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...
Fatherly advice: Finding solutions for flying Information“Every platform is a sensor and every sensor is a node on a network.” It’s a refrain the Royal Canadian Air Force has been repeating over the past several years in briefings to industry...
Building long-term strategic partnershipsIn an effort to improve in-service support for Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships, submarines and equipment, the Department of National Defence (DND) is moving toward more strategic partnerships with industry...
Value proposition: From check box to unique partnershipsThe government’s Defence Procurement Strategy may be six months old, but there is still considerable speculation about what value propositions, technological benefits, assistance with export strategies...
Allies turn their guns on RCN’s HammerheadsAs objects of envy go, Hammerhead might seem an odd choice. To the uninitiated (that is, civilian) eye, the five-metre long craft appears at first to be a speedboat, albeit a particularly sinister-looking...
In The News
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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
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 [...]