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Recent content by Edward Campbell

  1. Edward Campbell

    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    I beg to differ ... I was in the room, I was a senior staff officer to RAdm Ed Healy, then Chief of Engineering and Maintenance - responsible for all military equipment, when we were told to buy the MCDVs. They became reserve training vessels AFTER the decision was taken.
  2. Edward Campbell

    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    Just a couple of observations. 1. The MCDVs were built for one purpose only: to save a shipyard. The Navy got 'em 'cause there was no one else. They have done yeoman service. 2. As my friend dataperson says, a few posts above, they are much cheaper to operate than a CPF or an HDW class ship -...
  3. Edward Campbell

    Canadian Health Care System

    This was, I hasten to point out, several years ago, but when (after I retired) I was undergoing some innovative treatment for a fairly serious problem the specialists and my GP, a firm believer in our national health care system, really wanted to see some images, like once a week or so. My GP...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    Very interesting article in Foreign Affairs - I'm not going to quote it at length, your library should subscribe, if it doesn't then tell your local mayor or base commander that you need a new, competent librarian. Here is they key point: "... there will be a strong temptation to downgrade...
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    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    Which is precisely what the government-of-the-day - any government, any day - doesn't want.
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    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    The downtown Ottawa residents include four largeish groups (I'm using the condo in which I live - two blocks from one of the main protest "parking lots" - as an example for the first three groups - the fourth group lives across the street from us: Seniors who have downsized and live in the...
  7. Edward Campbell

    Haitian leaders must all agree before Canada would lead a potential military intervention, Trudeau says

    Even if we had three full strength battalions of VanDoos (and three more battalions of, say, Les Volitgeurs, and two fully equipped regiments of main battle tanks and a a full-up, properly equipped and trained ISTAR regiment and a full strength 4 battery regiment of artillery and a couple of...
  8. Edward Campbell

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    A few, actually quite a few, years ago an acquaintance, a former very senior official, who was well paid (by governments (not just ours) and foundations) to think both this sort of thing, said that Haiti would need three generations of colonial rule - trusteeship, he said - to be ready to assume...
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    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    "Canada, a country with a long history of involvement in Haiti, is the top candidate and favored by the United States, but Ottawa is weighing the operational risks of fighting an enemy embedded in civilian communities, as well as the challenges of doing so in a fraught political environment."...
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  11. Edward Campbell

    A Deeply Fractured US

    The "fractures" in the USA are, partially, regional (blue vs red states) and John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe ands Mail suggests that they are present in Canada, too, and growing in intensity : "Western disillusion with Liberal governments in Ottawa stretches back to the 1950s. But Mr...
  12. Edward Campbell

    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    Another lengthy but very useful read in Foreign Affairs - you local library should subscribe to Foreign Affairs, if you don't. If you library doesn't then complain loud and long to the base commander or mayor or whoever - a library that doesn't subscribe is not with the name. Anyway the key...
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    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    This, from Reuters in there Globe and Mail, is worth a read. China is NOT collapsing; it is still a formidable economy and a great power by most measures. BUT: China is stagnating. Neighbours, especially Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are eating China's lunch, so to...