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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Interview with Colonel Jason Kenny, Director of Air Requirements, RCAF
May15

Interview with Colonel Jason Kenny, Director of Air Requirements, RCAF

In 1993, under the Regular Officer Training Plan, Colonel Kenny joined the Canadian Armed Forces. He attended le Collège Militaire Royale de St-Jean and later graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada at Kingston with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. By the end of 1999, he completed his pilot training and began serving with 415 Maritime...

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A different view of technology in defence
May14

A different view of technology in defence

In one of my first Tech Watch columns in Vanguard published in 2014, which came out after the announced changes to the previous Industrial Regional Benefits policy in Canada. The changes, which would incentivized defence contractors to focus investments in Canadian technologies that would contribute to Canada’s long-term technology objectives, caused me to be exuberant and idealistic about the...

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Thales enhances the operational effectiveness of Army training
May13

Thales enhances the operational effectiveness of Army training

A forward-looking, innovative and agile force, the Canadian Army continues to seek capabilities that enhance operational effectiveness.  With this in mind, the Army has articulated a clear vision and expectations for its Land Vehicle Crew Training System (LVCTS) program.  The delivery, technology and innovation demand put forth by the DND project team has set a challenging target for industry...

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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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