Spending two per cent of GDP is misleading

  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 will likely never meet the alliance’s ideal. The much-anticipated...
  • 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...
  • It sounds more like science fiction than reality, but the United States is developing some truly amazing new weapons in an attempt to deter Russia and China from even thinking about going to war.  One of the most interesting is the railgun. It’s an electromagnetic...
  • Quietly, a new war begins

    August 11, 2016 by Adam Day
    On Aug. 1, the United States opened up a new front in the war against ISIS when it began a bombing campaign in Libya. Now, this is far from the first time the United States has bombed Libya. Back in 2011, a large group of...