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Scattering Canada’s armed forces

The Canadian military seems to be spread all over these days. During its deployment in Afghanistan, most of Canada’s non-North American military effort, especially that of the army, was focused almost exclusively on that mission. That was in keeping with the views of then Chief of the Defence Staff Rick Hillier—and apparently shared by...
  • Dangerous mission to Mali accepted

    July 5, 2018 by David J. Bercuson
    Finally, after two and a half years of governing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government decided to send a small Canadian military mission to aid United Nations troops trying to enforce the peace in Mali in West Africa. The key part of the mission, announced in...
  • Preparing for a nuclear attack

    May 22, 2018 by David J. Bercuson
    At the end of November, an article appeared on the CBC news website announcing that the Privy Council Office—the bureaucratic arm of the federal cabinet—drafted an agreement with the Department of National Defence to open up two old Cold War-era bunkers in the National Capital...
  • A proper reaction

    March 1, 2018 by David J. Bercuson
    In early October, the army made it clear that the Canadian Armed Forces was not about to let racist behaviour among its members derail its reputation. Last year, some members of the CAF crossed the line from being military professionals to engaging in behaviour that...
  • The need to reform Royal Military College

    January 2, 2018 by David J. Bercuson
    Royal Military College (RMC) is the keystone to the entire structure of military education in Canada and, according to the auditor general’s report released in November, it is in considerable trouble. The report followed a three-and-a-half year study by a five-person audit team which visited...
  • Is it time for Canada to get anti-ballistic missiles?

    November 17, 2017 by David J. Bercuson
    With North Korea launching two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) over the summer and the continuation of its nuclear development program, many observers believe that the “hermit kingdom,” as it is often called, is within 18 months of being able to deploy nuclear-tipped ICBMs aimed at...
  • A defence policy and a step backward

    September 11, 2017 by David J. Bercuson
    It is difficult trying to figure out where the federal Liberal government stands on national defence and national security issues. On June 6, 2017, the government released Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy, which is the first true white paper on defence since 1994. (Peter...
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