The recent decision by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to cancel a $234 million deal to buy 16 combat-configurable Bell helicopters because of potential restrictions on what they can and cannot be used for, has refocused attention on Canada’s arms export practices.
As Andrew Rasiulis notes, an opportunity for the G7 to develop an ambitious Marshall Plan for Ukraine reform may well be on the horizon.
Colonel Mark Poland has been appointed as a Special Prosecutor to conduct a post-charge review of charges against Chief Military Judge Colonel Mario Dutil under the National Defence Act to determine if this matter will proceed to trial by court martial.
China and Russia spend less than the United States on a per capita basis, but they are getting better results at modernizing and strengthening their military power. What does this mean for Canada, asks David Bercuson.
Alan Stephenson takes a hard look at the pending Australian fighter purchase and the "fictitious" capability gap it intends to fill.
The social contract, which members of the Canadian Armed Forces hold as a sacred obligation, has been shot down by a BC Court of Appeals. The finding states: “the government has no obligation to care for its military and veterans”.
David Bercuson wonders how long the government will continue to use political games to avoid making a decision on the fighter jet replacements.
Let’s face it, there is a difference in the way women generally tackle social issues, says David Bercuson. Will an increased female presence on peace operations have the desired effect?
David Bercuson looks at the reasons why Canada appears no closer to a peacekeeping mission today than on the day the Liberals were elected.
We now have, in America, a new standard, being driven by the media, that if you're not absolutely pure, you're not eligible to run for office in America, and that's wrong.
The RCAF has decided to use a grey colour scheme for the C-295W fleet "to enable surging flexibility" for the "very wide range of missions" it is required to conduct, said a DND spokesman.
Although supported by a large number of Canadians, the Liberal government’s pursuit of a free trade agreement with China ignores real security and defence vulnerabilities posed by such a relationship.
Canadians were promised “open and transparent government” by the Liberal regime. This promise apparently does not apply to major defence programs that will burden the Canadian taxpayer for generations with hundreds of billions of spending.
Having supported the Kurdish military in a non-combat role for years, Minister Sajjan comments on Canada's assessment of the current situation in Iraq.
All governments subsidize airplane manufacturers, but political entanglements are jeopardizing the “fairness” of a major competition, writes David Bercuson.
In the almost 13 years since Canada decided against joining the U.S. in Ballistic Missile Defense, every major consideration that went into that decision has changed. It is time to pivot towards deterring regimes like North Korea.
The biggest obstacle to passage of Canadian Arctic waters is the lack of both navigation facilities and rescue services, and this requires heavy icebreakers, notes David Bercuson.
Elinor Sloan notes that despite its detailed costing and encouraging commitments to a wide range of investments, the failure to sufficiently address weaknesses in the military procurement system marks a significant shortcoming of the
A trade dispute has upended Canada's defence plan, announced this Spring, to fill a "capability gap" in the RCAF fleet with Boeing Super Hornets before the production line for this platform winds down.
The effort to replace Canada’s fighter jets is reaching new depths of hilarity, writes David Bercuson.