Canada’s Proposed Joint Strike Fighter Purchase and the Canada First Defence Strategy

John Siebert Americas, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security

Briefing 11-1 Author John Siebert This is the third in a series of briefings by Project Ploughshares on Canada’s proposed purchase of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, also known as the F-35. These briefings are intended to add to the continuing public debate on this, the largest military procurement purchase in Canadian history. The decision by the current Conservative …

The Size of the F-35 Market is Overstated

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security

Briefing 10-4 Author Kenneth Epps The global F-35 market of “up to” 5,000 aircraft cited by Canadian industry and government officials is outdated and now greatly overstated. Realistically, the likelihood of worldwide F-35 sales is closer to 3,500 aircraft. The uncritical use of F-35 sales projections that are now almost 10 years out of date calls into question other claims …

Why Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft? Program costs rise and benefits carry risks

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security

Briefing 10-3 Author Kenneth Epps For what may become the most expensive procurement program in Canadian history, the government of Canada has provided a sparse rationale for procuring a future stealth fighter aircraft without competition. The costs of the announced purchase continue to rise, life-cycle expenses are likely to be much higher than floated estimates, and industrial benefits are not …

Towards Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons

Briefing 10-2 Author Kenneth Epps In conjunction with locally based partners, Project Ploughshares co-hosted expert roundtables on an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Washington and Cape Town in early 2010. The purpose of the roundtables was to engage a range of stakeholders with expertise in conventional arms control in a review of key issues in the negotiation of an …

NATO’s Strategic Concept, the NPT and Global Zero

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Briefing 10-1 Author Ernie Regehr At the 2009 NATO Summit in Strasbourg/Kehl the Alliance Secretary-General was asked to develop a new Strategic Concept. Member Governments called for a participatory review and the Secretary-General appointed a 12-member Group of Experts, chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, to guide the process. Amb. Marie Gervais-Vidricaire, currently the Canadian Ambassador to …

Canada’s Automatic Weapons Gift to Afghanistan: Were Canadian military export regulations followed?

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security

Briefing 09-2 Author Ernie Regehr A year ago Canada made a gift of 2,500 Canadian-built C7 automatic rifles to the Afghanistan National Army (Chaplin-Thomas & Bilodeau 2008). It was clear that the transfer did not meet the normal criteria for arms transfers, notably, the prohibition on transfers of automatic weapons to states not on the Automatic Firearms Country Control List …

NATO’s Strategic Concept and the Emerging Nuclear Abolition Imperative

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Europe, Nuclear Weapons

Briefing 09-1 Author Ernie Regehr Even as NATO’s official strategic doctrine continues to describe nuclear weapons as “essential to peace,” the world is undergoing an extraordinary reawakening to the unique threats posed by nuclear weapons and the need to finally eliminate them. At the same time, the security community remains divided. While demands for an unambiguous commitment to nuclear abolition …

India and the Nuclear Suppliers Group: Time for Plan B

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Asia, Nuclear Weapons

Briefing 08-4 Author Ernie Regehr While ultimately unsuccessful, recent action at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) saw at least some brave attempts to preserve a core nuclear nonproliferation principle – namely, that civilian nuclear cooperation is to be reserved for states that honour the global norm against nuclear weapons and adhere to full-scope safeguards administered by the International Atomic Energy …

Decision Time for the US-India Nuclear Cooperation Deal

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Asia, Nuclear Weapons

Briefing 08-3 Author Ernie Regehr The on-again, off-again US-India civilian nuclear cooperation deal is on again. It still threatens key and hard-won nonproliferation standards. And while there was a possibility that it would languish and eventually fade away in the face of strong opposition within India itself, it now appears poised to scale that hurdle and force the international community …

Conversations in Kabul on Military Intervention and Political Reconciliation

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 08-2 Author Ernie Regehr The room was what you might expect of a boys’ high school dormitory. It had all the scattered clothes, books, footballs, electronic music players, and general messiness you would find in any room occupied by active young men. These young men have come from accross the country to study English in the hopes of earning …