“…to find solutions, we have to be able to take into account what others perceive as their legitimate security concerns,” said Peggy Mason, President of the Rideau Institute.
The Harper government’s hiring freeze has delayed the purchase of new search-and-rescue aircraft.
The Philippines will spend more than $100 million purchasing eight Bell 412 helicopters from Canada, the first of which will be delivered next year.
The Conservative government’s drive to expand Canada’s arms industry is drawing on diplomats, government trade representatives, and senior ministers to aid Canadian companies as they aggressively pursue military exports to unsavoury regimes.
A number of Canadian defence analysts are advocating that the Royal Canadian Navy shift its focus from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean to counter the growing power of China’s naval forces.
Steven Staples says the debate over German drones in Europe raise significant unease about drone safety in Canada. “It’s one thing to be flying a drone over the desert in Afghanistan but it’s something else to fly them over Ottawa or Toronto,” said Staples, adding that a deficiency in civilian safety oversight may result in accidents in the future.