I am a tenured associate professor and hold the William and Jeanie Barton Chair at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. The Chair comes with an annual research account, but I have full control over what I publish and research. My academic research has also been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2012-2015; 2015-2020; 2019-2024), the University of Ottawa (2008-2016), and the Department of National Defence’s Security and Defence Forum (2008).
I am currently a member of the Independent Review Panel for Defence Acquisition (IRPDA). Membership on the IRPDA is based on a Governor-in-Council appointment. I was initially appointed in May 2015 and was reappointed in May 2018 and May 2021. My current reappointment comes with a three-year term, but I serve at the pleasure of the Governor-in-Council. I am paid by the Government of Canada on a per diem basis for my work on the IRPDA. I qualify as a part-time public office holder as an IRPDA member and am bound by the relevant provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act.
As part of my IRPDA membership, I have chosen not to publish or comment on Canadian defence policy or military procurement until my appointment comes to an end. This is meant to avoid any conflicts of interest, real or perceived, as well as any notion that I am speaking for or on behalf of the IRPDA or the Department of National Defence on these issues. However, I will continue to publish and comment on my others areas of research, including executive-legislative relations and the Westminster system.
I previously served as a member of the Independent Review Panel for the evaluation of options to replace Canada’s CF-18s (2012-2014). I have also served as a contract consultant for the Department of National Defence (2020), the Office of the Judge Advocate General (2013), the Office of the Auditor General (2012-2013), Senator Romeo Dallaire (2012), and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company Canada (2005). As well, I have been a fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (2013-2015) and held work and speaking contracts with various academic institutions. Each of these activities involved remuneration.
I have also been been paid for occasional pieces I have published with the Ottawa Citizen and Maclean’s.
I have not belonged to any political party over the past fifteen years, nor have I donated to any political party.
I have discussed policy issues and my research with political staff from various parties on a volunteer basis.