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Editorials & Opinions  Commentary by CASR Staff & Guests

New Page: (Nov 2015) NASP: Expanding the National Aerial Surveillance Program fleet

New Page: (Oct 2015) Government responsibility and rebuilding the Royal Canadian Navy

New Page: (Sept 2015)  Rebuilding the Royal Canadian Navy  –  Let's start with Corvettes

New Page: (Aug 2015)  Australia fills 'gap' with OPVs as recommended  by RAND report

Past Page: (July 2015)  A new Cyclone role to continue Canadian Naval Aviation tradition?

Past Page: (Apr 2015) AOPS and the Danes' semi-completed Knud Rasmussen class OPV
Past Page: (March 2015) Twin Options for Twin Otters – Simple Solutions are often Best

Past Page: (March 2015) A Veteran's suggested changes to VAC Policies and Procedures
Past 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

A Modest Proposal  – Alternatives to Conventional Procurement

New Page: (Nov 2015) Layered Approach to Canada's Aerial SAR System: NASP Dash 8s
Modifying National Aerial Surveillance Program Dash 8 aircraft for maritime 'Search' duties.

New Page:  (Oct 2015) Floating an Idea – the Mexeflote modular powered raft for Canada?
A CASR reader recommends Mexeflote rafts for amphibious operations and disaster relief.

New Page:  (Oct 2015) Interim Supply Ship: A permamant gap-filling for AOR shortfall?
Steve Daly suggests alternative ownership for Davie's proposed cargo ship conversion.

New Page:  (Oct 2015) Next Generation Fighter: Canada-Denmark Eurofighter joint buy?
Jim Dorschner  proposes a joint Typhoon acquisition as an alternative  to the F-35 program.

Past 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

Past 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

Past 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: FWSAR Project  Interim Solution – Rescue
Past Page: (June 2014) Search then Rescue: FWSAR Project  Interim Solution – Search

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.

CASR  In Detail  Security, Defence Issues & Procurement in Depth

New Page: (Oct 2015) Royal Canadian Navy's  corvette heritage and  the current realities

New Page: (Sept 2015) Series - Foreign Offshore Patrol Vessels: Comparisons & lessons

New Page: (Sept 2015) Irish OPVs: Proven STX PV80 design updated as Babcock's PV90

New Page: (Sept 2015) New Zealand OPVs: Planning/Procurement lessons for the RCN?

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

Past 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: (Sept 2015)  Fleet Pacific MCDVs took part in annual Arctic military exercise

New Page: (July 2015)  With a little help from our friends – Chile leases the RCN an AOR
New Page: (July 2015)  With a little help from our friends – Spain leases the RCN an AOR

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

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

Past Page: (April 2015) Delivery of  Denmark's third Knud Rasmussen class Arctic OPV
Past Page: (Mar 2015) Another Request for Proposals  for a 13-year-old  FWSAR Project
Past Page: (Feb 2015) Cargo Hook and Onboard Weighing Systems for the CCG Bell 429

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

Aerospace Industry  Canadian Aircraft & the Aerospace Industry

New Page: (Aug 2015)  Ex-military transports into waterbombers to fill the air tanker gap

New Page: (July 2015)  Fighting forest fires from the air:  Size matters for waterbombers

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

Past 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.

Background Bulletins  DND Projects and Military Technology

New Page: (Oct 2015)  Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment: Supply ships and interim AORs

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

New Page: (July 2015)  New Canadian Ranger Rifle Project – Replacing the Lee-Enfields

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

Past 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

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

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

New Page (June 2015) Russian UAVs: Russia's strategic reconnaissance UAVs & UCAVs
Soviet scale gives way to more realistic Russian strategic recce and combat drone programs.

Past 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 2014 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.

Strategic Overviews  Canada's key strategic challenges in review

Past 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

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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