Droning on
Mar28

Droning on

If there is one thing this writer feels quite confident about, it is the fact that drones will be crucial to the future of Canada’s air force. This also doesn’t have to be a wall of expense with more risk than reward. If our current government plays its cards right, it can replace the RCAF’s ageing CF-188’s, create new...

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Where are the wearable?
Mar18

Where are the wearable?

The coming of age of mobile telephony, the digitization of content and the explosion of social media have created a connected economy that’s reshaped our world. Now, the Internet of Things (IoT) – the term used to describe the concept of bringing this age of connectivity to physical products – is becoming a reality. According to Business Insider, there...

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Global defence perspectives – mapping prioritization and posture in a challenging world
Feb03

Global defence perspectives – mapping prioritization and posture in a challenging world

The security challenges confronting national defence organizations are both complex and dynamic. Nations around the globe now face a myriad of threats that vary greatly in both scope and scale. Long­standing threats from neighboring nations, such as the enduring tensions on the Korean peninsula and Indian subcontinent, are the types of traditional challenges that most national defence organizations have...

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Want a Good Defence White Paper? Look to the UK
Feb02

Want a Good Defence White Paper? Look to the UK

To say the Canada First Defence Strategy is outdated is an understatement. Published in 2008, the document still lists the 2010 Winter Olympics as a defence priority. Moreover, a series of fiscal cutbacks and deferrals in 2010-2014 have left many of its major capital projects, like the Canadian Surface Combatant, underfunded due to inflationary pressures and a weakened dollar. Yet,...

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Addressing Canada’s 21st Century Security Challenges: Is a coherent and affordable national defence strategy possible?
Jan12

Addressing Canada’s 21st Century Security Challenges: Is a coherent and affordable national defence strategy possible?

For too long Canadian defence policy and operational priorities have lacked a degree of precision and purpose.  Indeed, since 2006 the Harper administration has been pledging Canadian forces to an indiscriminate series of overseas and domestic military adventures without sufficiently clarifying how they will ultimately protect Canadian sovereignty, freedom of action, and/or values. Our armed forces need direction and...

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Underwater Wafare: Pay to stay current, or get out of the game
Oct30

Underwater Wafare: Pay to stay current, or get out of the game

In the days following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 8 2014, many were surprised at the degree of difficulty experienced by the search team. Despite international cooperation and the use of multiple, redundant modern technologies for tracking the vessels that traverse our skies and oceans, little headway was made in locating any trace of the...

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