LATEST

Security & Intelligence

Thinking About Canada’s Security and Defence

Jan 04, 2016
Comments off
607 Views
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

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

Nov 11, 2015
Comments off
634 Views
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

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

Nov 06, 2015
Comments off
570 Views
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

At Foreign Affairs, they don’t think much of CSIS

Jul 22, 2015
Comments off
713 Views
The Vimy Report

The legislation which grants Canada’s security agencies new legal powers to combat terrorism is now the law of the land. This hasn’t ended the fracas over it, but one thing the continuing controversy has done is shed light on what folks at Foreign Affairs think of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). Some, it seems, don’t think much of it.

Canada’s new legal tools to fight terrorism: Necessary? Reasonable? Too costly?

May 23, 2015
Comments off
806 Views
Paul H. Chapin

What to make of the government’s new anti-terrorism legislation, which has been approved by the House of Commons (183 to 96) and is now being considered by the Senate? The rationale the government has offered for Bill C-51 seems sensible enough: to provide Canada’s security services with what amount to five new legal tools to fight terrorism. Yet the bill

5 Books for 2015 Current Events

Five books to explain the world in 2015

Sometimes it takes more than the morning paper and the evening news to understand what’s going on. Herewith five books The Vimy Report recommends to its readers to provide context for today’s fast moving events. Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties, by Paul Johnson, Harper Collins, 1991 There’s nothing like a good history of the last

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

Nov 26, 2014
839 Views
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

Intelligence

Are Canada’s intelligence agencies out of control?

Oct 30, 2014
1,163 Views
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

Germany Spying Five Eyes

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

Jul 29, 2014
662 Views
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

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

What does U.S. intelligence know in the aftermath of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17? Not much

According to a recent report, senior U.S. intelligence officials were completely in the dark and continue to be so. Other than a quite-obvious observation that providing arms to pro-Russian rebels in the Ukraine has created the conditions for such a tragedy, intelligence personnel don’t have much else. What they do know: the kind of missile (SA-11 surface-to-air) the attack originated