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Dashboard: Activities underway for Strong, Secure, Engaged
Jun27

Dashboard: Activities underway for Strong, Secure, Engaged

In June 2017, the Government of Canada released, Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE), Canada’s defence policy, which outlines the significant investments to equip the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) over the next two decades. This policy also supports the brave men and women of the CAF who are prepared to defend Canada and Canadian...

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Strong, Secure, Engaged: The Cyber Extract
Jun04

Strong, Secure, Engaged: The Cyber Extract

Lately, hardly a day goes by without media headlines stringing out the latest on the SNC Lavalin scandal with proliferous filler, like the Norman affair and China (anything to do with China). With the words ‘bribe,’ ‘breach’ and ‘bureaucrats behaving badly’ hanging over Canada’s woes, headlines were made around the world. Canada, no longer the apologetic neophyte, had slid...

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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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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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