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April 20, 2020 | International, Aerospace, Naval, Land, C4ISR, Security

The future of NORAD and continental defence

April 17, 2020

On today's Defence Deconstructed Podcast, we are rebroadcasting a recording of the “The future of NORAD and continental defence” panel with moderator Sarah Goldfeder and featuring Michael Dawson, Richard Heitkamp, and Stephen Fuhr from our 29 Jan. 2020 Modernizing North American Defence conference.

Defence Deconstructed is part of the CGAI Podcast Network and today's episode is brought to you by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI). This conference was made possible by the MINDS program from the Department of National Defence.

Participant Biographies:

  • Dave Perry (host): Senior Analyst and Vice President with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
  • Sarah Goldfeder: CGAI Fellow, Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group.
  • Michael Dawson: Former Political Advisor to the Commander of NORAD and NORTHCOM.
  • Richard Heitkamp: Deputy Director, Politico-Military Affairs (Western Hemisphere), U.S. Army JS J5.
  • Stephen Fuhr: former Chair, House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence.

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  • VSE Corporation Announces Approximately $90 Million in Contract Awards

    April 16, 2020 | International, Aerospace, Naval, Land

    VSE Corporation Announces Approximately $90 Million in Contract Awards

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