A credible voice for veteransCredibility. In a word, it is a defining characteristic all ombudsmen seek. For Guy Parent, it is the vital peg on which all of his efforts hang. The Veterans Ombudsman holds a somewhat unique role among...
The S&T informing the navy’s current and future fleetCanada is in the process of undertaking the largest acquisition of complex naval technology in the country’s history through the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). This, as well as maintaining...
Interoperability at sea: A tradition of excellenceInteroperability is a key concept in the modern western defence literature, whether it relates to global strategy or operational capabilities. This often misused notion can lead to confusion and approximations...
A king for Special Forces ISR?Since the early days of the Iraq war, turbo prop aircraft have become a staple of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, carrying an array of sensors to feed an ever growing demand...
Evolving our new normalThe Defence Procurement Strategy has changed the landscape, though to what extent remains unclear. But declining defence budgets throughout much of the western world have challenged government and industry...
In The News
For the second year in a row, Kitchener-based Clearpath Robotics has received a Robotics Business Review Game Changer Award, this year for its Kingfisher unmanned surface vessel. In 2013, the company was recognized for technological innovation for its Grizzly robotic utility vehicle. The annual awards, presented at RoboBusiness last week, recognize technical accomplishments and robotics [...]
Reuters is reporting that the Pentagon on Tuesday finalized a contract with Pratt & Whitney for the seventh batch of F135 engines for the F-35 fighter jet. The new $592 million contract with Pratt covers 36 engines and requires the company to pay to fix an engine issue that grounded the F-35 fleet this summer. [...]
Burlington-based L-3 WESCAM has received an order from Bond Helicopters Europe for seven of its MX-10 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems. The order, announced on Tuesday, will support the U.K. National Police Air Service EC135T2 helicopter upgrade program. Deliveries to the U.K. will be phased over two years, beginning with the first unit in [...]
As the federal government moves forward with the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, there is still considerable confusion in government circles about the distinction between Invitation To Tender and Request for Proposal. In Canada, Invitation To Tender (ITT) and Request for Proposal (RFP) are regularly used synonymously or have been redefined to mean a combination of [...]
Earlier this year, David Auerswald and Stephen Saideman published NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone, an exploration of how government structures and party politics in NATO countries shape how battles are waged in the field. Auerswald is a professor of security studies at the National War College and the author of several books, including [...]
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 [...]