Defense

Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline 2020-2022

Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline 2020-2022

June 15, 2022 at 12:34 pm

I last updated my Vice-Admiral Mark Norman/National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) timeline back in 2019, but developments these past two weeks have motivated me to revisit it. Norman, you will recall, was the Canadian naval officer charged with one count of breach of trust for: …leaking cabinet secrets in relation toRead More

Top (Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomes Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Norman for an office call at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger/Released)
Bottom: Bottom: MS Asterix naval replenishment ship, post-conversion.

Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline 2004-2019

June 15, 2022 at 12:32 pm

Editor’s Note: I’ve added new items to the timeline below, but my real update can be found in this new article, for which I’ve written a new introduction. Rather than repeat myself, I thought I’d let the old intro stand because it still serves a purpose: it explains why IRead More

Public domain photos of F35A (US Air Force, 2021) and the Bluenose (Wallace R. MacAskill, 1921)

Who Will Know the F-35 in the Sun?

April 6, 2022 at 10:53 am

More than 100 years after shipyard workers in Lunenburg, N.S., shaped wood and metal to build the Bluenose schooner, the tradition of local, hand-built excellence lives on. But now, instead of fishing boats, it’s fighter jets — Brett Ruskin, CBC, 6 April 2022   It’s such an apt comparison. LikeRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 15, 2020 at 12:41 pm

Canderel abandons SHIP? Has Canderel, the Montreal-based real estate development firm founded by Jonathan Wener, cut its ties with Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP), the firm with the “exclusive” contract to promote a Port of Sydney container terminal? Wener is no longer listed on the “leadership” page of the NovaporteRead More

Canada’s Kingston-class Jack-of-all-Trades Vessels

Canada’s Kingston-class Jack-of-all-Trades Vessels

June 24, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Canadian naval historian Marc Milner says the need for the ships that became the HMCS Kingston-class vessels was identified in the 1970s — the Navy wanted to re-establish its minesweeping capabilities and provide training to reservists — but the order to build what would become the MCDVs didn’t materialize untilRead More

War & Sports (Part I)

War & Sports (Part I)

November 13, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Editor’s Note: This started out as an article about Don Cherry getting fired and turned into an exploration of the militarization of professional sports. You can read Part II here.   It hadn’t occurred to me to write about Don Cherry’s firing — I tend to avoid issues that areRead More

War & Sports (Part II)

War & Sports (Part II)

November 13, 2019 at 12:56 pm

Editor’s Note: This is Part II of what started out as an article about Don Cherry getting fired and turned into an exploration of the militarization of professional sports. You can read Part I here.   Back in 2015, this relationship between the military and professional sports was the subjectRead More

The USS Bainbridge shown conducting a missile exercise. (US Navy photo, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Canada and the Great Missile Defense Temptation

October 4, 2017 at 1:40 pm

The recent dramatic spike in tensions on the Korean Peninsula has sparked fresh calls for Canada to join the American Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system. Proponents of the system claim it can either intercept and destroy a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking North America – a dreadRead More

CBRM Council: Short Takes on Random Agenda Items

CBRM Council: Short Takes on Random Agenda Items

September 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Here are some other items from last night’s Cape Breton Regional Council meeting that you might find of interest:   The Mayor Gets Political Cape Breton University (CBU) interim president Dale Keefe and vice president of finance and operations Gordon MacInnis presented to council on the past, present and futureRead More

Kim Jong-un briefed by generals. (Image released by North Korean state news agency)

High Noon on the Korean Peninsula?

September 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

At noon local time, September 3, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, an estimated 100-120 kiloton detonation – seven or eight times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima – of what it claimed was a two-stage (fission-fusion) thermonuclear hydrogen warhead small enough to fit in the coneRead More