For better or worse, Canada had to step up in Afghanistan

There is not a lot of good that can be said about the war in Afghanistan—or any war, for that matter—but there is perhaps, some good that can be taken from it. The Washington Post’s exposé on the Afghanistan Papers provides overwhelming evidence of the war’s shortcomings, detailing a litany of mistakes, failures and...
  • Defence minister says NATO still plays a critical role

    February 1, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The survival of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is not in question, Canada’s defence minister suggested Feb. 1, nor is American involvement in the 68-year-old defence pact. In a wide-ranging interview with Legion Magazine, Harjit Sajjan expressed confidence the treaty will prevail despite President Donald...
  • U.S. commitment to Norad assured in phone call

    January 25, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The new U.S. defense secretary reaffirmed his country’s commitment to continental defence and North American Air Defence Command (Norad) in a weekend phone call to his Canadian counterpart. In what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan called “a warm and cordial call,” former Marine Corps general James...
  • Suspended vice-admiral outspoken in support of navy

    January 19, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The man temporarily relieved of his duties as vice-chief of the defence staff this week is an outspoken advocate of his beloved navy whose first words after his appointment to the military’s second-highest post constituted a harsh critique of the government that put him there....
  • Trump to bring down cost of F-35 fighters

    January 16, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Calling the F-35 stealth fighter “way, way behind schedule and many, many billions of dollars over-budget,” U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pledged Wednesday to reduce its costs and get Lockheed Martin to build a better airplane. In his first news conference since July, Trump dismissed reports...
  • Russian interference in U.S. election opens eyes

    January 11, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election may be a turning point in an ongoing cyberwar that pits the United States and its western allies—Canada included—against multiple, shadowy enemies. Bruce Colman, an Ottawa-based cyber-security consultant and e-commerce specialist, says that beyond whatever effects it may...
  • Military leaders dominate Trump’s cabinet

    December 30, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Never in American history has a cabinet-elect been so stacked with ex-warriors as Donald Trump’s, and some question the wisdom of relying so much on the military perspective in a country that so values civilian control over its political institutions. Three top posts in Trump’s...

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