Defence Watch is a limited series hosted by the Ottawa Citizen’s David Pugliese, who’s covered the Canadian military for more than 30 years. Through a number of wide-ranging interviews with insiders, experts and military personnel, Pugliese takes an in-depth look at a variety of subjects involving the Canadian Forces.
From nasty eggs to poutine: How the Canadian military is fed in the field
Figuring out how to mass produce combat-ready meals for the Canadian military isn't an easy task. Figuring out how to make those meals not taste like sludge is even harder. But that's Edith Jutras' job. She's the manager of the National Combat Rations Program and her team is responsible for producing up to two million meals per year. She joins Dave to discuss how the military is fed in the field, how meals have such long shelf lives and why eggs are no longer on the menu.
The military's sexual misconduct problem
In 2015, former Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps released a major report on sexual misconduct in the Canadian Forces. It described a “hostile sexualized environment” in the military, which included everything from swearing and sexual innuendo to “dubious relationships” between junior female staff and high-ranking men. It also included rape.
Has anything changed since the report?
Dave discusses this with women's rights advocate Julie Lalonde and lawyer and retired Col. Michel Drapeau.
Beards, dope and families: How the Canadian military plans to attract
How do you make the Canadian Forces an attractive option for young people in 2019? And how does a rules-based employer get ahead when flexibility, variety and choice are sought after qualities in a job? The forces are trying to figure it out — and have introduced new policies to get recruits through the door. Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer Alain Guimond and Scott Taylor, publisher of Esprit de Corps magazine, join Dave to talk about the next generation of military personnel.
Northern threats: Canada's future in the Arctic
The future of Canada's far north is far from certain and its Arctic sovereignty isn't universally accepted. China's government plans to invest up to $1 trillion to develop the polar regions, while the Russians are expanding military bases in their Arctic territories. Meanwhile, environmental risks grow each year as climate change transforms the north. Retired Lt.-Gen. Mike Day and retired Col. Pierre Leblanc join Dave to discuss the role of Canada's military in the Arctic and the threats it faces.
Broken or misunderstood? How billions are spent on military procurement
Military procurement in Canada involves billions of dollars in spending and has a reputation of lengthy delays and inefficiency. But is that reputation fair? Dave talks about this with Pat Finn, the Assistant Deputy Minister for Materiel at the Department of National Defence. Finn is responsible for purchasing everything from rifles to warships. They also discuss other ongoing issues with defence procurement and the complexity of keeping up with emerging technologies.
Behind the curtain of Canada’s special forces
Dave conducts a rare interview with an active operator within Canada’s secretive special forces unit, JTF2. “Jeff” takes Dave inside the world of JTF2, discussing everything from myths surrounding the unit, to what it takes to make it through JTF2’s selection process, to making a bomb out of a pen. Later, Dave talks to retired Lt.-Gen. Mike Day, a former JTF2 commander. Mike and Dave discuss the unit's history and what its future might hold.
Im a fan of the podcaster but this whole series has been a complete bore. Not the least but controversial and nothing news worthy. With all the huge topics that can be discussed around military issues, we’ve so far covered some very tame ground
Great guests but there is nothing to see here expect hot takes about ‘combat bras’ in procurement and millennial bashing around ‘beardforgen’. I expected more insightful questions to some of the CAF’s leadership but was supremely disappointed.
If you’ve ever attempted to navigate and felt aligned with Army.ca, this podcast is for you.
Do you like telling people ‘this questions already been asked, see mega-merged thread from 2004’ or ‘try google first’? This is for you.
Do you complain about how the young troops have no sense of drive or pride? This is for you.
Are you a dinosaur who believes the army isn’t what it used to be and is full of ‘snowflakes’ who don’t understand the military? This is for you.
Really not the best or thought provoking content as a first Canadian Military podcast. r/canadianforces will give you a lot more. Or a book.