in Ottawa to remind the government that although the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might look good on paper and in testing, they have an operations-proven option that can meet Canada’s varied needs. The [...]
Talking in detail about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter requires verbal dexterity. Many of the aircraft’s features are classified, so inadvertently revealing a number or the full capabilities of a sensor carry a heavy price. “Leavenworth [prison] is such a terrible place to be,” Stephen O’Bryan says with a rueful smile as he pauses yet [...]