Digitizing the call: The interim steps to more accurate air and artillery strikesCalling in fire support has always been subject to the frailties of human error. The deaths of five U.S. special operations forces members engaged in a fire fight in the Arghandab district of southern...
Where’s Waldo? Check your phoneOver the years at various defence fora, Major Bruce Gilchrist has challenged defence industry with “finding Waldo” – developing a small arms-based technology to identify, target and share...
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...
In The News
General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada has secured another international contract for a variant of its Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV). Following deals in the last 18 months with Colombia and Saudi Arabia, the London, Ontario-based firm was awarded a US$67 million contract by the Peruvian Ministry of Defence for 32 personnel carrier variants based on the LAV [...]
ING Robotic Aviation, formerly ING Engineering, has partnered with ASG Mapping to assess and develop the small robotic aircraft for the commercial sector. The new project – the two companies have worked together in the past – is aimed at gathering high quality, positionally accurate, and interoperable geospatial data with advanced sensors for such sectors [...]
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 [...]
There is a lot of speculative talk going on about what the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy will produce, when the ships will arrive and what capabilities they will embody. Rather than rely on second-hand information, the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies invited representatives from industry, government and academia to Dalhousie University in June for a [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]