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CAE to provide USAF with aeromedical evacuation training system

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 [...]

Survey reveals preliminary statistics on Forces’ mental health

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 [...]

Turkish Navy selects OSI navigation systems

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.


Peter Jones
Who holds power in Iran?

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, [...]

Roy Wiseman
In defence of direct negotiation

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


Super Hornet: A better fit for Canada’s operating environment?

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 [...]

Typhoon pitches proven capability and cost

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 [...]

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The Joint Strike Fighter: Driven by data

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 [...]