CASR ~ Canadian American Strategic Review


Strategic Overviews  Canada's key strategic challenges in review

New Page: (May 2015)  Disaster Response – Public Safety Canada's 'HUSAR Initiative'
How Tory funding cuts turned 'nation-wide' HUSAR teams into a provincial responsibility.

Past Pages: (Jan 2014) CASR introduces a new section – Strategic Overviews.  Each article will take a concise look at threats to Canada's sovereignty and security in the 21st Century.

   •  Restore the funding for Canada's Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) teams?

   •  National Aerial  Surveillance Program – Transport Canada's NASP airborne patrol.

   •  Trilateral Treaty – Joint Jurisdiction over the North American side of  the Arctic?.

   •  Timeline: the Royal Canadian Air Force's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Project
   •  Timeline: the Joint Uninhabited Surveillance and Target Acquisition System Project
   •  Timeline: Canadian Defence Procurement Agencies – From 1939 to the Present Day

A Modest Proposal  – Alternatives to Conventional Procurement

New Page:  (April 2015) Scout & SOF – Bringing back the Light Observation Helicopter
Part Two – Scouts: Extending the current  GoC order for Bell 429s to gain economy of  scale

New Page: (Mar 2015)  Twin Otters for Twin Otters:  Buying 'new' makes financial sense
If the CC-138 Life Extension were replaced by 'new-build' Twin Otters, fresh options emerge

New Page:  (Jan 2015)   Buy 'Militarized' Bell 429 Helicopters for use on the new AOPS?
Extending the current  Government of  Canada order for Bell 429s to gain economy of  scale

Past Page: (Oct 2014) IMH: Interim Maritime Helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard?
Transferring available Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclones to enhance Polar Icebreaker's capabilities

Past Page: (Aug 2014) Search then Rescue:  An Interim Solution for the FWSAR Project
The Rescue Component: The second element in our Interim Solution to the FWSAR Project

Past Page: (June 2014) Search then Rescue:  An Interim Solution for the FWSAR Project
A decade later and  FWSAR is still  just a conceptual  transport with a tacked-on EO turret.

Past Page: (March 2014) Turning Interim Maritime Helicopters into Commando Cyclones
Jim Dorschner suggests turning IMH CH-148s into Special Operations Aviation helicopters.

Past Page: (March 2014) Next Generation Multi-Role Destroyer ... with a supply ship twist
Jim Dorschner recommends a role combo to widen the Canadian Surface Combatant project.

Editorials & Opinions  Commentary by CASR Staff & Guests

New Page: (Apr 2015) AOPS and the Danes' semi-completed Knud Rasmussen class OPV

New Page: (March 2015) Twin Options for Twin Otters – Simple Solutions are often Best
New Page: (March 2015) A Veteran's suggested changes to VAC Policies and Procedures
New Page: (Feb 2015) Wounded but undefeated: Continuing service for wounded warriors

Past Page: (Oct 2014) What's required for the CCG to protect BC's Coastal Environment?
Past Page: (Sept 2014) Turning Russia's Loss into a Mistral Bounty for NATO & Canada

Past Page: (July 2014) Two Fleets for FWSAR:  Specialization can be more Cost-Effective
Past Page: (July 2014) Bailing out Canada's National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy

Past Page (May 2014) A new Canadian Defence Procurement  Special Operating Agency
Past Page (Apr 2014) Strategic Resources, Economic Sanctions & Military Preparedness

Past Page (Feb 2014)  Dignity and Respect – Finding a place for wounded CAF Members
Past Page (Feb 2014)  Special Agency?  SAR volunteers save lives & serve our country

Arctic  Sovereignty  The Future of Canada's Claims in the Arctic

New Page (July 2015) Russian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Introduction to Russian UAVs
Introduction page to Russian drone programs which will also act as a Russian UAV index.

New Page (March 2015) Persistence of Vision: The key to asserting National Sovereignty
Steve Daly identifies the chokepoints along the Northwest Passage and suggests 'tripwires'

Past Page (Sept 2014) Canada's DRDC Researchers prepare for Future Arctic Operations
Military Researchers test rotary-wing UAV and UGVs in Joint Arctic Experiment index2014 Trials

Past Page (March 2014) Alaska supports plan to truck LNG from North Slope to Fairbanks
A case study in supplying liquefied natural gas in the Arctic.  By Bill White (edited excepts)

Past Page (March 2014)  Inuvik – Small-scale LNG makes in-roads in Canada's far north
Edited excepts from an article by Bill White from the US  Office of  the Federal Coordinator.

   •  Browse-by-Subject index to CASR's Arctic Sovereignty articles.




Background Bulletins  DND Projects and Military Technology

New Page: (July 2015)  New Canadian Ranger Rifle (NCRR)  –  the Sako Tikka T3 CTR

New Page: (June 2015)  Manned Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

New Page: (March 2015)  Re-Life: The RCAF CC-138 Twin Otter  Life Extension Project

Updated Page: (Mar 2014) Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project

Past Page: (Feb 2015)  DRDC's 'Smart Gun' and the Future Small Arm Research Project

Past Page: (March 2014) The Domestic and Arctic Mobility Enhancement (DAME) Project
Past Page: (March 2014)  Medium Marginal Terrain Vehicle replacement for Bv206 MOSV

Updated Page: (Jan 2014) Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone and the Maritime Helicopter Project

Aerospace Industry  Canadian Aircraft & the Aerospace Industry

New Page: (June 2015) Global 6000  base for Lockheed Martin/Raytheon USAF JSTARS

New Page: (Feb 2015) Bombardier Global Special Mission Aircraft: Recce, MPA, SigInt

Updated Page: (July 2014) Index:  Bombardier Dash 8/Q Series Special Missions aircraft

Updated: (Nov 2013) Maritime Surveillance Aircraft: Boeing selects the Challenger 605

Past Page: (July 2013)  Is there room for Global Express Maritime Surveillance Aircraft?

  •  Browse-by-Subject index to CASR's Aerospace Industry articles.

  •  Overview of  Canadian Forces  UAVS – Trials, Leases, and Procurement.

CASR  In Detail  Security, Defence Issues & Procurement in Depth

Updated Page: (May 2015)  Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Project Timeline

New Page: (December 2014) Canadian Surface Combatant – Recapitalization of the RCN

Past Page: (August 2014) A Browse-by-Subject index to the decade-old FWSAR Project

Updated Page: (Apr 2014)  Arctic SAR reality check: Cormorants and CC-177 airlifters

Updated Page: (Jan 2014)  Origins and development  of  the Maritime Helicopter Project

Government Documents  Procurement Docs & News Releases

New Page: (June 2015) The new Independent Review Panel for Defence Acquisition TOR

New Page: (May 2015) BC Government funding CAN TF1 Heavy Urban Search & Rescue
New Page: (May 2015) Easier said than done?  Trying to help Nepal after the earthquake

New Page: (April 2015) Delivery of  Denmark's third Knud Rasmussen class Arctic OPV

New Page: (Mar 2015) Another Request for Proposals  for a 13-year-old  FWSAR Project

New Page: (Feb 2015) Cargo Hook and Onboard Weighing Systems for the CCG Bell 429

Updated: (Oct 2014)  Manned  Intelligence, Surveillance and  Reconnaissance Platforms?

Past Page: (Oct 2014) Arctic Cooperation:  RCN meets Danish ice-resistant patrol vessel

Past Page: (Sept 2014) Russia re-opens a Cold War-era base on their Northern Sea Route

Past Page: (July 2014) Fixed-Wing Search & Rescue Aircraft Replacement LOI Revisions

Past Page: (Jan 2014) GoC to continue with CH-148 Cyclone Maritime Helicopter Project

Other Subject Areas –  Archived Sections from the CASR website

DND 101 New Page: (Sept 2014) Lockheed CC-130H Hercules and The CF in Afghanistan


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