"Secure Canada 2008" Sponsors


As of September 16, 2008, this military trade show has twelve sponsors. Sponsors are generally exhibitors that pay a additional thousands of dollars to have their names listed as sponsors.


For several weeks, in August and September, the "Secure Canada 2008" website also listed an extra sponsor that has now been removed, namely the City of Ottawa!

Click here to see a saved view of their site from Aug 2008 displaying the City of Ottawa logo.


Here is a summary of the first nine sponsors who signed on to "Secure Canada 2008." Six of these are US-based.



National Defense Industrial Association

According to its website, the first "Mission" of this American organization representing the interests of the US military-industrial-academic complex is to:

"ADVOCATE: Cutting-edge technology and superior weapons, equipment, training, and support for the War-Fighter and First Responder"

The NDIA notes that its membership includes "the majority of the top 100 defense contractors."

If one examines the listing of the "Top 100" published by Defense News, we find that NDIA could also boast that 16 of the top 20 military contractors in the world are within its ranks, including all of the top eight.

Even having the so-called "Big Four" would be enough. Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon and General Dynamics—which have historically been the world's biggest, weapons producers—together win more than two thirds of all the Pentagon's military contracts.

But the NDIA comprises more than just these huge weapons makers. Its membership includes about 1400 corporate members (Corporate Member Portal) and "more than 47,000 individuals from the entire spectrum of the defense and national industrial base."

The description that the NDIA provides of itself and its membership reflects its pivotal role as a unifying organization of the huge US military-industrial-academic complex:
"NDIA provides individuals from academia, government, the military services, small businesses, prime contractors, and the international community, the opportunity to network effectively with the government - industry team, keep abreast of the latest in technology developments, and address and influence issues as well as government policies critical to the health of the defense industry and the preservation of our national security."


General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems
San Diego, California, USA)


"General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of privately-held General Atomics, is a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical reconnaissance radar, including the Predator UAS series and the Lynx SAR/GMTI sensor systems. The company is dedicated to providing long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with the integrated sensor and datalink systems required to deliver persistent situational awareness and rapid strike capabilities."

Other Combat-related Aircraft platforms


General Dynamics

(Falls Church, Virginia)



"General Dynamics has long been one of the largest military contractors for the Pentagon and many foreign governments. The company’s roots go back to the pioneering work on military submarines by the Electric Boat Company, but it later expanded into surface ships, aircraft, tanks and, most recently, military information technology. It became best known for deadly products such as the Trident nuclear submarine, the F-16 fighter jet, the M-1 tank and the Tomahawk cruise missile."



Here for instance are some divisions of the General Dynamics corporate empire that focus specifically on the production of weapons systems:


"Combat Systems is a global leader in producing, supporting and sustaining land and expeditionary combat systems for the U.S. military and its allies. "


Here are links to some of the many varieties of weapons systems produced by General Dynamics:

"Marine Systems designs, builds and supports submarines and a variety of surface ships for the U.S. Navy and commercial customers."

This category of products made by General Dynamics is self-explanatory:

Lethality Systems



Sun Microsystems

(Santa Clara, California)



One of the world's largest electronics companies (ranking #187 on the Fortune 500 list in 2007), it does substantial business with the US military.


SM's corporate website has 1,150 webpages referring to military products, services and issues.


United States Army
Defense and Intelligence
Integrated Warfare Systems Laboratory (U.S. Navy)
United States Air Force Collaborates with Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Some of Sun Microsystem's Military-related contracts 


The U.S. Commercial Service

"The U.S. Commercial Service helps U.S. companies find new international business partners in worldwide markets."


The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion unit of the International Trade Administration.

U.S. Commercial Service trade specialists in 107 U.S. cities and in more than 80 countries work with your company to help you get started in exporting or increase your sales to new global markets. Our services include:



UK Trade and Investment

This is the "Government organisation that helps UK-based companies succeed in international markets and overseas companies to bring high quality investment to the UK. Also holds responsibility for the defence sector and defence export support."



Click here for the results of a google search that finds over 1200 distinct web pages within the official "UK Trade and Investment" website that make specific reference to military-related issues.





The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada describes itself as "a private, non-profit, membership organization that promotes the two-way flow of trade and investment between Canada and the United States."



In the context of a its presence at Secure Canada 2008, AMCHAM Canada will obviously be promoting "the two-way flow of trade and investment between Canada and the United States," with regards to it corporate members who are engaged in the production of a wide array of military and security technologies.



Canadian Defence Review

("Canada's Authoritative Defence Journal")

(Markham Ontario Canada)


Peter Kitchen, the publisher of Canadian Defence Review, was formerly a salesman for ARMX, leasing booth space for Canada's largest military trade show to arms industries. He is also a former salesman lining up lucrative arms-industry advertisements for a now-defunct military magazine called the Canadian Defence Quarterly (CDQ). The CDQ was published by Baxter Publishing, which was the company that organized ARMX in 1987 and 1989, and its offspring, Peacekeeping '93.


Peter Kitchen's current enterprise, the Canadian Defence Review magazine, bills itself as:

"Canada’s leading defence and military journal, serving the information needs of Canada’s defence community. Readers of CDR include senior officers in the Canadian military, senior government officials and parliamentarians as well as executives in the defence, aerospace, security and related industries.


"CDR is published by Synergistic Publications which has over 25 years experience in publishing defence and military magazines and periodicals. Our goal is to serve as a vital conduit of information between industry, military/government and the general public."




Frontline Security

(published by Beacon Publishing Inc., Ottawa, ON Canada)


"FRONTLINE reaches senior personnel in defence, security and enforcement agencies across Canada.... It is also delivered to senior executives of major suppliers to these sectors."


"FrontLine SECURITY reaches the sectors dedicated to national/homeland security, public safety and crisis management..... We will also be increasing our reach into the American Homeland Security sector."


"Mandate: To promote effective and efficient national security by highlighting crisis management techniques and public safety initiatives and providing a respected forum for informed debate of all issues related to public safety and security."




Additional sponsors:

The three most recent sponsors are Ontario Industrial Magazine    xwave Defence, Security and Aerospace    C3SA




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This webpage was produced by the
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)

as part of the COAT campaign to oppose 
"Secure Canada 2008" (Sept.30-Oct.1, 2008)