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  1. TangoTwoBravo

    Defence Economics Primer

    This video Defence Economics by Perun is an hour-long investment, but I think it should be required viewing for those who like to post about what equipment Canada should buy/produce etc. It focuses on the US and the aerospace sector, but I think it can applied to other areas as well. There is a...
  2. TangoTwoBravo

    Armoured RECCE

    Replying a day late - was on the road yesterday. Thanks for taking the time and mental energy to capture the experience of your Recce Sqn colleagues on Ex MR 21 in the context of the rather new and somewhat vaguely defined Cavalry concept. Your article highlights what can happen when we rebrand...
  3. TangoTwoBravo

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    That’s what my post said. I even said pledge. A previous poster said we were not paying our dues. We do indeed pay our dues - our agreed upon share of NATO direct funding.
  4. TangoTwoBravo

    New Dress Regs 🤣

    There are Army officers that own jeans? I get RCEME officers who want to do some work on their Triumph in their garage, but outside of them I can't imagine Army officers owning dungarees. And to wear them in the mess? Maybe for a Halloween party dressed as convicts? Jolly good fun those...
  5. TangoTwoBravo

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    The 2% pledge is just that - a pledge. Canada absolutely meets direct funding obligations for NATO programs. Canada contributes roughly 6% of the NATO direct funding budget - that amount is based on Gross National Income (we are allocated a share to pay based on GNI - adjustments are made)...
  6. TangoTwoBravo

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    This thread is indeed a wild ride as the train derails down multiple rabbit holes. The three Reg F Armoured Regiments are not moving to Edmonton. The tanks being consolidated in Edmonton, though, is now wrapped up in F2025 discussions. The tank squadron in Gagetown is under the RCD but is...
  7. TangoTwoBravo

    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    My impression is that the RCN circa 2004 had a mix of then fairly new CPFs along with two other key capabilities: dedicated C2/AAW ships and AORs. Those C2/Anti-Air Warfare Ships, though, were new wine in very old bottles and the AORs were equally ancient. The C2 and AORs self-divested and the...
  8. TangoTwoBravo

    CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia

    In Oct/Nov 18 the RCN had a CPF on REASSURANCE with SNMG1 (VDQ) and another CPF (HAL) plus two MCDVs on Ex TRIDENT JUNCTURE off Norway. The VDQ was in a different TG than the HAL while the MCDVs were in yet a third multi-national mine-countermeasures group on the exercise. The TRIDENT JUNCTURE...
  9. TangoTwoBravo

    No 2 Construction Battalion - Battle Honours and Perpetuation Awarded to 4 ESR

    You should read the CANFORGEN. It explains in para 1.
  10. TangoTwoBravo

    Future Armour

    Weight is one thing, but length can be even more restrictive. You need to be able to manipulate the shell in the turret to load it in the breech. I believe that was part of the reasoning for the Brits to go with separate propellent and projectile (not to mention a third part for the primer I...
  11. TangoTwoBravo

    Future Armour

    I am not a tank designer! There is an upper limit to what can be handled by a human inside the turret. There are also real limits on things like the width of the tank due to rail cars which in turn limits the size of the turret ring. The Brits tried separate ammo pieces, but I wouldn't call...
  12. TangoTwoBravo

    Future Armour

    If they are a sensor first then lets have flying unmanned sensors. Which we do. I can easily visualize a situation where all four tanks in a Troop are firing their main armament. I have having a harder time visualizing them all operating Class 1 UAS at the same time. We have structures for...
  13. TangoTwoBravo

    Future Armour

    I have participated in wargames where our forces were in vehicles with NLOS missiles. Its a concept. Not 100% sold on it just yet. It would be a strange battle for a single tank to fire all of its main gun rounds. Targets tend to be fleeting. Additionally, tanks should not be operating on their...
  14. TangoTwoBravo

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    We have RCAC folks that spend a whole career conducting recce. They do what the US Scout platoons do (although there are absolutely differences in the TTPs).
  15. TangoTwoBravo

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    While I was training with the US Army the Bradleys in the US Cavalry Troops were not crewed by Infantry. They were Scouts. While those Scouts Troops had dismounted scouts, they were not intended to be used as infantrymen. If we are trying to do close combat then we have combat team structures...
  16. TangoTwoBravo

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Much to respond to. I was on Roto 0 of Kabul. While 3 RCR was tapped as the BG, a LAV company from 2 RCR was on the ground first with the Theatre Activation Team. Once 3 RCR was there they had two infantry companies in Iltis and an infantry company from 1 RCR in LAVs. The ISTAR Coy, with...
  17. TangoTwoBravo

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    The Bde Recce Sqn, since at least the 70s, been housed by the Armoured Regiment in the CMBG but operates directly for the Bde Comd on operations/ in the field. It has its own callsign on the Bde Net, the OC attends the Bde O Gp and its A2 echelon is serviced by the Svc Bn or by whatever BG is...
  18. TangoTwoBravo

    US Army Reviving the 11th Airborne Division in Alaska

    And unless they want a whiff of grapeshot they will stay well away from it. Unless, of course, they are part of the United States Marine Corps with a friendship going back to 1954. In which case they are more than welcome to drill with the Fort Henry Guard! Oorah! Seriously. It's been a good...
  19. TangoTwoBravo

    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    One result I have observed after working with armies that only draw their officers from the ranks is the marginalization of their NCO corps. Those officers ruled with an iron fist, and the NCOs were those that did not "make it" to officer. I like how our recruits can choose either path as their...
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