Our vulnerable Arctic

  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 Circle, yet only about one per cent of the...
  • Super Hornets fill a temporary gap

    November 25, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
    A decision to purchase 18 Super Hornet fighter jets as an interim measure until a permanent option is found could cost Canadian taxpayers more than $1.2 billion, according to the government’s own estimates. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced Nov. 22 that Ottawa will enter talks...
  • Canada’s role in Iraq growing

    November 16, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
    It’s looking more and more like Canada has exchanged its role in the air war in Iraq for a growing part in the ground war. CBC confirmed this week what many had already surmised–Canadian troops tasked to advise Peshmerga fighters have taken preventative action against...
  • Trump victory welcomed by Putin

    November 14, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Some North Atlantic Treaty Organization members are sweating and Vladimir Putin is wringing his hands after Donald Trump’s stunning upset in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. The first-time political candidate made no bones during the campaign about his dissatisfaction with U.S. security arrangements, demanding...
  • Learning from rats

    November 3, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Defence scientists are analyzing proteins in rats in ongoing attempts to measure the effects of traumatic injury to the brain and ultimately come up with new and more effective treatments. Identifying and understanding blast-induced brain injury is a priority among scientists at Defence Research and...
  • A tale of two air strikes

    September 21, 2016 by Adam Day
    The war in Syria and Iraq is nowhere close to over. While its seems clear that ISIS is losing its grip on territory and power as it loses strength, there is a second aspect to the war that is now gaining a bit more prominence....
  • In the past week things have taken a very odd turn in northern Syria. For one, Turkey invaded. And while the Turks claim their motive for invading was to push ISIS back from the border it shares with Syria, it now appears the real aim...