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Government Operations committee  That's a good question. Data is the most valuable commodity in the world. It has more value than oil, gas or other natural resources. China's geostrategic approach is to dominate in terms of networks and software, everything from data flow to data analysis. They want to have

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Government Operations committee  We need a more nuanced approach. Our current approach is too one-size-fits-all. Indeed, not every investment from China is a threat, on the contrary. As an average country with an average economy, we need investment from abroad. We need some degree of technology from abroad becau

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Government Operations committee  The risk is bound to exist given the ubiquity of technological facilities. That said, you mentioned Nortel, but in the 1970s and 1980s, it was the largest private-sector employer of engineers in Canada and a world leader in this field. It went completely bankrupt as a result of i

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Government Operations committee  First, let's actually have a mechanism to assess those when it comes to procurement. As I pointed out, we do have one when it comes to investment. It is under consideration for critical infrastructure, but it is not currently under consideration for broad swaths of what the fed

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Government Operations committee  We need to have a comprehensive strategy. I think Ambassador Mulroney alluded to this continuous working in silos with one agency, as Professor Carvin points out, reaching out while another entity does not. It also requires a complete rethink of how we actually work in government

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Government Operations committee  The Five Eyes mechanism, which I think Professor Carver might have alluded to, already provides us a very good opportunity for better operational integration. We do this quite well at the defence level, but it is much more recent at the level of intelligence and security, other t

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Government Operations committee  I'm teaching it at RMC right now. You're welcome to join and audit the course. Thanks for your fantastic questions.

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Government Operations committee  I think that is the overall thrust of the statement that this is a strategic challenge, but the strategic challenge then also needs to understand that, inherently, out of the umbrella remarks that have been made about the geostrategic engagement by China flow definite risks. Th

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Government Operations committee  I think the ability to track how often these dissidents are going, how many of them are coming in and out, is a little bit like what signals intelligence agencies do. Just being able to track the traffic pattern, that in itself can give you a significant amount of information, pa

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

Government Operations committee  Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your invitation. I'll speak in English, but you may ask your questions in the language of your choice. There is a written submission that hopefully you have received. I shall have to abstract from that submission. I co-authored that submission

December 7th, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  Given all the data that I provide in the written submission and also my publication, I think it is currently a difficult role for the organization in terms of trying to make the domestic operations work with all the other demands. So having a dedicated effort will assist in that

November 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  The DART is essentially, if I'm correct, a team of about three people who are full-time and there's an ability to pull about 200 people on very short notice from across the organization. What I'm proposing is a dedicated entity within the Canadian Armed Forces of about 2,000 peo

November 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  As you know, I've written about the Sahara-Sahel. We need to always remember that Europe is our second most important strategic partner after the United States. We saw what mass migration did and the aftermath that we are still living with in terms of European politics. We have

November 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  There's probably more that we can do in terms of coordination. The challenge with diplomacy is always that we have very little capacity on the ground and a lot of work to be done. Part of this is how we resource not just our Canadian Armed Forces but also, generally, our intern

November 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht

National Defence committee  There is little political payoff for provincial governments to invest strategically in critical infrastructure, but it seems that when the federal government steps up with co-operation and with funding, then there is an incentive for the provinces to do so. I think this is a join

November 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Christian Leuprecht