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...
Wings over Romania: NATO operation bolsters expeditionary conceptIt’s a rare quiet moment in a day that begins at 6 AM with a wakeup call from local dogs, doves, cows or roosters – no need for an alarm clock – and often extends 14 to 16 hours into the late...
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...
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Much as the Canadian Army runs on its Light Armoured Vehicles, it shoots with its Colt C7 rifle. So if you want to get noticed in such a well-established marketplace, you need a niche. North Eastern Arms of Orillia, Ontario, has carved out a space with its twist on gun barrel and bolt carrier treatments [...]
Remember the old BASF commercials? “We don’t make a lot of the products you buy. We make a lot of the products you buy better.” It’s a trademarked phrase, of course, but it captures the way Craig Powell sees Haivision. “You don’t know us but we are in everything you do,” he says. Powell is [...]
Lamperd Less Lethal expects a major bump in business in the next several months. In a release last week, the Sarnia-based company said the federal government had given approval to various departments to purchase its products (the deal is not mention yet in the government’s updates on standing offers and supply arrangements). Lamperd completed the [...]
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, [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]