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The path of procurement

Of the many questions surrounding the federal government’s recently released defence policy review, perhaps none is more topical than whether Canada has the ability to spend an additional $62.3 billion on its military over the next 20 years. And not just because it’s a lot of money and government priorities have a tendency to...
  • Mission to Iraq extended, other options considered

    July 12, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The federal government had no sooner released its new foreign and defence policies than it put its money where its mouth is and renewed its commitment to the allied coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. It’s a relatively small contribution—logistical and training support, mainly—but,...
  • Canada’s military scores a number of firsts

    July 5, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    June 2017 was a pretty good month for Canada’s military. First there was the defence policy review, released June 7 after a year-long consultation process. The document did not come up with sure-fire solutions to longstanding issues plaguing military procurement, but it did propose a...
  • Considering the rigours of military life

    June 28, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The chief of the defence staff says the Canadian military needs to make more effort to ensure its members have the right stuff to endure the challenges of military life. Speaking to the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence, General Jonathan Vance described...
  • Spending two per cent of GDP is misleading

    June 21, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
      It constitutes a small part of the government’s recently released defence policy review, but it’s a telling one. Just 579 of 8,805 words are devoted to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s two-per-cent-of-GDP standard for defence spending, but the words and the numbers suggest Ottawa...
  • Defence full of future promises

    June 14, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The fundamental challenge to change within the Canadian Armed Forces is commitment, not by troops, bureaucrats or military brass, but by governments. It’s easy enough to say Canada’s military needs more and better ships, planes and armoured vehicles, but acquiring them takes time and inevitably...
  • They assembled in Bedford Basin and Sydney Harbour, and picked up additions from St. John’s and the Gulf of St. Lawrence along the way, time after time after time. Each voyage totalled dozens of ships of all kinds, massed to carry personnel, food and war...
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