As the centenary of the First World War draws to a close, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of Defence have stepped up their programs of remembrance. Commemoration is a political act that signals to partners and competitors that Canada remembers its past military successes engages with its heritage, and is ready to serve again in the future if necessary.
Canada’s relationship with the F-35 Lightning II Joint-Strike Fighter is a long and complicated one. In this article, Justin Dell provides an overview of this chapter in the history of Canadian military procurement, underscores some of the implications of Canada’s actions towards this weapons program, and argues that the Canadian government has made the wrong decision in turning its back on the aircraft.
Efficient mental-health programs can have a significant impact on the psychological well-being of soldiers. In this article, Stephanie Gomes provides a more thorough explanation of these programs, while also encouraging more efforts to be made on the part of the Department of National Defence as well as Canadians.
The recently-signed Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea has the potential for far-reaching effects, both in the region and throughout Europe. The way this decades-old dispute was solved With security, energy, legal and economic issues at play, it is important to understand what has been resolved, and what is still at stake.
In his latest article, Graham Trusler discusses Operation IMPACT and Canadian peacekeeping efforts in Iraq.
Brigadier-General Greg Smith and his staff in Belgium agreed to discuss Canada’s role in NATO, NATO’s institutional structure, and Canada’s place in the world with Isabelle Ava-Pointon.
In her most recent article, Isabelle-Ava Pointon discusses bilingualism in the Canadian Armed Forces. With increased legislation and heightened cultural significance, bilingualism within the CAF appears to be increasing. Despite this, barriers still remain towards achieving a completely bilingual military.