The Canadian Forces Today — Post Afghanistan

January 13, 2014 10:00 am
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The recently released Strategic Profile consolidates important demographic, economic and military data into a concise document that allows for a quick yet detailed overview of where Canada stands in terms of defence and development. The work was completed by the Strategic Studies Working Group (SSWG), a partnership between the Canadian Defence […]

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Will U.S. Cut Canada Loose

October 17, 2006 11:31 am
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The Conservative government in Ottawa is obviously friendlier toward the United States than its immediate predecessors. Thus far; however, nothing the Harper government has done has eased Washington’s growing concerns that Canada’s defence weaknesses threaten the U.S.’s own continental security. There are two factors at play here. The first comes […]

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Why Criminals Love Canada

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by Hank Reardon Canada has become a multicultural haven for organized crime, says Antonio Nicaso, co-author (with Lee Lamothe) of Angels, Mobsters and Narco-Terrorists: The Rising Menace of Global Criminal Empires (Wiley Canada). According to Nicaso, 9/11 had a direct impact on Canada’s underworld. Funding for law enforcement was diverted […]

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The Canadian Military Needs an Acquisition Model That Delivers

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There is an urgent need for the federal government to initiate and execute, under the leadership of National Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor, changes to an equipment acquisition system that over the years has become dysfunctional to the point where procurement cycles of 15 years or more are common. In a […]

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Arctic Sovereignty and Security and the New Government

10:47 am
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From a northern security perspective, one of the most remarkable aspects of the election campaign was the inclusion of northern security as an election issue! Traditionally, the major parties do not raise northern issues during their campaigns, except in the context of answering questions. The Liberals have traditionally included some […]

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A Simple Decision Model for Fixing the Defence Procurement Process

10:40 am
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By now, the fundamental problems of recapitalizing the Canadian Forces (CF) are well understood. Too much of the existing equipment inventory is either past the end of its Treasury Board-mandated life expectancy, or else perilously close to it. At the same time, the ponderously slow procurement process, described by the […]

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There’s No Life Like It Part 3

October 16, 2004 11:55 am
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troops put in place for United Nations and humanitarian deployments. The 3D plan metamorphosed out of the experience in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Haiti and Iraq. In Afghanistan and Haiti, Canada’s troops went in under the UN banner to stabilize the region while our diplomats worked on numerous fronts to help build […]

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There’s No Life Like It Part 2

11:41 am
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Although it is the last thing many people would want, Mark Powell thinks he is lucky. He’ll be in Afghanistan within the year. He’s a Governor General’s Foot Guard, a reservist who competed and won the opportunity to go abroad with the regular forces. “Ever since I joined the military, […]

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There’s No Life Like It Part 1

10:55 am
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In this three-part series on the state of Canada’s military preparedness, Ottawa Life’s top writers examine Canada’s peacekeeping deployments around the world, capacity and equipment challenges, and pressing infrastructure replacement needs. We begin our series on national defense with the first of three interviews with Gem Ray Henault, Chief of […]

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Shaping the Future Part 2

10:42 am
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The HMCS Chicoutimi was only days out of port on its maiden voyage when disaster struck. An onboard fire would leave one sailor dead and an entire crew bobbing in the North Atlantic for days as they waited for a towline to take them back to port. Typically the national […]

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Shaping the Future: by H E Dens Tomah Hungarian Ambassador to Canada The Enlarged European Union and Canada

10:38 am
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According to a wise saying “finding one another is a promising beginning, staying together is a progress; and working together is a success.” Well, Hungary and Europe found each other more than 1,000 years ago. After a painful bypass in history, we can state today that we stayed together. After […]

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Part 3 of Ottawa Life’s exclusive interview with Gen. Ray Henault

10:27 am
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DD: No doubts about going down and staying in one for a long time? RH: I have no concerns about the safety, security and the operational procedures that are used by their crews. They are top-notch professionals. Quite frankly, the price at which we got these submarines, the fact that […]

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Focus of Canada’s Defence Internal Terrorist Threat

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In this three-part series on the state of Canada’s military preparedness, Ottawa Life’s top writers examine Canada’s peacekeeping deployments around the world, capacity and equipment challenges, and pressing infrastructure replacement needs. Here is Part 2 of an interview with Gen. Ray Henault, chief of the defence staff, Department of National […]

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Part 1 of OLM’s exclusive interview with Gen. Ray Henault- Focus of Canada’s Defence is Shifting

October 8, 2004 3:07 pm
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Focus of Canada’s Defence Internal Terrorist Threat In this three-part series on the state of Canada’s military preparedness, Ottawa Life’s top writers examine Canada’s peacekeeping deployments around the world, capacity and equipment challenges, and pressing infrastructure replacement needs. Here is Part 2 of an interview with Gen. Ray Henault, chief […]

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