Defence & Security

Canadian Navy

How Canada lost its blue water navy

Dec 02, 2014
The Vimy Report

Well. It’s finally official. With the announcement in September 2014 of the removal from service of four of Canada’s warships, the Royal Canadian Navy has confirmed Canada no longer has a fleet it can send to distant waters. “If we find ourselves in a situation where extended-range capability is required, we’re not going to be going anywhere by ourselves”, said

The Intelligence Enterprise: How prepared are the heads of our intelligence organizations?

Nov 26, 2014
Kurt F. Jensen

There was a report in The Economist in July that Canada’s intelligence analysts are pretty good. The article cited a study which found that intelligence reports prepared for the federal government were 94% accurate in their strategic forecasts. This is good news for everyone involved, from the “consumers” of intelligence such as political leaders and senior officials who often have

Defense Spending

Faraway wars and Canadian defence spending

Nov 26, 2014
Col. (ret) Brian S. MacDonald

For a brief moment about a year ago, Canadians could be forgiven for believing they could safely put aside their worries about the world. The international security situation still posed many problems, but the last of their troops were coming home from Afghanistan and there was no obvious reason why they should have to think about new military deployments to


Are Canada’s intelligence agencies out of control?

Oct 30, 2014
BGen (ret) Dr. James S. Cox

Introduction Canada’s intelligence agencies are regularly in the news for some failing or other, which critics decry as the beginning of the end of Canadians’ rights and freedoms. The agencies routinely respond that they are following the rules and are being closely monitored by independent review bodies, so there is nothing to worry about. What’s the truth here? The big


What if the F-35 is the right plane, at the right time, for the right price?

Oct 30, 2014
Paul H. Chapin

As the matter of Canada acquiring the F-35 fighter has become an election campaign issue, we are reproducing below a five-part series which first appeared in the Vimy Report in the fall of 2014.    ________________________ Introduction: What if the F-35 is the Right Plane, at the Right Time, for the Right Price? Part One: Why Canada Needs An Air Force

Canadian Veterans

Policy Memo: Canada’s social contract with its Afghanistan veterans

Oct 01, 2014
The Vimy Report

POLICY MEMO CANADA’S SOCIAL CONTRACT WITH ITS AFGHANISTAN WAR VETERANS ISSUE To ensure observance of the social contract between the people of Canada and their veterans. MAIN POINTS Canada’s Afghanistan war veterans do not believe they are getting the care they deserve and are demonstrating in cities and towns across the country. They have also launched a law suit against


Canada’s veterans are at war again, this time against the government

Jul 30, 2014
The Vimy Report

Canadians are used to thinking of their veterans as senior citizens, some in wheelchairs, others marching unsteadily in their regimental caps and medals on Remembrance Day. But these are the veterans of World War II and Korea. There is a whole new generation of veterans with experience in the Balkans and Afghanistan. They are much younger, there are a lot


Canadian man charged as terrorist

Jul 29, 2014
The Vimy Report

Hasibullah Yusufzai, 25, of Burnaby, B.C. has been charged under a new law forbidding terror-related travel. Yusufzai is believed to have left Canada in January 2014 to join Islamist fighters in Syria. This is the first instance of charges laid under a new part of the Canadian Criminal Code, making it a criminal offence to either leave or even attempt

Germany Spying Five Eyes

Germany to spy on U.S. and U.K. spying on Germany

Jul 29, 2014
The Vimy Report

Despite intelligence cooperation since the end of the Second World War, Germany will now begin surveillance of U.S. and U.K. activites on its own soil. Recently Germany has discovered several instances of monitoring from both allies within Germany, going so far as eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone. A sometimes-collaborator with the “Five Eyes” countries, Germany’s BND (their version

Terrorist threat travel advisory

Canadian Government may add terrorist threat level to travel advisories

Jul 23, 2014
The Vimy Report

While there already exists a website to provide travel advisories, the Department of Foreign Affairs does not believe it goes far enough. Artur Wilczynski, the department’s director general of international security and intelligence recently delivered a proposal to include risk levels for regions identified as those with high levels of terrorist activity. Wilczynski’s presentation to the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security targets tourists, relief workers,