Dec 07

Further to this post (which also makes comparisons with the USN), more on Tom Ricks‘ new book at the NY Times Book Review:

Bureaucrats in Uniform

PhotoQuest/Getty Images
Gen. George C. Marshall, seated at center, with members of his general staff, November 1941.

THE GENERALS
American Military Command From World War II to […]

Nov 11

From iPolitics:

After nearly a decade of Canadian military commitment to war, counterinsurgency and stability operations in Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere, in 2010 the Canadian government initiated a shift in its national security and economic policies that ultimately would lead to a significant contraction in defence funding.
One of the first steps the […]

Oct 19

1) Further to this post just over a year ago, the Company wants to spread its lethal (and other) wings

CIA seeks to expand drone fleet, officials say
The CIA is urging the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency’s fleet of armed drones, a move that would extend […]

Aug 27

From The Ottawa Citizen
In the last decade, Afghanistan and Haiti have been the two largest recipients of Canadian official development assistance (ODA), receiving more than the traditionally large recipients of Canadian aid of the 1990s such as Bangladesh and China. Key reasons for this transformation in Canadian priorities were the […]

Aug 03

Sir Humphrey at Thin Pinstriped Line :

An Olympian Task – the MOD and the Olympics
…The point of this piece though is to look at some of the wider implications for the Armed Forces of the Olympic commitment, and see what this means in the medium term…
One reason this has worked…has been […]

Jun 25

A terrible, but not exceptional, irony, from the NY Times Book Review:

‘Were We All People?’
‘The Auschwitz Volunteer,’ by Witold Pilecki
One man volunteered for Ausch­witz, and now we have his story. In September 1940 the 39-year-old Polish cavalry officer Witold Pilecki deliberately walked into a German roundup in Warsaw, and was sent […]

Jun 15

First the actual:
1) U.S. Bolsters Ties to Fighters in Syria
CIA Helping With Logistics but Not Arms, Officials Say
U.S. intelligence operatives and diplomats have stepped up their contacts with Syrian rebels in part to help organize their burgeoning military operations against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, according to senior U.S. officials.
As […]

Jun 04

It seems almost certain that the current CDS, General Walt Natynczyk, will be stepping down soon. This story speculates on his successor:

Hunt nears for country’s next top soldier [should be “top officer” actually]
Some discussion at Milnet.ca, and a post of mine from October 2011:
CF Transformation/Rising Rings, or, […]

May 14

Further to all the sorry stuff in this post,

Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships Put on Ice (and other things too)
More dismal news about super-sluggishness from DND’s Report on Plans and Priorities 2012-2013, “Supplementary Tables: Status Report on Transformational and Major Crown Projects” (remember a lot of the dates below are not […]

May 14

Further to this post,

Looks Like Lt.-Gen. (ret’d) Leslie Has Won a Major CF “Transformation” Battle
DND’s May 11 News Release–note this: “a focus on domestic operations“:
Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, is pleased to announce a new Operational Command and Control structure for all Canadian Forces (CF) […]