Ken Hansen

Ken Hansen is an independent defence and security analyst and owner of Hansen Maritime Horizons. Retired from the navy in 2009 in the rank of commander, he is a member of the Science Advisory Committee for Atlantic Oceans Research Enterprise and a contributor to the Security Affairs Committee for the Royal United Services Institute.
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Canada’s new warships must be built for the future—not for today

The Canadian military faces a crossroads year the likes of which it hasn’t faced since 1959—when the Avro Arrow was scuttled

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When Churchill needed Ottawa, the town was ignored. Now, Ottawa needs Churchill

Opinion: If solving the struggles of the Manitoba town’s residents wasn’t enough, the federal government had plenty of other reasons to have stepped in sooner

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A landmark ruling on military courts means the Forces must change for the better

Opinion: The military is scrambling after a court decided that its process for trying soldiers with civil crimes violates the Charter—exposing its double standard

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Donald Trump is wrong about NATO

Opinion: Despite Trump’s rhetoric, relative defence spending is falling for many NATO member countries, including America—and collective defence is cheaper than other options

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Canada’s peacekeeping mission to Mali could become a new Afghanistan

Opinion: There is no peace to keep in Mali, and the UN mission there has become a deadly quagmire—one that Canada might be wise to just avoid

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What’s happening to Canada’s defence spending?

Opinion: Despite a policy overhaul, the 2018 budget has set out virtually no new spending for the fundamentals of Canada’s military. That’s a problem.

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The problem at the root of the RCMP’s dysfunctional culture

Opinion: The RCMP is a federal military force that takes on ill-fitting municipal missions. To fix its culture, it should get out of contract policing

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Why RCMP tactics—not weapons—failed against Justin Bourque

Justin Bourque killed three RCMP constables in Moncton in 2014—and with the national police force now on trial, a key point is being missed

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The Liberals’ defence policy: So much, and too little

Chrystia Freeland set out a bold vision for Canada’s foreign policy. But the Liberals’ defence policy seems to offer few ways to meet it.