Mark Collins – PM Justin Trudeau Makes Foreign Policy’s “leading global thinkers of 2016”

13 Dec

I guess the world does need more Canada; who’d a thunk him, eh?  The prime minister is in “the decision-makers”.  I didn’t notice any Canadians in the other categories. Mark…

Source: Mark Collins – PM Justin Trudeau Makes Foreign Policy’s “leading global thinkers of 2016”

Mark Collins – SNAFU, or, Canadian Defence Procurement

13 Dec

The start and end of a book review by Matthew Fisher, a rare Canadian journalist who is actually interested in matters military and has a real understanding of them–and note the deleterious r…

Source: Mark Collins – SNAFU, or, Canadian Defence Procurement

Mark Collins – Sublime Erdogan the Magnificent vs the Kurds (plus ISIS/Syria)

12 Dec

This murderous terrorism, Istanbul bombing: Terror attack death toll rises to 38 including 30 police as officials accuse PKK PKK blamed for attack which is the latest in an escalating scale of viol…

Source: Mark Collins – Sublime Erdogan the Magnificent vs the Kurds (plus ISIS/Syria)

Mark Collins – The Foreign Office in 1985 (and the Trans-Siberian)

12 Dec

The start of a piece by Simon Winchester in the NY Times Book Review: Thirty-one years ago, while on a railway journey between London and Hong Kong, I stopped off in Mongolia and to a briefly illus…

Source: Mark Collins – The Foreign Office in 1985 (and the Trans-Siberian)

Mark Collins – Trump, Russia, NATO and…German Nukes?

12 Dec

Possible disturbing fall-out (pun intended) from The Donald’s election–guess how the Russkies would react to the prospect of Germans with their own, not dual-key American, nuclear weapo…

Source: Mark Collins – Trump, Russia, NATO and…German Nukes?

Mark Collins – Seaspan at Work: RCN JSSs Still Sliding Right (CCG icebreaker not for now)

12 Dec

The story: Federal shipbuilding program suffers delays Reports reveal construction of supply ships, polar icebreak is behind schedule. The federal shipbuilding program has hit another setback, as g…

Source: Mark Collins – Seaspan at Work: RCN JSSs Still Sliding Right (CCG icebreaker not for now)

Mark Collins – “Slow Erosion of Military History” (in Canada)

12 Dec

A post of mine at Milnet.ca–scroll up for context. Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

Source: Mark Collins – “Slow Erosion of Military History” (in Canada)

Mark Collins – Canadian Government’s Crisis Ops Centre Sucks

12 Dec

No other way to put it, note main software UNCLASS only. The previous Conservative money wouldn’t put needed money into a core federal responsibility; will the current Liberal one? Government…

Source: Mark Collins – Canadian Government’s Crisis Ops Centre Sucks

Mark Collins – We Have a Winner! RCAF Fixed-Wing SAR: 16 Airbus C295W for $2.4B

8 Dec

Initial cost, after a twelve-year process! Further to this post, New RCAF Fixed-Wing SAR Plane Choice Real Soon? a deal at long-last done (note at end of post additional refueling, transport roles …

Source: Mark Collins – We Have a Winner! RCAF Fixed-Wing SAR: 16 Airbus C295W for $2.4B

Mark Collins – South China Sea Update: Vietnam Building; Philippines Smacking US

8 Dec

Two stories: 1) Exclusive: Risking Beijing’s ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef … 2) Manila says will not help US on patrols in South China Sea So the US and Vietnam a…

Source: Mark Collins – South China Sea Update: Vietnam Building; Philippines Smacking US