Defence & Security

Britain is also at war

Dec 06, 2015
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The Vimy Report

A week after the ISIL attacks in Paris on November 13 , British Prime Minister David Cameron met with French President François Hollande for what was described as a “war summit”. The following week, the British government tabled in Parliament its comprehensive strategy for dealing with ISIL, including the extension of British military operations to Syria. The Vimy Report provides

America’s retreat (1)

Dec 06, 2015
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Paul H. Chapin

The following is the first part of a two-part analysis of America’s retreat from world leadership and the emergence of new world leaders.  SYNOPSIS Part One: For three generations, the United States has been the political and military leader of the Western democracies. Under Obama, it has abandoned that vocation. Obama’s retreat wasn’t like Napoleon’s from Moscow in 1812, it was

ISIL — Good thing the UN Security Council is there to condemn it

Nov 23, 2015
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Vimy Intel Team

On November 20, the UN Security Council “determined” that the Islamic State (ISIL) constitutes an “unprecedented” threat to international peace and security; and it called on Member States to take “all necessary measures … to prevent and suppress ISIL’s terrorist acts”.  Resolution 2249 (2015), which “reaffirmed” 14 other previous resolutions on the same or related subjects, was originally sponsored by

US special operations forces in Syria still not operating in Syria

Nov 23, 2015
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Vimy Intel Team

On October 30, the Obama administration announced that the President had authorized “no more” than 50 special operations forces to be deployed to northern Syria in a “non-combat” role. The troops would help to coordinate the efforts of local forces fighting the Islamic State in Syria, such as the main Syrian Kurdish militia group, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), and

France is at war

Nov 18, 2015
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The Vimy Report

The speech by President François Hollande of France on November 16 is one that ranks with President George W. Bush’s post-9/11 address to a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001. Rarely have two statesmen so ill-inclined to be wartime leaders displayed such insight into their times and such resolve to master the enormous tasks they face. Regretably, Hollande’s

An inside look at the PM’s instructions to his minister of national defence

Nov 15, 2015
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The Vimy Report

In a sharp break with the past, the new Canadian government has publicly released what were once highly confidential “mandate letters” by which the Prime Minister issues his instructions to new Cabinet ministers. We attach below the links to three of particular interest to readers of The Vimy Report: letters to the ministers of national defence, public safety, and foreign

This is a first in the US. How about for Canada?

Nov 11, 2015
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Vimy Intel Team

The Pentagon’s principal spy organization is appointing a British Air Force officer as a deputy director.  This appears to be the first time a US spy agency has named a foreigner to a top executive position. In an official announcement, the Pentagon said that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) had chosen Air Vice Marshal Sean Corbett of Britain’s Royal Air Force

The one thing Canada’s veterans really need

Nov 08, 2015
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Paul H. Chapin

The new Liberal government has promised several measures to aid Canada’s veterans.  What’s been proposed can be summarized as follows: Lifelong pensions as an option for injured veterans and an incresae in the value of the disability award. Injured veterans will be provided with 90 percent of their pre-release salary indexed to inflation. A new Veterans Education Benefit to provide

Lest we forget: The Canadian POWs murdered in Normandy

Nov 08, 2015
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The Vimy Report

The following is a reprint of an article entitled Abbaye d’Ardenne, one in a series on Canadian war memorials in France available on the website of Veterans Affairs Canada: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/overseas/second-world-war/france/ardenne ___________________ As many as 156 Canadian prisoners of war are believed to have been executed by the 12th SS Panzer Division (the Hitler Youth) in the days and weeks following

Who will watch the watchers? The need for intelligence accountability.

Nov 06, 2015
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Kurt F. Jensen

The following is the text of a presentation “Intelligence Accountability” given by Dr. Kurt Jensen at the annual Canadian Military Intelligence Conference (CANIC 2015) in Ottawa on October 30, 2015.  Canada has not done well on intelligence accountability over the past decade. Accountability structures have withered. The CSIS Inspector General was done away with to save lunch money. SIRC and the