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FRONTLINE DEFENCE 2018: ISSUE 3

The Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is only as good as the troops and support it gets from contributing countries. Given the recent concern over Canada’s upcoming contribution to the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), one might easily assume that up until now few Canadians had ever set foot in Mali. However, this is far from the case. 

Prince Harry saw first-hand how the power of sport can help those suffering from injuries and illness – and this inspiration led to the Invictus Games. Team Canada members are already busy training for the next games.

The Liberal pledge to overhaul pensions for Veterans was a key campaign promise in 2015, but veterans won’t see any changes until next year, and the benefits are significantly less than promised. However, access to education and support could prove incredibly valuable.

The global threat environment has become more complex because of lawfare and hybrid warfare. Canada must respond with interlinked policies of defence and security; foreign affairs; economic and international trade; and environment. These issues cannot be viewed in isolation.

Canadian troops have been providing assistance after flooding on both coasts.

Does Project Resolve represent a catch-all solution for future procurement? Not likely; but it does highlight how innovative and less-restrictive processes can circumvent the inertia that has been crippling defence procurement.

The typical 4-year term of the Secretary General of NATO – now held by Mr. Jens Stoltenberg (former Prime Minister of Norway) – was extended by two more years to 2020. Our debaters present vastly opposing views on the merits of proposing a Canadian SecGen for 2020. Read on.

In another blow to America’s revolution in military affairs, Russian forces operating in Syria have initiated an electronic war targeting the hand and catapult-launched drones. Washington knew it was only a matter of time before its foes would be capable of jamming or spoofing U.S. tactical collection platforms.

Proposed C-77 amendment to the National Defence Act aims to provide increased support and assistance for victims of crime committed within the Canadian military jurisdiction and eliminate summary trials.

In taking the lead to highlight innovation, we will endeavour to provide publicity to the companies that are making a difference today. In our Fall edition, we will be initiating a special FrontLine Innovation Platform (FLIP) across multiple industries related to Defence and Safety and Security. 

DND’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program has been rolled out. It all starts with an unsolved challenge from DND, and seeks “innovative” solutions from industry.

MDA, Raytheon, Naval Group, Lockheed Martin Canada, MBDA

The annual Master’s Program seminar on Advances in Complex Project Leadership, organized by the Telfer School of Management, was a forum in which to share and discuss experiences and lessons learned for project leadership.

Based on the number of books, periodicals, theses, articles and movies that have seemingly dissected pretty much everything about the modern-day Afghanistan campaign, you might think you've heard it all. As it turns out, the unique perspective of the operational commander is compelling and adds much to our understanding.

While some nations work at putting conflict behind them, others work harder to achieve global dominance.

New Zealand Secretary of Defence Helene Quilter and Commanding Officer Commander (Navy) Steve Lenik, Royal New Zealand Navy, transferred Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Te Kaha into the care of Lockheed Martin Canada and Seaspan Victoria Shipyards Co. Ltd in Victoria, BC, to commence the shipyard industrial refit phase of the ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade project.

Expanded tool sets used by adversaries to influence culture, actions and decisions of liberal democracies is the focus of a new Centre of Excellence in Europe.

After an intense 8-year period of modernization and recapitalization, the Russian government is set to cut its naval investment to 2,6 trillion rubles ($54B CAD).

Helicopters and personnel will be deployed to Mali in August to augment what is arguably the most challenging UN mission in recent years. In addition to the challenges of protecting its own assets while supporting other members of the coalition, is the prospect of introducing female troops and personnel into a conflict zone where Muslim extremists control large swaths of the country.