Nanisivik versus Resolute Bay
Aug25

Nanisivik versus Resolute Bay

By Colonel Pierre Leblanc (Ret’d) In 2007, the Harper government promised to refurbish a mining installation in Nanisivik into a deep-water berthing naval facility to support Arctic operations.  Over the years, the scope of the program was reduced to a simple refueling facility which is still not operational. It may be time to revisit the plan altogether in favor of...

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Lockheed Martin completes IRB commitments for CC-130J
Aug16

Lockheed Martin completes IRB commitments for CC-130J

Lockheed Martin announced recently, the completion of its Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) commitments, valued at $1.4 billion for the Aircraft Capability Project – Tactical (ACP-T) program. This contract was awarded in December 2007, for 17 CC-130J Super Hercules to replace the CC-130E Hercules aircraft fleet. Completed one year ahead of plan, the global security and aerospace company met all its...

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June/July issue: Interview with Commissioner Jeffery Hutchinson, Canadian Coast Guard
Jun21

June/July issue: Interview with Commissioner Jeffery Hutchinson, Canadian Coast Guard

The summer is finally here and the buzz in the air is all about Canada’s new defence policy. As we were putting the final touches on this issue of Vanguard, the long-awaited defence policy was finally announced. This new defence policy released by the Liberal government outlines new capabilities and spending for the Canadian Armed Forces with an increase...

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Arctic Ports for Canadian Seapower – Part 2
May24

Arctic Ports for Canadian Seapower – Part 2

By Timothy Choi My previous post explored some of the benefits that could be accrued from establishing ports in the Arctic, not least in possibly strengthening Canada’s claim to a contested extended continental shelf if it were to reach UN arbitration. As I noted in my last article, a state’s ability to respond to maritime security emergencies in the area in...

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Arctic ports for Canadian sea power – Part 1
May19

Arctic ports for Canadian sea power – Part 1

Should their potential be fully embraced, ports will provide Canada with a significant source of new-found sea power in the Arctic By Timothy Choi Sea power is the ability to influence events at sea or from the sea, and consists of inputs (the sources of power) and outputs (what that power accomplishes). Traditionally, Canadian sea power inputs have been...

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Lockheed Martin delivers combat trainer system to New Zealand Navy
Mar15

Lockheed Martin delivers combat trainer system to New Zealand Navy

Lockheed Martin Canada yesterday announced another milestone in its involvement with the Royal New Zealand Navy’s Anzac-class frigate modernization program. The Canadian arm of the American defence conglomerate said its delivery just a few weeks ago of its CMS 330 combat management system to RNZN is the company’s first major delivery under the Anzac Frigate System Upgrade Project and...

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