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Cianfarani named CADSI president

Christyn Cianfarani has been appointed president of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, replacing Tim Page, who departed this summer to become vice president of government relations for Seaspan Shipyards. Cianfarani, until recently the director of advanced training solutions and government relations at CAE, steps in at a time when the Canadian defence [...]

OSI Maritime Systems completes bridge system upgrade for RNZN

Vancouver-based OSI Maritime Systems has completed sea acceptance trials of its Integrated Bridge System for the Royal New Zealand Navy ANZAC frigate program. The accomplishment is a rare feat. Usually, integrated bridge systems of this magnitude are installed during the build of a new vessels and not during a the mid-life upgrade of a warship. [...]

Blake Goldring named Vimy award winner

The Conference of Defence Associations CDA Institute announce last week that Honorary Colonel Blake Goldring has been unanimously selected as the recipient of the Vimy Award for 2014. The award will be presented on Friday, 7 November 2014 at the Vimy Award Gala Reception and Dinner in the Canadian War Museum. Goldring was recognized for [...]



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If you build them, will they come (man them)?

Defense News reported in August that New Zealand is considering cutting its inshore patrol vessel (IPV) fleet by half, to two ships, despite the vessels having been commissioned in 2009 and still having that new-ship smell. Wellington is exploring the possibility of selling two of the IPVs and replacing them with a single longer range [...]

Greg Fyffe
Vladimir Putin, Russia and the Ukraine: The analyst’s dilemma

Intelligence analysts are aware of many barriers to accurate analysis. Capability is not intent. Attempts to logically examine the motives and actions of an actor are distorted by cultural differences. The danger of mirror imaging frustrates rational analysis. Forecasting a target’s likely next step is a casino game if his or her assumptions are inaccessible, [...]


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 [...]