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...
  • Defence review to improve deployment benefits

    May 31, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The federal government will no longer tax deployed military and police personnel, regardless of their mission’s risk, under changes proposed by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. The measure is part of the coming defence review and is retroactive to Jan. 1. It will apply to all...
  • Our vulnerable Arctic

    May 24, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
      The Arctic’s vast expanse and stirring emptiness are rarely top of mind but always at the core of Canadians’ collective soul. It is a land of breathtaking beauty, profound challenges and stark contrasts. Nearly 40 per cent of Canadian territory lies above the Arctic...
  • What to do about North Korea?

    May 17, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Canada went to war in 1950 because North Korea’s invasion of South Korea was a clear affront to the principles of the still-fledgling United Nations and was viewed as a potential stepping stone to more serious confrontation in Eastern Europe. In fact, for decades it...
  • Testing North American air space

    May 10, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Recent approaches by Russian Cold War-era bombers off Alaska and the Canadian Arctic mark a significant escalation in such activity representing the most concentrated batch of Russian long-range missions in some time. But in all the years that Soviet and, later, Russian aircraft have embarked...
  • Sajjan under fire

    May 3, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is under fire for comments he made overstating his role in one of the biggest battles of the war in Afghanistan. But what were his transgressions, really, and what price should he pay, if any? Sajjan apologized quickly and unequivocally for...
  • How independent should an ombudsman be?

    April 25, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Like his predecessors, military ombudsman Gary Walbourne is engaged in what appears to be a futile battle for independence from his masters at the Department of National Defence and in the Canadian Armed Forces. In his March report, entitled The Case for a Permanent and...
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