The coming conflict: Has Canada invested enough to protect our security and resource interests?In recent months, we have seen hunts for suspected Russian submarines off the coasts of Sweden and Scotland and NATO allies report more frequent intercepts of Russian aircraft in the Baltic and North Seas,...
Reclaiming Canada’s reputation in anti-submarine warfareThere has been a distinct shift in the way the world thinks about maritime security and defence. As the world’s political and economic center of gravity has migrated from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific,...
Information by the barrel: Remote weapon station data in demandThe remote weapon station (RWS) was introduced on vehicles to enhance situational awareness and defend property and personnel in high-risk areas. Sheltered inside a wall of protective armour, a gunner...
Exercising a greater land-sea effectThrough almost a century of maritime aviation, there is a well understood relationship between the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). From long-range patrol to coastal surveillance...
The Great Game: “Coopetition” in the High NorthAs a consultant specializing in the infrastructure needs of Canada’s Northern Strategy, one of the first questions I am frequently asked by prospective and current clients is about commitment and timing....
In The News
CAE has acquired Bombardier’s Military Aviation Training division. The two Montreal-based companies announced the $19.8 million deal on Monday. As part of the transaction, CAE now becomes the prime contractor for the NATO Flying Training in Canada program operating out of Canadian Forces Base Moose Jaw and CFB Cold Lake. The NFTC program combines basic, [...]
The federal government has reached an agreement with Irving Shipbuilding to build six Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), otherwise known as the Harry DeWolf class. The $2.3 billion contract was announced in Ottawa by senior officials and Kevin McCoy, president of the Halifax shipyard. Under a design-then-build approach, Irving will begin initial test modules in [...]
450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron recently took delivery of new maintenance training devices. In a press release this week, Boeing said it had provided the Chinook Maintenance Trainer to the medium-to-heavy lift training center currently under construction at Garrison Petawawa. The system includes a complete airframe and an interactive display that will help technicians build experience [...]
2015 promises to be an interesting year in cyber security. I’d like to offer some predictions. Global Surveillance and Privacy New revelations about global surveillance will continue to generate debate in 2015. The vast number of documents provided by Snowden will keep journalists busy for some time to come. So far the material has focused [...]
Water purification and treatment technology developed specifically for power plants, commercial buildings, hospitals and other sensitive military and civilian installations may be finding a new set of military and shipbuilding applications. Silver Bullet Water Treatment Company, a mostly Canadian owned tech SME, with offices in Charlottetown, Ottawa, Toronto, and Denver, originally developed its innovative technology [...]
Focus On: Next-Gen Fighter
Ottawa appears committed to purchasing (medium range) fifth generation fighter aircraft to defend Canadian sovereignty and to contribute to overseas operations in a support capacity. However, in the absence of a genuine defence review – and one that explicitly identifies conventional and non-conventional threats to Canada’s national security – it is difficult to comprehend what [...]
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 [...]