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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1800 on: May 09, 2017, 23:26:50 »
Not to mention 50 billion for 12 subs. Well thats if we build our own and i feel like it would be higher, now say get 12 built in a foreign yard and we could probably get 12 for like 5 billion

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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1801 on: May 10, 2017, 00:07:39 »
There are a whole lot of new toys in that document.  I find it hard to argue with the additional equipment they are recommending for the Navy and Air Force, but even with increasing the defence budget to 2% of GDP is it even doable without making significant cuts elsewhere?  HQ and staff cuts will only go so far when you're talking about equipment expenditures of this magnitude, not to mention all the people to man and maintain them.  Does that mean a significantly reduced Army?  Base closures?

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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1802 on: May 10, 2017, 01:17:45 »
There are a whole lot of new toys in that document.  I find it hard to argue with the additional equipment they are recommending for the Navy and Air Force, but even with increasing the defence budget to 2% of GDP is it even doable without making significant cuts elsewhere?  HQ and staff cuts will only go so far when you're talking about equipment expenditures of this magnitude, not to mention all the people to man and maintain them.  Does that mean a significantly reduced Army?  Base closures?

No because the report also says the army is undermanned, and capabilities need to stop being divested.

Edit: On that note, whats everyones opinions on the recommendation of creating a Reserve unit in the Yukon?  and expanding the rangers.
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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1803 on: May 10, 2017, 10:19:14 »
Just for reference - the senate called for 36 Chinooks and one AH for each Chinook - apparently in the senate that equates to 24 AH.

Loachman, how would you feel about 36 AH-1Zs and upping the CH-146s to the UH-1Y configuration?  Don't adjust the number of flying squadrons or pilots.  Just adjust the inventory.

Can the UH-1Y's be built in Montreal? Problem solved! Upgrades on the CH-146 are limited by the transmission are they not?

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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1804 on: May 10, 2017, 12:43:42 »
Not to mention 50 billion for 12 subs. Well thats if we build our own and i feel like it would be higher, now say get 12 built in a foreign yard and we could probably get 12 for like 5 billion

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Even when we planned on 10-12 nuclear attack subs, it would have been at the expense of the surface fleet. I would like to see 5-6 subs likely tagging onto the Aussie-French deal, 2 operational subs on each coast, 1-2 in various refits. Of the operational subs on the coast, one can be on long operations and the other doing training at and near the base, so the crews can keep up their other training and have something of a life ashore.

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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1805 on: May 10, 2017, 12:51:11 »
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Can the UH-1Y's be built in Montreal? Problem solved! Upgrades on the CH-146 are limited by the transmission are they not?


That was actually the reason I raised the point.

If new helicopters are required then the options are, in my opinion: the status quo; the AH-1/UH-1 solution; the UH-60/AH-64 solution. 

The USMC has left open a door for the RCAF by its "fast and loose" UH-1 "upgrade".  In my view that is a classic application of "my grandfather's axe" to the procurement issue.  As long as there is one piece of metal, the one with the original serial number on it, left on the aircraft then it is still the original aircraft.  It is still "my grandfather's axe".

That means that the options are, assuming that we want logistics commonality between the AH and the UH versions of the aircraft, either to "upgrade" the Griffons to the USMC UH-1Y/AH-1Z standard or to go whole hog and buy a new fleet of UH-60s and AH-64s.

My "guess" is that in an "open and fair" not to mention "transparent" competition, upgrading the Griffons at Mirabel with part kits supplied from Texas
 would be the least-cost/politically-sensitive solution.
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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1806 on: May 10, 2017, 14:27:59 »
That would be a good start for sure given our resources, there is a lot of things for the airforce and Navy in this report that if we did it all, we would need a lot more people. Though I've always been an advocate for the airforce and navy being much larger.
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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1807 on: May 10, 2017, 17:27:21 »
The UH-1Y is more than an "upgrade". Little of the UH-1N likely survives. Everything above and aft of the main cabin area is new, and the cabin area has been extended.

The new LAVs are not "upgrades" either, but new hulls and turrets and many other components. The US Marines had their LAVs stripped and the bottoms of the hulls cut off and new double-V bottoms welded on. It is cheaper to build new hulls, as we did, and that is why so many were offered as monuments.

Whether it is worth Bell's while (and ours, if it costs more) to open a short-run second production line, I don't know. In any case, Bell makes various components in various places - and, as we found out with late-run Griffons, not everything fits as it should. A number were delivered with collectives rubbing against the left-hand doors. Ours were assembled in Mirabel, and then (at least some, if not all) individually flown a long distance, possibly Dallas-Fort Worth, in primer only, to be painted. The last time that I was at the Bell factory in Mirabel, a few years ago, it was pretty packed and busy. Bell is providing employment in, and generating revenue for, this Country already as it is. They may already be building some components for UH-1Y and AH-1Z here.

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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1808 on: May 10, 2017, 18:48:02 »
The UH-1Y is more than an "upgrade". Little of the UH-1N likely survives. Everything above and aft of the main cabin area is new, and the cabin area has been extended.

The new LAVs are not "upgrades" either, but new hulls and turrets and many other components. The US Marines had their LAVs stripped and the bottoms of the hulls cut off and new double-V bottoms welded on. It is cheaper to build new hulls, as we did, and that is why so many were offered as monuments.

Whether it is worth Bell's while (and ours, if it costs more) to open a short-run second production line, I don't know. In any case, Bell makes various components in various places - and, as we found out with late-run Griffons, not everything fits as it should. A number were delivered with collectives rubbing against the left-hand doors. Ours were assembled in Mirabel, and then (at least some, if not all) individually flown a long distance, possibly Dallas-Fort Worth, in primer only, to be painted. The last time that I was at the Bell factory in Mirabel, a few years ago, it was pretty packed and busy. Bell is providing employment in, and generating revenue for, this Country already as it is. They may already be building some components for UH-1Y and AH-1Z here.

I understand you Loachman.  The UH-1Y is to the UH-1N as the F18-E is to the F18-C.  But this country doesn't seem to see much below the headlines.  And if, as you suggest, Mirabel might already be engaged in the USMC programme, maybe that is another point in its favour.
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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1809 on: May 11, 2017, 01:34:41 »
The Marines UH 1 Y programme reminds me of two different US Programmes separated by almost a hundred years
 The first was the US Navy post civil war modernization of more then a few ships It seems Congress  would not fund any new building programs at all but it seemed there was if not plenty  than adequate funding for  improving and modernizing .
So what the navy did was replaced everything but the ships bell with a new , well new everything .
 The second one was the CIA and the US Air Force  had ONMark engineering  rebuild B 26 C's into A 26 K's the story goes that ONMark replaced everything but the windshield .
In short if we buy into the Yankee  we will not be upgrading  we will be purchasing new builds .
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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1810 on: May 11, 2017, 10:11:26 »
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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1811 on: May 24, 2017, 19:21:15 »
I know, people will be shocked to see this from ceasefire.ca/Rideau Disarmament Institute* ...
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I don't want Canada's military spending increased by $20 billion.

Use available public dollars to improve social programs, to conserve the environment, and to build peace.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being pressed to increase Canada's military spending. The pressure is coming from United States President Donald Trump, who is being supported by a large military establishment within Canada with close ties to the U.S. military and American-based weapons-builders.

They want Canada to double its military spending to reach 2 per cent of our national economy, measured as Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This would be an increase of more than $20 billion a year for the military.

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President Trump has pledged to increase U.S. military spending by $54 billion, creating a defence budget that will exceed $600 billion each year. His plan includes efforts to "bomb the Hell out of ISIS," increase the total number of ships in the US Navy fleet, build additional F-35 fighter jets to expand the Air Force, and increase America's nuclear forces.

To pay for it, he's slashing spending on foreign aid, environmental protection, health, education, and housing.

The United States is already the highest military spender in the world. American military spending is nearly three times the spending of China, the second highest globally, and is nine times that of Russia, the world's third-highest military spender ...
You get the gist ...

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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1812 on: May 24, 2017, 19:58:07 »
If it was upto them, we would have no military. At that point we might as we raise the american flag.

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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1813 on: May 24, 2017, 20:39:45 »
Well considering the frequency of seeing the American flag in this country, I'd say we already have raised it.  As for the CF budget, we would probably keep peace with the Pentagon if we sent half of it to them as tribute and closed the local shop.  Then we'd have more money for the variety of welfare cheques needed.  (Hey! You have a pretty good idea there.) [Xp

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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1814 on: May 24, 2017, 23:38:11 »
Well considering the frequency of seeing the American flag in this country, I'd say we already have raised it.

Where do you live?  Aside from sports games where we're playing against the US, the border, or at American institutions/companies, I'd be hard-pressed to see the US flag at all.  We get American programming on TV but so does everyone else, to varying degrees - you see US programs in the UK or Australia just as much.
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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1815 on: May 25, 2017, 14:51:57 »
Trump to NATO today - also attached if link doesn't work ...
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Thank you very much, Secretary General Stoltenberg.  Chancellor Merkel, thank you very much.  Other heads of state and government, I am honored to be here with members of an alliance that has promoted safety and peace across the world. 

Prime Minister May, all of the nations here today grieve with you and stand with you.  I would like to ask that we now observe a moment of silence for the victims and families of the savage attack which took place in Manchester.  (A moment of silence is observed.)  Thank you.  Terrible thing.

This ceremony is a day for both remembrance and resolve.  We remember and mourn those nearly 3,000 innocent people who were brutally murdered by terrorists on September 11th, 2001.  Our NATO allies responded swiftly and decisively, invoking for the first time in its history the Article 5 collective defense commitments. 

The recent attack on Manchester in the United Kingdom demonstrates the depths of the evil we face with terrorism.  Innocent little girls and so many others were horribly murdered and badly injured while attending a concert -- beautiful lives with so much great potential torn from their families forever and ever.  It was a barbaric and vicious attack upon our civilization.

All people who cherish life must unite in finding, exposing, and removing these killers and extremists -- and, yes, losers.  They are losers.  Wherever they exist in our societies, we must drive them out and never, ever let them back in. 

This call for driving out terrorism is a message I took to a historic gathering of Arab and Muslim leaders across the region, hosted by Saudi Arabia.  There, I spent much time with King Salman, a wise man who wants to see things get much better rapidly.  The leaders of the Middle East have agreed at this unprecedented meeting to stop funding the radical ideology that leads to this horrible terrorism all over the globe.

My travels and meetings have given me renewed hope that nations of many faiths can unite to defeat terrorism, a common threat to all of humanity.  Terrorism must be stopped in its tracks, or the horror you saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever.  You have thousands and thousands of people pouring into our various countries and spreading throughout, and in many cases, we have no idea who they are.  We must be tough.  We must be strong.  And we must be vigilant. 

The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russia and on NATO’s eastern and southern borders.  These grave security concerns are the same reason that I have been very, very direct with Secretary Stoltenberg and members of the Alliance in saying that NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations, for 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense.

This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.  And many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years.  Over the last eight years, the United States spent more on defense than all other NATO countries combined.  If all NATO members had spent just 2 percent of their GDP on defense last year, we would have had another $119 billion for our collective defense and for the financing of additional NATO reserves.

We should recognize that with these chronic underpayments and growing threats, even 2 percent of GDP is insufficient to close the gaps in modernizing, readiness, and the size of forces.  We have to make up for the many years lost.  Two percent is the bare minimum for confronting today’s very real and very vicious threats.  If NATO countries made their full and complete contributions, then NATO would be even stronger than it is today, especially from the threat of terrorism. 

I want to extend my appreciation to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York for contributing this remnant of the North Tower, as well as to Chancellor Merkel and the German people for donating this portion of the Berlin Wall.  It is truly fitting that these two artifacts now reside here so close together at the new NATO Headquarters.  And I never asked once what the new NATO Headquarters cost.  I refuse to do that.  But it is beautiful.

Each one marks a pivotal event in the history of this Alliance and in the eternal battle between good and evil.  On one side, a testament to the triumph of our ideals over a totalitarian Communist ideology bent on the oppression of millions and millions of people; on the other, a painful reminder of the barbaric evil that still exists in the world and that we must confront and defeat together as a group, as a world.

This twisted mass of metal reminds us not only of what we have lost, but also what forever endures -- the courage of our people, the strength of our resolve, and the commitments that bind us together as one. 

We will never forget the lives that were lost.  We will never forsake the friends who stood by our side.  And we will never waiver in our determination to defeat terrorism and to achieve lasting security, prosperity and peace.

Thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to be here.  Thank you.

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Interesting tidbits ...
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... The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russia and on NATO’s eastern and southern borders ...
Good on him for naming the underlined bit - interesting including "immigration" as a potential NATO issue (although there's always been more than just defence @ play with the Alliance).
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... 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense.

This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.  And many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years.  Over the last eight years, the United States spent more on defense than all other NATO countries combined.  If all NATO members had spent just 2 percent of their GDP on defense last year, we would have had another $119 billion for our collective defense and for the financing of additional NATO reserves ...
On the bit in orange, who do the countries "owe" this money to?  If there's going to be billing/accounting, does that mean Canada gets  a credit for helping out the last (only) time Article 5 was invoked?  Also, what's that yellow underlined bit mean?  More reserve military forces or $ reserves?
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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1816 on: May 25, 2017, 17:15:00 »
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Also, what's that yellow underlined bit mean?  More reserve military forces or $ reserves?

Financial funds (contingency reserve funds). In context:
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If all NATO members had spent just 2 percent of their GDP on defense last year, we would have had another $119 billion for our collective defense and for the financing of additional NATO reserves ...
in the NATO kitty.
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Re: The Defence Budget [superthread]
« Reply #1817 on: May 25, 2017, 17:35:19 »
To whom is the money owed?

Well, for the last umpteen years Johnny has been inviting his buddies over to his annual potluck kegger.  23 out of 28 have been showing up with a bag of chips while Johnny puts dogs, burgers and steaks on the grill.  Johnny made lots of friends but his family was going broke. 

Johnny has asked that somebody else supply the steaks and beer this year.

Strangely there is some talk of abandoning the "tradition".  And not much talk of how to help Johnny.
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