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DEFSEC 2015 gets underway, and New Brunswick is hungry for business.

The Cunard Centre in Halifax welcomed a few hundred defence industry delegates last night to kick off the 2015 edition of DEFSEC, Atlantic Canada’s largest defence and security show.

It was obvious that many were happy to see each other, as they kept talking right through the opening remarks, pausing for only a minute or two to welcome the Premier of New Brunswick, Brian Gallant.

New Brunswick is taking opportunities in the defence and security sector seriously, with a strong presence at DEFSEC designed to attract business to their region. In that vein, they have already seen success, wooing big name defence companies to set-up Cyber Security operations in Fredericton.

The show has worked hard to tailor its event to the needs of industry, and this year the organization will host a number of relevant presentations on everything from “Delivering Canada’s Arctic Destiny” to “Defence Procurement: Current Perspectives and Future Prospects.”

DEFSEC has traditionally not had much of a problem filling up booths in the trade show area. While walking through the hall towards last evening’s cocktail reception, companies such as L-3, Lockheed, Irving, Navantia, BAE Systems and DCNS have all returned.

The above-mentioned companies are all in the running for the upcoming Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program, either targeting the Warship Design (WD) or Combat Systems Integration (CSI) portions of the contract.

With Irving Shipbuilding announcing that the construction of Canada’s Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) is now underway, the National Ship Procurement Strategy (NSPS) is off and running. DEFSEC will undoubtedly benefit from the momentum, but growth for the show will be difficult due to the availability of larger venues.

For now, however, the show will remain its current size, capitalizing on its best features: Lots of time to network, a relaxed East Coast atmosphere, and plenty of B2B meeting facilities.

Author: Jason McNaught

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  1. Canada’s rejection of decrit involvement in the missile shield highlights the deep division in NATO ranks over missile defense and the weaponization of space. The Canadian decision was taken following a vigorous and far-reaching debate, Davis notes, while in Europe, despite U.S. plans to base at least 10 interceptor missiles there within the next five years, there has been relative silence on the issue. “European debate is almost entirely mute,” Davis says. “European proponents and opponents of missile defense need to take a cue from their Canadian counterparts and start a ‘big conversation’ on this important strategic issue without delay.”Finally, I don’t believe you can put whole countries on the psychiatrist’s couch, so I can’t comment decritly on whether all 31 million of us suffer from an ‘inferiority complex’ or not. What I do notice is that those of my fellow citizens who most often publicly stress Canadian shortcomings vis a vis the US are the right-wingers who wish we’d officially endorsed the Iraq war, signed on to missile defence, weakened our health care system and labour laws, adopted an even more militarist foreign policy, etc.Needless to say, I don’t agree with the decrition their sense of inferiority would take the country. Not that we ought to wallow in a smug sense of moral superiority either: Canada is guilty of plenty, though we often don’t pay attention to that fact because it’s so much easier to point the finger at the USA and its crimes while ignoring our own wrongdoing.Not sure what national neurosis this post reveals, so I look forward to your diagnosis, doctor.Cheers, eh?

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