- “Col. Hercule Gosselin is so focused on his own duties as commander of the Operational Mentor Liaison Team in Kandahar that he knows little about Canada’s future training mission in northern Afghanistan, which is to replace the current combat mission in the south when it ends this summer. But Gosselin — who works closely with the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police in Kandahar — says, “There are many lessons here that we can share with the instructors going to Kabul.” One of those lessons is not to be too proud, said the former Airborne Regiment paratrooper and Van Doo infantry battalion commander, who is on his second tour in Afghanistan. “Humility is the most important quality we can foster, because this is their country and they know better than we do what is going on,” he said ….”
- How some of Canada’s troops are taking the initiative to learn the language for tours in Afghanistan. Well done to the soldier in question!
- Meanwhile, how is the language barrier being solved during some training scenarios for possible future conflicts? Laminated cards where you point at pictures of things you mean.
- Taliban Propaganda Watch: Taliban offers to help Afghans “pull an Egypt”, and remembering the anniversary of the USSR leaving..
- A bit more on the Leopard tanks Switzerland is selling to Canada.
- Way Up North (1): Western Canadian reservists train to work, fight in the cold in northwestern Ontario.
- Way Up North (2): Quebec Regular Force troops train to work in the cold in northern Quebec.
- CF lessons learned while helping provide security at the recent Olympics. “The Canadian military is revising the way it handles domestic operations, after realizing there are gaping holes in the existing strategy. Newly released documents show the 2010 Winter Olympics were an organizational nightmare because the military lacked what they call domestic doctrine. Doctrine provides rules and protocol on how to handle different types of operations. “The absence of adequate, or up-to-date, domestic operations doctrine and policies resulted in excessive debate and distracted from the real task of planning and executing Op Podium,” says the after-action report on the military’s contribution to Olympic security. Military planners were stymied by everything from what jobs they were and weren’t prepared to do at the Games, to how to get all the soldiers they needed for the plan …. The report was obtained by The Canadian Press under Access to Information ….”
- Even MORE on the PM’s Plane’s Paint Job (1): “A Grade 9 student from Hamilton joined opposition parties in asking the prime minister to abandon any plan to repaint the government’s VIP jet from military grey to civilian white and red. Stephen Harper’s staff have been pushing the new colour scheme for two years, but the air force resisted because the white colour would make the plane more visible in risky zones overseas. Documents obtained by The Canadian Press show one of the strongest opponents of the new paint scheme has been Defence Minister Peter MacKay ….”
- Even MORE on the PM’s Plane’s Paint Job (2): Questions in the House of Commons yesterday from the Liberals, the NDP and the Bloc on this thing.
- Even MORE on the PM’s Plane’s Paint Job (3): Spokespersons finally speak. “…. Andrew MacDougall, a spokesman for the prime minister, said the aircraft is due for a paint job next year and that the government was “looking at some options.” MacKay spokesman Jay Paxton added paint jobs are restricted to the regular maintenance cycle, which is every six years. “Minister MacKay believes that to ensure costs are negligible for Canadian taxpayers, the repainting of military assets should take place in the established maintenance cycle when the operational tempo is such that there (are) no negative ramifications on the Canadian Forces mandate,” he said. “This recommendation is agreed by all and no decision has been taken on repainting the Airbus.” “
- I’ve added a couple of Israeli films to my collection of military and war flicks (new additions in red).
A couple of interesting postings to the MERX tendering web site to share.
“The Department of National Defence, Soldier Systems Program Management has a requirement for quantity ( 105 ) Portable Gamma Spectroscopy Systems to be used by the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit and deployed as part of Operation Podium, and domestic Heads of Government meetings. Consistent interpretation and interchangeability of field survey and identification results are required between Director General Nuclear Safety (DGNS), Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Events response teams and the Special Operations Forces Command.
Vendor Name and Address:
Gamble Technologies Limited
6535 Millcreek Drive
“It is the intention of the department of National Defence (DND) to award a contract for Homestay Services for foreign adult students. The Department of National Defence’ National Capital Region Training Company, Canadian Forces Language School (NCR Trg Coy, CFLS) is tasked to conduct Language Teacher training to military personnel and civilian language teachers from various parts of the world such as Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America.
As well, Military Training Cooperation Programme (DMTCP) is tasked to conduct the Basic Public Affairs Officer Course (BPAOC). This high profile course, takes place once or twice a year for up to six months each and for normally 4 students per course. The next scheduled course will start in January 2010.
The school is located in Gatineau Quebec.
The department intends to award a one-year Contract with the option to extend for two one year options at the Crown’s sole discretion. These services are an ongoing requirement. The services have been previously provided by Language Achievement Canada of Carleton Place, Ontario.”
Plain English: contractor needed to arrange host homes for trainees from other countries taking language teacher and public affairs courses in and around Gatineau.