The Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Armed Forces - Ever since 9/11 many militaries...

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Ever since 9/11, many militaries all over the world have been better preparing themselves to defend their respective nations of loyalty. While the United States is an extreme example of this improvement, countries such as Britain, France, Germany, China, Italy and North/South Korea have been increasing their military arsenal and advancing their military technology. As for Canada, they have been letting everyone pass them in the race for military power. Slow and steady may win the race, but Canada has stopped for coffee. Actually, Canada spends near one percent of its GDP on defense, a number larger than only two other members of NATO, Luxembourg and Iceland (Koring 1). It may be interesting to note that Iceland does not even control a military. The Armed Forces of Canada simply are not sufficient for a nation of such size and stature. The Canadian Armed Forces simply do not have the technological capability, the soldier population, nor the financial backing to properly defend Canada let alone represent the country to the entire planet. “The Army’s fleet of trucks is in immediate need of replacement. The Cougar direct fire support vehicle and the Grizzly MII3 personnel carriers are also inadequate and new equipment has not been procured in sufficient quantity to outfit the entire force. The number of new LAVIII armoured personnel carriers, for example, will equip only two-thirds of the regular army.” (Twatio 8)
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Twatio also reports of the LAVIII, the main land assault vehicle of the army, suffering brake malfunctions when the temperature drops below two degrees Celsius, an obvious problem considering the average winter temperature in Canada (8). However, the Armed Forces’ technological problems are much farther reaching than simply their land vehicles. A study by the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University reports that: “Over the next five years, major platforms – the Hercules CC-130 (military airlift plane) … and the maritime helicopter – will have reached (or be close to) obsolescence” (Agence France-Presse). This particular report also lists Canada’s Tribal-class destroyers from the 1970s as “running out of useful service time,” (Agence France-Presse). It would seem that Canada is definitely not moving forward in the technological areas, especially when the large and important platforms such as vehicles are analyzed. In some cases, Canada may even be moving backwards. In 1994, the Department of National Defense purchased militarily modified civilian choppers called Griffons from Bell Textron Canada for $1.3 billion (Twatio 7). These helicopters replaced the Chinook helicopters, which Denmark later bought, modified, and upgraded and now has them playing an integral role in their military (Twatio 8). Realize that the Griffon helicopter did not have the lift capabilities of the Chinook and was unable to perform many key tasks such as the transportation of artillery pieces (Twatio 8). The Sea King, the most notoriously
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