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Military Op-Eds

Ottawa Citizen - November 22, 2014
"Stealth cuts undermine transparency"

NationalNewswatch - August 25, 2014
"China: First the money. Now the muscle"

Ottawa Citizen - July 31, 2014
Canada doesn't have the military to back up its foreign policy 

The National Post - September 16, 2013
"The Case for Missile Defence"

The National Post - May 27, 2013
"A lot of money for unecessary ships"

The National Post - May 13, 2013
"Canada's search-and-rescue dodge"

National Post - August 30, 2012
Sailing on Five Football Fields of Noise and Power

A detailed account of a trip aboard the largest super-carrier in the world, the USS-Nimitz (CVN-68) and why these floating behemoths are important to global security and stability.

National Post - April 23, 2012
Courage without capacity wont' cut it

A detailed look at the tragic death of Burton Winters; what went wrong and why we need to start making Search and Rescue in Canada more of a priority.

National Post - February 28, 2012
Why Canada Needs Drones

With the repeated and seemingly endless slew of delays to the f-35 order, here is why Canada's contingency plan should include the procurement of armed drones.

Ottawa Citizen - January 21, 2012
American Military Cutbacks: The Implications for Canada 

Discussing the implications of the US military cutbacks and what it could mean for Canada and the rest of the world.

Ottawa Citizen - November 12, 2011
Enough sunk costs, we need new subs

Discussing the troubled history of the Victoria-Class submarine program; how it began, where it is now and what we need to do to get subs back on our coasts.

National Post - September 20, 2011
No way to treat a great soldier

A comment on the media's portrayal of CDS Natynzyck and why his travel record should not be the issue that it is.

National Post - August 26, 2011
Save the Armed Forces. Sell its assets

In these times of austerity, PM Harper should take advantage of his new four year mandate and look to save money by cutting military infrastructure excess.

Toronto Star - August 17, 2011
A military name game

With funding cuts to all federal departments looming, why is the Harper government preoccupying themselves with such superficial and meaningless name changes?

Ottawa Citizen - July 11, 2011
We're throwing away a precious military resource

Why the Canadian Forces should be looking to retain our senior level officers and possible places where they could be of use.

National Post - June 13, 2011
Supporting the military doesn't mean supporting war

Much like Afghanistan, we have not heard clearly defined goals with regard to our participation in Libya. What is the end plan?

Calgary Herald - April 2, 2011
Help for injured vets comes five years too late

Examining the Harper government's track record on Veterans issues and why Bill C-55 isn't enough.

Toronto Star - November 21, 2010
We honour our war dead but skimp on our wounded

A comment on the neglectful government policies towards injured veterans despite Harper's campaign promises in 2006.

Esprit de Corps - July 2010
Fighter jets for our future: Time to sign on to the F-35

Breaking down the reasons why Canada should not delay and get on with the purchase of the F-35.

Ottawa Citizen - April 21, 2010
Just a fusillade of words

The Harper government should quit neglecting the Navy and put in motion plans for purchasing the equipment the Navy desperately needs.

 Ottawa Citizen - November 11, 2009
Remember the wounded as well: We can honour those whose lives are shattered in war by taking better care of them when they return

Discussing the dire situation that many wounded veterans find themselves in upon returning home and what needs to be done to help them help themselves.

Esprit de Corps - July 23, 2009
Small payback for those who give so much

Help support the troops by donating to the Military Families Fund.

Hill Times - May 25, 2009
Fix defence bureaucracy

How the bureaucratic process can be harmful to the military and troops on the ground and what needs to be done to fix it.

The Journal-Pioneer - May 21, 2009
Is military readiness a lost cause in Canada?

Three reasons why many politicians are hesitant to invest in the military in times of peace.

National Post - March 12, 2009
We need people

With the economy in dire need of job creation, and the Canadian Forces in need of recruits, why not kill two birds with one stone?

Ottawa Citizen - November 8, 2008
Don't touch defence spending; In tough times it's tempting to slash military budgets -- but that spending is a key to cross-border trade and prosperity at home

A few reasons why politicians should resist the temptation to cut defence budgets when times are tough.

Montreal Gazette - September 17, 2008
Protecting Canadians; Defence and security should be the Job 1 of a national government, but you won't hear much of these issues during the campaign

Why national security and defence never seem to permeate the campaign trail talking points.

National Post - August 18, 2008
We need people

Discussing Peter MacKay's reaction to the Senate Defence Committee's report calling for an infusion of money and troop in the armed forces.

Ottawa Citizen - August 8, 2008
Build Canada's ships in Canada; By using naval procurements domestically, the Canadian Forces can boost the economy

Canadian's need jobs, the Navy needs ships. An argument for domestic ship building in Canada.

Globe and Mail - June 10, 2008
Hillier and Harper: Our military badly needs repair

A look back at General Hillier's time as Chief of the Defence Staff and the state of the military as he prepares to hand over the reigns to General Natyncyzk.  

Toronto Star - May 16, 2008
Despite Harper's promises, Canadian Forces still lacking

A comment on why the attempted Montego Bay CanJet hijacking should serve as a reminder of the cracks in our own airport security, and why its not just passenger screening we should be worried about.

Hill Times - February 11, 2008
Our military needs ships: A case for building them here

Discussing the dire situation that many wounded veterans find themselves in upon returning home and what needs to be done to help them help themselves.

Frontline Magazine - January 2008
Any way you add up the dollars, Canada's military comes up short

Breaking down the reasons why Canada should not delay and get on with the purchase of the F-35.

Hamilton Spectator - December 17, 2007
Resources for military 'just not there'; Government 'clawbacks' are cutting into the muscle of the Canadian Forces

Examining the Harper government's track record on Veterans issues and why Bill C-55 isn't enough.

Calgary Herald - December 4, 2007
New ships will boost economy

A comment on why ship building in Canada is a great way out of our economic downturn.

Windsor Star - November 14, 2007
Military needs funding for inevitable surprises

How the bureaucratic process can be harmful to the military and troops on the ground and what needs to be done to fix it.

Ottawa Citizen - September 27, 2007
Any chopper is better than none

A few reasons why politicians should resist the temptation to cut defence budgets when times are tough.

Hill Times - August 5, 2007
Rejuvenating Canada's Armed Forces; For a start, let's be honest!

Much like Afghanistan, we have not heard clearly defined goals with regard to our participation in Libya. What is the end plan?

Calgary Herald - June 21, 2007
Need rescuing? Wait for a weekday!

A comment on the current state of Search and Rescue in Canada and why we can ill afford to skimp on this vital service.

Ottawa Citizen - May 31, 2007
We needed to start buying new ships years ago

Part 2 of 2

An in depth look at the ship procurement stategy of the Harper government.

Ottawa Citizen - May 30, 2007
A naval disaster; If any country needs a strong navy, its Canada
Part 1 of 2

An in depth look at the ship procurement stategy of the Harper government.

Montreal Gazette - May 5, 2007
Stephen Harper is a toy soldier; Our gung-ho PM talks a good game on the military, but he is quietly selling out it's future

A look back at General Hillier's time as Chief of the Defence Staff and the state of the military as he prepares to hand over the reigns to General Natyncyzk.  

Ottawa Citizen - February 5, 2007
Defending Canada on the cheap: Even the 'expensive' option to be presented by the military for new spending would leave our forces in worse shape than they are now

A first hand account of Afghanistan; what is being done, what needs to be done, and why it is important.

Montreal Gazette - October 16, 2006
Missile defence good for us: Canada should sign on to the U.S. BMD - it only makes sense

An indepth look at missile defence in North America and why its a good idea for us.

Ottawa Citizen - October 13, 2006
Ballistic Missile Defence: Our Fear of Americans Trumps Any Rational Canadian Approach to Survival

An indepth look at missile defence in North America and why its a good idea for us.

National Post - October 12, 2006
The Goose Bay Boondoggle

Examining military bases in Canada and a comment on a few that should go.

Calgary Herald - July 5, 2006
Military purchases just the start

A few reasons why politicians should resist the temptation to cut defence budgets when times are tough.

National Post - June 15, 2011
So many threats. So few officers

With the economy in dire need of job creation, and the Canadian Forces in need of recruits, why not kill two birds with one stone?

Windsor Star - March 6, 2006
It will take billions to fix a broken DND

Discussing the dire situation that many wounded veterans find themselves in upon returning home and what needs to be done to help them help themselves.

Ottawa Citizen - February 23, 2006
How to clean up our military mess

In these times of austerity, PM Harper should take advantage of his new four year mandate and look to save money by cutting military infrastructure excess.

The Hill Times - January 24, 2005
The Martin Government and the Military: Rejuvenation? Or Sleight of Hand

Breaking down Canada's military presence in Afghanistan and a greater commitment will need to be made for the Forces' foray into Kandahar.

Ottawa Citizen - February 12, 2005
Influence has a price

Discussing the cost of having a voice in the world.

The Charlottetown Gaurdian - February 15, 2005
What do Canadians want from their military? They should let us know

A plea to our political leadership to once and for all define for Canadians why we are in Afghanistan and what our goals are for the mission.

Ottawa Citizen - March 1, 2005
Harper sell out for seats in Quebec

Discussing Harper's Quebec strategy and why its hurting our military.

Ottawa Citizen - June 10, 2005
Lost in Afghanistan

An in depth look at the situation we're in, in Afghanistan.

Calgary Herald - October 4, 2005
All that's missing is the money

How a little money would really boost our war effort.

Ottawa Citizen - January 7, 2005
Buddy, can you spare a plane?

An in depth look at the jet procurement stategy of the Harper government.

The Toronto Star - October 29, 2003
Defending Canada’s Coastal Waters: The King Canute Approach

With the economy in dire need of job creation, and the Canadian Forces in need of recruits, why not kill two birds with one stone?

The Globe and Mail - October 29, 2003
Muddling Through National Crises: “Oh, Oh, What Do We Do Now?

A first hand account of Afghanistan; what is being done, what needs to be done, and why it is important.

The Globe and Mail - May 6, 2003
Like it or not, missile defence is good for Canada

An in depth look at why Canada needs missile defence.

The Globe and Mail - April 29, 2002
Let's warm up to this idea 

A plea to our political leadership to once and for all define for Canadians why we are in Afghanistan and what our goals are for the mission.

Starshell (Naval Officers Association of Canada Magazine) - April 1997
Underwater Legends

A lookback at Canada's Victoria class submarine purchase.  

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