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Defence & Security

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

Trudeau is serious about defence? His first budget says otherwise.

Mar 31, 2016
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The Vimy Report

In their 2015 election platform, the Liberal Party charged that the Conservative Government had left Canada’s Armed Forces “underfunded and ill-equipped, and the courageous members of the Forces unsupported after years of dedicated service”. Under Stephen Harper, the Liberals claimed, “investments in the Canadian Armed Forces have been erratic, promised increases in funding have been scaled back, and more than

The reality behind Obama’s nuclear disarmament plan

Mar 31, 2016
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Paul H. Chapin

In 2009, the newly-elected president of the United States committed “to seek the peace and security of the world without nuclear weapons”. For his vision, the folks in Oslo gave him the Nobel Peace Prize. The following year, Obama arranged for world leaders to come to Washington for his first “nuclear summit”, where he basked in international applause for the

Our CF-18s in the desert: What to do?

Feb 03, 2016
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Guy Stanley

Could it be the new government’s got it right? The Huffington Post Sunday quoted Stéphane Dion, the new foreign affairs minister, as saying Canada’s goals in the Middle East go beyond the conflicts in Syria and Iraq to include the stability of Lebanon and Jordan and the region. Let’s be clear: the CF-18s are not the issue. The real issue

No Fight in this Dog

Feb 01, 2016
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BGen (ret) Dr. James S. Cox

The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a pathological mixture of perverse extremism, medieval standards and amoral behaviour whose barbarous practices surpass even Nazi atrocities, if not in scale then certainly in degree. That ISIS thrives is surely an embarrassment to the civilized world. ISIS may not be the only impediment to peace and security in the

Better never than late?

Jan 12, 2016
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Vimy Intel Team

President Obama is taking additional measures to combat Islamist terrorism, without of course calling it that. First, the White House has announced the creation of a task force charged with “Countering Violent Extremism” in the United States.  The group is to headed by the departments of Homeland Security and Justice and will include representatives from 11 departments and agencies. The

The little known legal battle over the South China Sea

Jan 04, 2016
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The Vimy Report

While the world’s attention has focused on US and Australian naval and air patrols challenging China’s claim to 90% of the South China Sea, the Philippines has taken China to court. So far, David has got Goliath on the defensive. The case is being heard — sort of — at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague which was

Thinking About Canada’s Security and Defence

Jan 04, 2016
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Guy Stanley

New government — new changes ahead? Stand by for defence and foreign policy reviews. Except that the parameters of those reviews probably won’t change much. Defence policy reviews usually come down to promising more cooperation with our US and other NATO allies, using procurement to help Canadian industry improve its footing in international defence industry and, of course, taking steps

Three Questions for a Canadian Defence Policy Review

Jan 04, 2016
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BGen (ret) Dr. James S. Cox

A defence policy for the times There have been considerable geopolitical, strategic, technological and global economic changes since Canada’s last real defence policy statement found in the Martin government’s Canada’s International Policy Statement of 2005. Subsequently, the Harper government was the only Canadian government since the Second World War to not publish an explicit national defence policy. But what about