Defence & Security

Back in the Game: 12 ways Canada could contribute to UN peace operations

Nov 03, 2016
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Walter Dorn

The Prime Minister has declared that “Canada is back” on the world stage. He has mandated his Ministers of National Defence and Foreign Affairs to re-engage Canada in UN peacekeeping.  What can be done?  Lots! Here is a list of ideas. 1. Place several military officers in the Office of Military Affairs (OMA) of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)

F-35: Four fallacies that skew public discussion

Jul 24, 2016
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Paul H. Chapin

Following is a repeat posting of an article which first appeared in The Vimy Report on November 6, 2015 under the title “F-35: Slow down and think about it”.    In its election platform, the Liberal Party declared its intention “not to buy the F-35 stealth fighter-bomber” and to “immediately launch an open and transparent competition to replace the CF-18

What to do about the barbarians? Eight statements of the obvious

Jul 23, 2016
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Paul H. Chapin

Barbarians at the gates? They’re already in the town square. How could this be? The Western democracies possess the most sophisticated intelligence gathering systems, multi-layered defences, and formidable military power ever devised. Yet their responses so far have had as much impact on the violence as a rain dance on the weather. Since nothing in history has prepared democratic states

Why on earth is Canada sending troops to Latvia?

Jul 17, 2016
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The Vimy Report

At the NATO Summit in Warsaw last week, the leaders of the Western alliance finally decided that it was time to do something serious to deter Russia from further intimidating the eastern flank allies. Under Poland’s leadership, the East European members had agitated strenuously for NATO to permanently station troops there to defend their borders with Russia. It was a

Will they come if they’re needed?

Jun 09, 2016
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Paul H. Chapin

The NATO members most threatened by Russia’s aggression in Crimea and eastern Ukraine have signalled they are unhappy with the support they have been receiving from their Western European and North American allies. In an extraordinary move, the leaders of the Central and Eastern European members of the alliance held a summit meeting of their own in Bucharest on November

Do you know this woman? Our defence now depends on her.

May 13, 2016
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The Vimy Report

General Lori Robinson, US Air Force, is the new commander of NORAD, Canada’s first line of defence in the event of an air or missile attack on North America. On May 13, Gen. Robinson took charge of both the North American Aerospace Defence Command, the joint US-Canada continental warning system, and US Northern Command for US homeland defence. Lori Robinson

When calamity strikes, how much can the military really help?

May 09, 2016
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The Vimy Report

The Canadian Armed Forces are helping out at Fort McMurray, but the Auditor General has warned that their ability to assist in domestic crises is deficient. Operation LENTUS is the Canadian Armed Forces’ contingency plan to provide support to provincial and territorial authorities when a major natural disaster threatens to overwhelm local capacity to respond. On May 4 the Government

Want to talk defence policy? Here are 10 questions for you.

Apr 22, 2016
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The Vimy Report

The Liberal government has launched a review of Canadian defence policy, and has invited Canadians to participate in it. To help focus public discussion on the issues the government believes require most attention, the Department of National Defence has published a consultation paper to provide the necessary background. For the average citizen, it’s a good primer and well worth reading.

3 Problems with the Upcoming Defence Policy Review

Apr 21, 2016
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BGen (ret) Dr. James S. Cox

Our first line of defence and the object of all our policy must be to work with other nations to prevent war … The first aim of our defence policy is defence against aggression … The measures to be taken for the defence of our country are matters of individual interest as well as national responsibility. (The Hon. Brooke Claxton,

The Threat from Within

Apr 09, 2016
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Kurt F. Jensen

Myths, uncertainties, confusion, and ideologically-tainted views surround the question of what constitutes radicalization and terrorism in the West.  An excellent primer on the factors which contribute to, and are sometimes present within, those who have taken the path to Al Qaeda-inspired radicalization is The Threat from Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda-inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West by Phil Gurski. Gurski