Rise of the battalion: Chinook helps transform tactical aviationIn late June, 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (THS) took possession of its final CH-147F Chinook, completing delivery of a new fleet of one of the most technologically advanced medium-to-heavy lift rotocraft...
The promises and pitfalls of counterterrorismThis year Canadians will mark a solemn anniversary: the centennial of World War One. The prelude to the world’s most brutal war began on June 28, 1914 with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz...
Armour revolution: More effective, mobile and lighterWhen it comes to protecting Canada’s military personnel and first responders, only the best in equipment and armour will pass the stringent standards requirements of the Canadian Armed Forces and Canada’s...
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...
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CAE has been awarded a contract to provide the United States Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) with a comprehensive Aeromedical Evacuation Training System. The training system, delivered to the command at Dobbins Air Force Base, can be developed for a range of air mobility platforms and provides a realistic training environment to prepare aeromedical evacuation [...]
On a morning last week when North American’s were talking about mental health disorders, especially depression, following the death by suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams, Statistics Canada released survey results that show about one in six full-time regular members of the Canadian Armed Forces reported experiencing mental health or alcohol-related disorders in the [...]
Vancouver-based OSI Maritime Systems has signed contracts with the Turkish Navy to provide its Warship Navigation System, which includes ECPINS-W software. OSI, which has previously delivered systems to the Turkish Navy’s MILGEM Corvette program, will install the systems on two Landing Ship Tanks and two Rescue and Towing Ships for submarines.
One of the most frustrating aspects of any attempt to negotiate with Iran, be it on the nuclear issue or anything else, is trying to determine who actually holds the power to make and enforce decisions. While the country has a written constitution, its real power structure is maddeningly opaque. On paper, Iran has two, [...]
Reprinted from our sister magazine, Canadian Government Executive. From time to time, the popular media jump on examples of contracts awarded without competitive bids as examples of everything that is wrong in government. Perhaps, it is time to make the opposite case that open competition also has some problems and there are times when [...]
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 [...]