Is the Canadian Arctic more secure now?
Oct24

Is the Canadian Arctic more secure now?

Although there is no perceived military threat to the Canadian Arctic at the moment, a number of sovereignty issues have yet to be resolved: the maritime boundary in the Lincoln Sea between Denmark and Canada, Hans Island, the Alaska-Yukon border extension into the ocean, the extension of continental shelves, and more importantly, the recognition of the strait baseline method...

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Leveraging Technology Trends for Maritime Domain Awareness
Mar12

Leveraging Technology Trends for Maritime Domain Awareness

Understanding what is occurring on our oceans is of critical importance globally. Whether it be monitoring shipping on behalf of global markets, timely awareness of emergencies at sea, determining environmental hazards, tracking illegal activities, or gathering intelligence regarding potential threats to national security, access to timely and accurate understanding of what is happening in our maritime environments – known...

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An Out-of-the-Blue Icebreaker Opportunity
Mar07

An Out-of-the-Blue Icebreaker Opportunity

By Colonel (Retired) Pierre Leblanc I recently attended the Maritime and Arctic Security & Safety Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, where I learned of an interesting unforeseen opportunity for the Canadian Government to acquire a number of modern icebreakers at deeply discounted prices. On January 30, 2017, I raised my concerns with the aging of the Canadian Coast...

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Federal Budget allocates significant funds towards cybersecurity
Mar02

Federal Budget allocates significant funds towards cybersecurity

By Imran Ahmad On February 27, 2018, the Minister of Finance tabled Budget 2018 – Equality + Growth: A Strong Middle Class (the Budget) before Parliament. The Budget includes investments in several key areas of the Canadian economy, including in the area of cybersecurity. In his remarks, the Minister of Finance stated that “[t]o safeguard Canadians’ privacy, and protect both our digital...

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Defence Procurement: Major Actors and Approaches to Risk
Feb28

Defence Procurement: Major Actors and Approaches to Risk

By Richard Shimooka Over the past decade, major Canadian procurement projects have encountered increasing difficulties, ranging from multi-million dollar cost overruns, decades-long delays, and lackluster capabilities. Military programs, partly due to their large capital outlays, are particularly vulnerable (albeit, by no means unique, as the Phoenix pay system debacle illustrates). Potential causes for these issues include the increasing technical...

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