The opportunity for air power in peace operationsIn his foreword to Air Power in UN Operations: Wings for Peace, LGen (Ret’d) Roméo Dallaire notes that air capability “remains an under-used and under-studied tool for peace operations.” There...
Validating the Internet of ThingsAs we move closer toward the “internet of things,” where our technology, transportation systems and even appliances start making decisions automatically and without our input, we’ll need to develop...
Counter-IED: A pervasive, global threat still remains“Today we are in an era of persistent conflict where IEDs will be a condition of future battlefields; therefore, Counter-IED is not and cannot be the business solely of C-IED specialists. Counter-IED...
The necessity of a navyOn 25 November, Parliament Hill will host Navy Appreciation Day 2014, bringing together Parliamentarians, the Royal Canadian Navy, the maritime education sector and the maritime defence industry in an...
A new era for Arctic operationsThe discovery in September of HMS Erebus in the frigid waters of the Queen Maud Gulf was a public relations bonanza for the government of Canada. But it was also a small triumph for the Royal Canadian...
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Building on the weapon-effects simulation (WES) system it currently provides the Canadian Army for training facilities like the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, Cubic Defense Application (CDA) will now deliver an urban operations training system (UOTS) capability. Under a $12 million contract amendment, Cubic will work on the initial phase of a project that [...]
IMP Aerospace has delivered the first of three CP-140M Aurora fitted with an advanced Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) satellite communications system. Approximately a month after removing it from service, IMP delivered the prototype CP-140M aircraft during a ceremony in Halifax that was attended by Lieutenant General Yvan Blondin, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air [...]
The National Research Council is looking for a few good companies – or their leaders, anyway. Together with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), the NRC is working to advance state-of-the-art armour technology solutions for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and other user communities. So it is planning to develop and implement a Canadian Security [...]
Third-party reviews are about to become standard practice in Canadian defence procurement. As part of the government’s Defence Procurement Strategy, third-party reviewers will perform a challenge function over the high level mandatory requirements for projects that exceed $100 million. The third-party reviewers will report to the Deputy Minister of National Defence and will be drawn [...]
On 24 August 2014, troops of the rebel Donetsk People’s Republic launched an offensive south of the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine. They rapidly tore a huge hole in the defences of the Ukranian Army, surrounded some 4,000-5,000 Ukrainian troops, and advanced southwards towards the city of Mariupol. Facing catastrophe, the Ukrainian government sued [...]
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 [...]