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Simulating opportunities in the next fleet Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy represents an opportunity for the modeling, simulation and gaming industries. And Halifax is well positioned to capitalize. Thanks to a robust film industry, a large concentration of universities and colleges, including specialized technical programs attracting international students, and a wealth of military subject matter experts across all services,...

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Knowing our North

Last August, and for the sixth time since 2007, the Canadian Forces (CF) completed their annual major Arctic military exercise, Operation Nanook. This year’s operation was the largest one ever held with two different scenario-driven exercises in Canada’s Western and Eastern Arctic. Commanded by Joint Task Force North (JTFN), this whole-of-government exercise deployed more than 1,250 CF personnel to...

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An anniversary unacknowledged As National Defence issues yet another update on the status of its Maritime Helicopter Program, a little noticed anniversary is quietly approaching. The EH 101 – the Cadillac helicopter Prime Minister Jean Chretien once deemed too expensive to replace Canada’s Sea Kings – is turning 25 this year. The maritime helicopter, now known as the AW...

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SOF: A vital fourth service

Special Operations Forces: A National Capability Dr. Emily Spencer, Editor Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2011 The American-led global war on terror has brought Special Operations Forces to the fore. Given their current importance, should they too be subject to the deficit cost-cutting now underway at National Defence? After reading Special Operations Forces: A National Capability, nine essays culled from...

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RIMPAC exercises Canadian, coalition interoperability

The world’s largest maritime exercise wrapped up on August 3 following a month of scenarios to test coalition interoperability. Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), now in its 23rd year, is held around the Hawaiian Islands. What began in 1971 as a Five Eyes exercise involving the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada has swelled to 22 nations,...

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The right solution for patrolling the Arctic

Since the Conservative government announced in the Canada First Defence Strategy in 2008 that they were pursuing the possibility of acquiring Arctic warships, criticisms and options have been proposed by many with interest in the issue. The culmination of this discussion is the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) project. The reality is that regardless of the debate around these vessels,...

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