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The Royal Canadian Navy’s Canadian Leaders at Sea (CLaS) program
Sep17

The Royal Canadian Navy’s Canadian Leaders at Sea (CLaS) program

Only a few Canadians understand that Canada is a maritime nation and that the world’s maritime commons are as critical to today’s Canada as the supply convoys were to Second World War Britain. The world’s oceans cover 70 per cent of the earth’s surface and are our oldest, most economical and most utilized avenue of transportation of food, goods...

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Enabling Cyber: Where to invest to find added value
Jul17

Enabling Cyber: Where to invest to find added value

Defence of domestic or deployed military missions from cyber threats will require a significant investment to overcome challenges in terms of tools, personnel, time, and cultural change. This truth is largely understood across the defence community, prompting investment into military cyber capabilities as senior leadership across the 5 Eyes countries comes to realise the potential impacts and general challenges...

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Mahan, Integration/Unification and Naval Procurement
Jul11

Mahan, Integration/Unification and Naval Procurement

On 3 May 2012, Prime Minister Harper stated at the dedication of the Royal Canadian Navy Monument: “Canada is a maritime nation, a maritime nation with trade, commerce and interests around the world.” Mahan, a noted naval strategist and historian, in his Principles of Seapower outlined six major principles that determine whether or not a nation is a maritime...

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Strong, Secure, Engaged: A Two-Year Review
May22

Strong, Secure, Engaged: A Two-Year Review

As Strong, Secure, Engaged approaches its second anniversary, the Trudeau government’s record of delivering on its defence policy is a largely positive one. While it isn’t spending as much as anticipated on capital (equipment and infrastructure), that expenditure line is increasing in inflation adjusted dollars, and total defence spending is meeting the policy’s expectations. In Strong, Secure, Engaged’s first...

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Is the Canadian Coast Guard underfunded?
May16

Is the Canadian Coast Guard underfunded?

“When there is more ice, you need more icebreakers. When there is less ice, you need more icebreakers!” At first I was puzzled by this statement from a Canadian Coast Guard officer. The first part is obvious enough; the second part was less so. The reason for the second part is that when the ice starts to disappear, as...

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