Archive for the ‘Military Ethos’ Category
- New Pro-UKR Foreign Affairs Minister (on RUS Blacklist) “Trudeau Cabinet Shuffle: Chrystia Freeland Replaces Stephane Dion At Foreign Affairs” – “New Canadian foreign minister indeed under Russian sanctions – source in Russian Foreign Ministry” – “Canada’s support for Ukraine after appointment of new foreign minister will not change – ambassador” – “Russia Signals Sanctions On Canada’s Freeland Can Only Be Lifted Reciprocally” – “Experts divided on fallout of Freeland becoming foreign minister” – “Michael Den Tandt: Freeland is the closest thing Trudeau has to an expert on Kremlinology and Trumpism” – “Justin Trudeau’s redesigned cabinet”
- “US, Latvia to sign «status of forces» deal”
- “Russian propaganda unsuccessful in Latvia, says president”
- “Russia waging information war against Sweden, study finds”
- “Ukraine power cut ‘was cyber-attack’ “
- “Ukraine’s Plan to Manufacture US M16 Rifles Hits a Snag”
- “Savchenko Publishes ‘Prisoner’ Lists, Angering Ukrainian Authorities” – “Savchenko publishes redacted lists of Russian military servicemen, civilians convicted in Ukraine” – “Hostage lists published by Savchenko incorrect” – “Savchenko to cooperate with Security Service of Ukraine on issue of hostages’ release” – “Savchenko publishes list of hostages provided by LPR/DPR”
- “Ukrainian National Guard field medic captured in occupied Donetsk” – “Military unit of National Guardia-Azov arrested in DPR”
- Updates from All Sides “Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, based on information received as of 19:30, 9 January 2017” – UKR govt ATO map, 11 Jan 2017 – UKR govt ATO map, 10 Jan 2017 – “Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 10.01.2017” – “Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 11.01.2017” – “Ukraine reports 49 militant attacks in last day”
- “Ukrainian soldiers undergoing treatment in the Italian military hospital “Chelio” delegation of national defense department” (UKR MoD, in Ukrainian)
- Humanitarian Bits “East Ukraine: Surveyed Education Facilities in Need of Further Rehabilitation” (UNICEF) – “Humanitarian assistance, recovery and development need to go hand in hand” (UN Development Programme)
- “How Russian advances in the Arctic are leaving NATO behind”
- “Russia Deploys Air-Route Radar Complex Sopka-2 on Wrangel Island” – “Russia wants more control over Arctic airspace”
- “More than 300 Russian paratroopers have been on North Pole”
- “Russia Could Deploy Navy Into The Arctic”
- “US Marine force in Norway to eye Arctic and beyond”
- “A More Specific Look at the Amount of Military Spending in Alaska”
- “A ‘Standing Rock’ in Canada?” (NATO Association of Canada)
- “New numbers show spike in asylum seekers crossing from U.S. to Manitoba”
- “Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is undergoing a confirmation hearing in Washington on Tuesday, and ahead of the meeting he sat down with Montana’s two Senators to discuss issues relevant to the Treasure State, including northern border security …”
- “Launch of “Secret Law Gazette”: Security Service Policies & Rules released under ATIP”
- “Canadian Afghan war veteran commits suicide after killing family” (World Socialist Web Site)
- “Military spouse wants more help for families of veterans with PTSD”
- “Publication Bans sought for Wilks Court Martial”
- “Army team approach key to ending inappropriate sexual behaviour”
- “Government of Canada invests in new armoury for Halifax Army Reserve”
- “The myth of one-party support for the Canadian Armed Forces”
- “No burgh this, town misspells veteran’s name on street sign”
… in a submission to the Defence Policy Review now under way figuring out what the CAF should and shouldn’t be doing these days. The conclusion alone bears reading — highlights mine:
“The Ombudsman Office is a resource for those who find themselves frustrated by failures in the system. When we point out those shortcomings, and they are addressed, the Department of National Defence and/or the Canadian Armed Forces become better and more effective employers for it. However, as I have noted throughout this submission, the systemic failures are too often not corrected.
With that in mind I want to emphasize that everything in this submission is based on calls, complaints and expressions of frustration and anger that pour into our office on a regular basis.
I am not suggesting there are malicious, uncaring people in the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces – the contrary is true. I am stating there is an absolute need for modern innovative thinking that flips the paradigm from the rules and regulations controlling the people to the people controlling the rules and regulations. It is always easy to find a rule or regulation that allows for inaction. It is always easier to review or study than take action and right a wrong.
In this submission, I have deliberately avoided recommending studies or reviews and the myriad of others words and phrases that have become euphemisms for lets-announce-a-study-and-hope-it-goes-away when the heat is on from the public, politicians and journalists who have glommed on to some injustice.
Yes, the media, politicians and public will inevitably move on to other matters and the lack of public scrutiny might bring temporary comfort to a few people; but under the rug the problems live on and continue to gather dust.
- Mentally ill members unable to get help will continue to take drastic steps and bring a lifetime of sorrow to their families.
- Indigenous Youth in need of role models will continue to miss the opportunity.
- Our Reservists will continue to wait for parity with Regular Force members and the compensation, care and respect parity represents.
- Those attempting to negotiate the bureaucratic end-of-career maze will not be helped by another study when they know that the phrase “seamless transition” is in stark contrast to reality.
- Many military spouses and children will not be placated by claims of ‘caring for our families’ when they know from experience that whether meaningless or well meaning, it’s an empty slogan.
None of the issues addressed in this submission need another prolonged study or review and none require the expenditure of vast amounts of money. What we need now is leadership with the will to right the wrongs before the credibility and image of this treasured institution is further eroded. No matter what position or stance we take at home or abroad, a well-supported military force will be the factor in determining success.
So let me end as I began: This is about the future. It is about our national security and our ability to attract future generations of great army, navy and air force members. It is about getting back to a place where the Canadian military regularly had pools of highly motivated, talented people knocking on the recruiting office door. Today, far too many of those talented Canadians are walking past that door with neither a second thought nor a backward glance.”
A bit more from the CF Ombudsman here.
Well said, Mr. Walbourne!
… just a quick note to let you know there’s a reunion planned for Wednesday, 28 December 2016 starting around 2000EST in the Garrison Sergeants’ & WO’s Mess at the Armoury on Park Avenue.
The event is sponsored by the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment Association (full disclosure: I’m a member of the Association).
If you have some history with the building, hope to see you there!