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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Successfully generating defence and security ideas from coast to coast
May10

Successfully generating defence and security ideas from coast to coast

One of the most significant challenges the Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) face is the rapid increase in complex innovations that are changing the global security environment. DND/CAF must remain ready to effectively adapt to any environment, whether responding to natural disasters, providing expert search and rescue, defending Canadian sovereignty, or contributing to greater peace and security...

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Dashboard: Shipbuilding on Canada’s West Coast
Mar25

Dashboard: Shipbuilding on Canada’s West Coast

Thanks to the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), Seaspan Shipyards is leading the redevelopment of Canada’s shipbuilding industry from the West Coast. The NSS is a long-term program that was launched by the Government of Canada to renew the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), support job creation and revitalize the shipbuilding industry. Divided...

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