Adapting North American Defence to Missile Threats


December 3, 2021

In this new episode of Defence Deconstructed, David Perry discusses the the adaptation of continental defence to new missile threats with Peggy Mason, Sarah Mineiro, and Todd Sharp.

This episode was made possible thanks to the support of the Department of National Defence’s MINDS Program

Defence Deconstructed is brought to you by Irving Shipbuilding and Boeing.

Participant Biographies:

  • Since June of 2014, Peggy Mason has been the President of the Rideau Institute, an independent think tank with a mandate to help revitalize Canada’s peacekeeping, diplomatic peacemaking and peacebuilding roles in the world, through inclusive multilateralism, strengthening the UN capacity for conflict prevention and peaceful conflict resolution and the progressive enhancement of international law.
  • Todd Sharp is an Integrated Air and Missile Defence Officer at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force for 33 years, acquiring over 5000 flying hours as an Air Navigator in Search and Rescue and Air Transport, and was Commanding Officer of 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, in Comox BC. He completed his military career overseas, as the Air and Missile Defence Advisor to the Joint Canadian Delegation to NATO until 2018, and then joined NATO’s International Staff in the Defence Investment Division. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, and holds a master’s degree in Defence Studies from King’s College London.
  • Sarah Mineiro is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and currently works at Anduril Industries as the senior director for space strategy. Sarah has worked within the national security and defense sector for over 15 years. Previously, Sarah was the Staff Lead for the Strategic Forces Subcommittee for the House Armed Service Committee (HASC). She led the Subcommittee’s legislative and oversight activities of all Department of Defense and Military Intelligence Program space programs, U.S. nuclear weapons, missile defense, directed energy, and hypersonic systems. Sarah was the senior legislative advisor to Ranking Member Mac Thornberry on all strategic forces issues. In this role she was the primary drafter and negotiator of the Space Force and Space Command legislation for the House Republicans.

Host Biography:

  • Dave Perry: Senior Analyst and Vice President with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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