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In light of the government’s Defence Policy Review (DPR), the CDA Institute is pleased to present a curated selection of commentaries, analyses, and op-eds, which provide some much needed context and insight on Canadian security and defence issues.

This material recently appeared in our publications and on our Blog: The Forum, or was written elsewhere by individuals affiliated with the Institute. We also will be posting relevant material/information from the government on the DPR.  In addition, we also plan on posting more historical material from our archives, exploring what the CDA Institute had contributed to previous defence reviews.

**This page is frequently updated**

DOCUMENTS ON 2016-2017 DPR

Defence Policy Review – website

DPR Roundtable – Vancouver (April 27), Toronto (May 20), Yellowknife (May 24), Edmonton (June 4), Montreal (June 27) – written statements  by panalists are available here

Brief from the Military Family Resource Centres (English, French), submitted to the Department of National Defence as part of the DPR public consultation process

CDA INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS

Vimy Paper 34: “The Strategic Outlook for Canada: Strategy and Mission After the Defence Policy Review” (PDF) 

Vimy Paper 31: “Canada, NORAD, and Missile Defence: Prospects for Canadian Participation in BMD” (PDF) by David McDonough

 CDA Institute Analyses:

ON TRACK (Winter 2015/2016) (PDF). Articles that offer useful input as the government undertakes its defence policy review include:

CDA Institute Analysis – “Take a Long Term View of National Defence – Part 2: Advice for Members of Canada’s 42nd Parliament” (PDF): In a follow-?on paper to a CDA Institute Analysis published in September 2015, CDA Institute Research Fellow Chuck Davies explores how political parties should approach defence and security policy in their election paltforms.

CDA Institute Analysis – “Procurement Challenges for the New Government: Assessing Liberal Defence Promises” (PDF): CDA Institute Research Manager and Senior Editor David McDonough explores the short– and long-?term defence challenges facing the new Liberal government, from capital shortfalls to naval recapitalization, and assesses the Liberal promises to fix these problems.

ON TRACK (Fall 2015) (PDF). Articles that offer useful input as the government undertakes its defence policy review include:

“Making a Canadian National Security Strategy” (PDF), by Dr. Peter Layton, ON TRACK (Summer 2015)

CDA INSTITUTE BLOG: THE FORUM 

NATO: There’s more to burden sharing than 2 percent: CDA Institute guest contributor Chris Kilford, a Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University, offers his analysis and insight into the complicated area of defence budgeting and allocation.

Reviewing Canada’s Arctic Capability: Suggestions for the Defence Policy Review: CDA Institute guest contributor Adam Lajeunesse, a post-?doctoral fellow at St. Jerome University, offers suggestions on how the government can approach the Arctic in the context of the Defence Policy Review.

Toronto DPR: Putting policy before politics: CDA Institute Analyst Geoff Tasker offers an analytical survey of what was discussed at the government’s DPR-?focused roundtable in Toronto.

A Mixed Fighter Fleet for Canada? Super Hornets, F-?35s, and the challenge of comparisons: CDA Institute guest contributor Peter Layton, a Visiting Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute in Queensland Australia, offers his thoughts on Canada’s potential plan to acquire Super Hornets as a bridging capability.

The Case to Merge VAC and DND: CDA Institute Analyst Ryan Olshansky makes the case to merge Veteran Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence.

Super Hornets and the F-35 Lightning II: Lessons from Denmark: CDA Institute Research Fellow Richard Shimooka wrote an opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen’s Defence Watch commenting on the government’s apparent plan to purchase Super Hornets as an interim measure. We are pleased to have permission to reprint the piece on our Blog: The Forum.

Defence Policy Review: Will it confirm old assumptions and existing resourcing and evaporate, or not: CDA Institute Board Member Ferry de Kerckhove recently wrote a piece on the Defence Policy Review in The Hill Times. We are pleased to have permission to repost the article on our Blog: The Forum.

Building on a Foundation of Experience: Protecting our Sovereignty: CDA Institute Board Member MGen David Fraser (Ret’d) recently presented at the government’s official Defence Policy Review roundtable in Toronto. We are pleased to present an edited version of his written statement on our Blog: The Forum.

Partners for Peace: Assessing Canada’s return to peacekeeping: CDA Institute Analyst Geoff Tasker recently attended the Partners for Peace seminar held at the University of Ottawa on 17 May 2016. The following post takes a look at what was discussed at the event and assesses the challenges facing Canada’s return to peacekeeping.

“CDA & CDA Institute Special Event – Defence Policy Review” – Written Statement by Charles Davies: The CDA and CDA Institute hosted a Defence Policy Review special event on May 11, 2016. The following is CDA Institute Research Fellow Charles Davies’s written statement, titled “Perspectives on Developing Defence Policy.”

Step One: Define the Defence Problem: CDA Institute Research Fellow Jim Cox offers his thoughts on first steps on how Canada should formulate its defence policy.

“CDA & CDA Institute Special Event – Defence Policy Review” – Opening Remarks by Kim Richard Nossal: The CDA and CDA Institute hosted a Defence Policy Review special event on May 11, 2016. The following is Kim Richard Nossal’s opening remarks.

Defence Policy Review: Broad Overhaul or Strategic Investment?: CDA Institute Analysts Geoff Tasker and Oksana Drozdova explore what was discussed at the Defence Policy Review (DPR) Roundtable in Vancouver and its relation to the larger debate on Canadian defence policy.

Would the U.S. shield us from a missile strike? Maybe not: CDA Institute Research Manager and Senior Editor David McDonough wrote an op-?ed in iPolitics exploring the prospect for Canadian participation in missile defence, based on his recently released Vimy Paper.

Canada’s Defence Policy Review: Looking forward rather than mythologising the past: CDA Institute guest contributor Zachary Wolfraim, a PhD candidate at King’s College London, warns against mythologizing the past in Canada’s defence policy review.

Fortress Canada: How much of a military do we really need? CDA Institute Research Manager and Senior Editor David McDonough and CEO Tony Battista have an op-?ed in iPolitics exploring Canadian defence requirements and possible trade-?offs. We are pleased to have permission to repost the op-?ed on our Blog.

Vimy Ridge: A Legacy for the Canadian Armed Forces: CDA Institute Research Fellow Richard Shimooka explores what Canada’s experience at Vimy Ridge can tell us about its future military role.

Australia’s Defence White Paper: What’s in it for Canada? CDA Institute guest contributor John Blaxland, senior fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, looks at the lessons Australia’s Defence White Paper for Canada.

The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy: An Assessment: CDA Institute guest contributor Tom Ring, a Senior Fellow at uOttawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, comments on some of the challenges facing the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

Thinking About Strategic Posture Options: Dutch lessons for Canada? CDA Institute guest contributor Srdjan Vucetic, an associate professor at the University of Ottawa, looks at what lessons Canada could learn from the Netherlands as it proceeds with its defence policy review.

Arctic Ports for Canadian Seapower – Part 1 and Part 2: CDA Institute guest contributor Timothy Choi, a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies in Calgary, explores the possible role of Arctic ports in facilitating Canadian seapower.

Arms to Saudi Arabia: No Happy Solution: CDA Institute Advisory Council member Richard Cohen explores some of the issues surrounding Canada’s decision to sell military equipment to Saudi Arabia.

Budget 2016 – Overview of security & defence-related commitments: CDA Institute Research Fellow Chuck Davies and Research Manager and Senior Editor David McDonough provide a brief summary of the security and defence-?related funding commitments in the 2016 federal budget.

Canada and Contemporary Peacekeeping Operations: CDA Institute Research Fellow Michael Cessford looks at the complicated nature of contemporary peacekeeping operations, in light of the government’s renewed commitment to such missions.

“Canada is Back” – Part 2: Trudeau and the Use of Force: CDA Institute guest contributor Kim Richard Nossal, professor of political studies at Queen’s University, comments on the new government and its view on the use of force. This is Part 2 of a two-?part series.

“Canada is Back” – Part 1: Trudeau and Foreign Policy: CDA Institute guest contributor Kim Richard Nossal, professor of political studies at Queen’s University, looks at how the new Liberal government approaches foreign policy and non-?partisanship. This is Part 1 of a two-?part series.

Canada’s Interests and Alliance Commitments in the Fight against the Islamic State: CDA Institute guest contributor Alexander Moens, a professor at Simon Fraser University, looks at Canada’s role in the anti-?IS coalition and the possible role of NATO.

Canadian Intelligence Accountability: CDA Institute guest contributor Kurt Jensen, a retired as Deputy Director of Foreign Intelligence, explores the question of accountability in intelligence activities.

Waiting for a Credible Strategy: CDA Institute guest contributor Brigadier-?General Dr. Jim Cox (Ret’d), a Senior Fellow at the MacDonald-?Laurier Institute, offers some thoughts on a government strategy to deal with the so-?called Islamic State.

Prospects and Pitfalls for National Defence: Turning the Liberal Party Election Platform into Policy: CDA Institute Research Fellow Chuck Davies examines some of the challenges facing the new Liberal government in turning its election platform on defence into government policy.

That Sinking Feeling: Inflation and the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy: CDA Institute guest contributor Ryan Dean, a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary, offers a reminder on the dangers of inflation in Canada’s defence procurement efforts.

Canada’s Future Airpower after the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: CDA Institute guest contributor Malcolm Davis, a post-?doctoral research fellow at Bond University in Australia, looks at what Australia’s plans to acquire the F-?35 can tell us about Canada’s decision to withdraw from the program.

F-35 vs. Super Hornet: CDA Institute guest contributor Jeff Collins, a doctoral candidate at Carleton University, compares the capabilities of the F-35 and Super Hornet, in light of the Liberal Party’s recently released defence platform.

Let’s Talk Defence: Shifting the discussion on defence in Canada: CDA Institute guest contributor Robert Burroughs, an MA student at uOttawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affair, advocates shifting the discussion on defence policy away from platforms to one that addresses what we actually want our military to do.

The Liberal Party Commitment on Defence: “Zero F-35s”: CDA Institute Research Fellow Chuck Davies examines the Liberal Party’s proposal to cut Canada’s involvement in the F-35 program.

IN THE NEWS

Would the U.S. shield us from a missile strike? Maybe not, iPolitics, by CDA Institute Research Manager and Senior Editor David McDonough

Fortress Canada: How much of a military do we really need?iPolitics, by CDA Institute Research Manager and Senior Editor David McDonough and CEO Tony Battista

Boosting UN peace operations: Proceed with caution, The Embassy, by CDA Institute Research Manager and Senior Editor David McDonough

The unsustainable status quo, Policy Options, by CDA Institute Research Manager and Senior Editor David McDonough

Forecast defence requirements first, Policy Options, by CDA Institute Research Fellow Chuck Davies

Canadian Armed Forces Reserves for the 21st Century, Security Matters, by CDA Institute Research Fellow Howard Coombs

Canada’s Quest for a New Foreign and Defence Policy and the Relevance of NATO?, Security Matters, by CDA Institute Board Member Ferry de Kerkchove

DEFENCE WHITE PAPERS FROM KEY ALLIES

France – White Paper on Defence and National Security (2013)

United States – Quadrenniel Defense Review (2014)

United Kingdom – National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review (2015)

Australia – Defence White Paper (2016)

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