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  1. Brad Sallows

    2022 CPC Leadership Discussion: Et tu Redeux

    Sure. But that's not enough for the people who are net losers or otherwise feeling pressured. The establishment does well, and talks among itself as if the only people in the world who matter have post-secondary educations and work in public service. "Well, we're the polite faction" doesn't...
  2. Brad Sallows

    2022 CPC Leadership Discussion: Et tu Redeux

    Centrists need to ask themselves what part they played in driving the "loons" to take over, and follow up asking what they can do themselves to change. Populism is just appeal to the masses. Why don't the centrists appeal to the masses? Did they lose their appeal; if so, why? Could they...
  3. Brad Sallows

    Infantry Vehicles

    Up-armouring to meet a threat is a losing proposition (there is always a bigger fish). For vehicles not intended to fight mounted in the mix against anything short of tanks, settle for wheels (optimize for non-tactical mobility), ballistic protection up to .50 inclusive, hull design to mitigate...
  4. Brad Sallows

    Majority of Canadians not interested in joining the CAF

    Nothing wrong with consultation as long as everyone remembers that not everyone should be consulted on everything all of the time.
  5. Brad Sallows

    Infantry Vehicles

    There is a role for amphibious equipment if you really need to force a crossing site. But if you're fighting at that level, you have corps or army amphibious equipment units, not every-vehicle-a-swimmer.
  6. Brad Sallows

    Majority of Canadians not interested in joining the CAF

    The thing about old folks disconnected from how young people experience things differently is that young folks are equally disconnected from how old people experienced things differently. What's the same across time is that people whine about the way things are; what's different across time is...
  7. Brad Sallows

    Majority of Canadians not interested in joining the CAF

    Today's recruits are unlikely to be better than yesterday's. But they are likely to have led much more comfortable home lives growing up.
  8. Brad Sallows

    Liberal Minority Government 2021 - ????

    As long as the factors are identical, the name doesn't matter.
  9. Brad Sallows

    Majority of Canadians not interested in joining the CAF

    Part of what the Forces must absolutely be able to do is train nearly any person above the fifth percentile (or so) to do a useful military job. While it's reasonable to chase the best prospects available in peacetime, the risk is forgetting how to work with all of the people available.
  10. Brad Sallows

    Majority of Canadians not interested in joining the CAF

    Training always did have unlockable things. "If you achieve X, you get to leave barracks this Saturday."
  11. Brad Sallows

    Liberal Minority Government 2021 - ????

    If Gladue Reports are worthwhile, then they should be applied to everyone with background problems, not people with background problems who belong to a specific ethnic ground.
  12. Brad Sallows

    Majority of Canadians not interested in joining the CAF

    An alternative to reducing standards/expectations is to increase close supervision, austerity, and training designed to improve the raw material. Might mean more staff, more time, different location.
  13. Brad Sallows

    Liberal Minority Government 2021 - ????

    That's like dealing with rust on the car by painting over it instead of keeping it parked in a garage. "Disparate impacts" almost always result from earlier fundamental factors upstream. Family life and education are two big ones.
  14. Brad Sallows

    Majority of Canadians not interested in joining the CAF

    Should be a way to sell how service can help a person grow from teenage high school graduate to mature confident competent adult capable of leading other adults (small teams) in a few years. Not sure exactly how.
  15. Brad Sallows

    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    About the invasion bottleneck... (Twitter thread).
  16. Brad Sallows

    2022 CPC Leadership Discussion: Et tu Redeux

    All new governments enter office carrying baggage that is dumped shortly after the first briefings they receive from the civil service. Best not to panic in advance.
  17. Brad Sallows

    After SSE - Canada’s next defence policy

    When is? Is there a list of conditions which can be consulted to identify "great times"?
  18. Brad Sallows

    Executive Presence Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All. Here’s How to Develop Yours.

    Where does executive hair (Dilbert cartoon) fit into the equation?
  19. Brad Sallows

    After SSE - Canada’s next defence policy

    People who like spending programmes require money to spend. A prosperous Canada produces greater government revenues. The US is still the big trading partner, and Canadian prosperity depends heavily on good trading relationships with the US. Actively antagonizing the US is obviously a foolish...
  20. Brad Sallows

    The Great Gun Control Debate- 2.0

    Firearms are used mostly in private areas (ranges) or well away from highly populated areas (hunting), not on roads in the middle of cities. Apples/oranges comparisons don't make much sense.
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