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That Others May Live: In The Air With Canada’s Search And Rescue Technicians

The world wants you dead. This is unfortunate, but it’s true, particularly in Canada, and especially in the North. Nature is cold and dark, the sea is deep and there are a million ways to die....
  • Eye On Defence: January/February 2014

    January 18, 2014 by David J. Bercuson
    The Canadian chattering class seemed stunned last summer by revelations that Canada’s signals intelligence agency–the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC)—was involved in eavesdropping on Brazil. In the fall came further news that Canada was helping the United States monitor communications in Europe as well. This...
  • An exoskeleton suit developed by Ekso Bionics of California. [PHOTO: R.J. MUNA, EKSO BIONICS]

    A Mighty Big Bionic Step

    January 16, 2014 by Sharon Adams
    You could describe a bionic exoskeleton as a robot suit—a ready-to-wear superman kit a soldier can don to get the extra oomph to tote a hundred kilograms without breaking a sweat or tirelessly run and march farther and faster than otherwise humanly...
  • AfghanBIG
    ¹ As a part of their fieldcraft training, soldiers are taught about camouflage. They’re given a checklist of basic principles to use in order to stay hidden from the enemy—things like avoiding silhouetting yourself, shadows, spacing, shininess, etc. The list is entitled: “Why Things Are...
  • Eye On Defence: November/December 2013

    November 12, 2013 by David J. Bercuson
    As of this writing more than 900 Canadian soldiers remain in Afghanistan completing the last part of the training mission that this government took on when it ended Canada’s mission in Kandahar province in 2011. That mission has an achievable objective and the resources necessary...
  • EyeFeature

    Eye On Defence: September/October 2013

    September 3, 2013 by David J. Bercuson
    In June a platoon from the Royal 22nd Regiment based in Valcartier, Que., embarked on a United Nations peacekeeping operation in Haiti, under command of the Brazilian Army. The story received little press in Canada. Indeed, the whole operation—from the diplomatic arrangements and agreements...
  • CDS1
    Around the nation’s capital, the new Chief of Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, is considered a bit of an enigma. He’s a fighter pilot who has learned to conceal the traditional fighter pilot swagger. He’s an officer who rose to the top of the military without...
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