Apr 15 – U.S. Army Captain Jason Parsons of Fort Jackson, South Carolina descends a Jacob’s ladder in the 33rd Annual David E. Grange, Jr. Best Rangers Competition 2016 in Fort Benning, Georgia.
IN THE NEWS
Civilian and military first responders from Simcoe County will converge on Canadian Forces Base Borden on Sunday, May 1, 2016, to participate in a joint mass casualty exercise as part of Exercise STOP, DROP AND ROLL, a simulated response to an air show accident.
A recent idea floated by Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development – using government procurement as a tool to promote innovation – suggests that new thinking is in the air in Ottawa, says CADSI President Christyn Cianfarani.
At the Defence Review roundtable consultation hosted in Vancouver this week, the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries’ (CADSI) has called on the Government of Canada to work with the defence industry to develop a defence industrial policy.
On Sunday, May 1, 2016, Canadians from across the country will gather to commemorate the sacrifices made by the thousands of Canadians who fought so valiantly during the Battle of the Atlantic, which ran from 1939 to 1945.
If Canada is really “back”, it has to be back with substance — and that includes our ability to meet our security and defence commitments in a credible way. That is the message from David McDonough and Tony Battista in an opinion piece in iPolitics.
Governor General David Johnston will present Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) and Bravery Decorations to members of the Canadian Forces and allied forces at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday morning.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan hosted an informative roundtable with key stakeholders in Vancouver yesterday as part of public consultations launched earlier this month to help develop a new defence policy for Canada.
During one of his first scripted policy speeches, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said that if NATO allies don't meet NATO spending targets, they should get out of the alliance and defend themselves against security threats without relying on American firepower.
One of the more interesting characteristics of this new prime minister is his flexibility and lack of fear in making bold policy shifts, if the circumstances warrant. Trudeau should not rule out the F-35 just because he once said he would, says John Ivison in the National Post.
The UK Royal Air Force has used the largest bomb in its inventory for the first time against the Islamic State, the Ministry of Defence announced in its latest operational update released on 26 April.
The former HMCS Algonquin is set to be towed on May 10 from Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, BC. The date could change a bit, depending on various circumstances.
Sen. John McCain slammed the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's troubled history Tuesday, saying it "has been both a scandal and a tragedy with respect to cost, schedule and performance."
Australia's Prime Minister has announced the selection of DCNS as the preferred partner for the SEA 1000 Future Submarine Program – to design new submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.
A terrorist group in the Philippines has killed John Ridsdel, the 68-year-old Canadian kidnapped last September – an execution Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “cold-blooded murder” and the man’s family said was “senseless.”
Two of the world's most advanced warplanes have touched down in Romania for the first time, near the shores of the Black Sea and just a short hop from Ukraine, the Crimean Peninsula and Russia.
The bureaucracy at National Defence helped scuttle two attempts by the Harper government to acquire helicopter landing ships over the last few years, documents show.
As part of efforts to cut costs, the Canadian Forces is looking at options to revamp its Alberta-based aerospace test facilities, including transferring some of the work to private industry or moving the organization to a more accessible location, such as the Ottawa area.
A contingent of about 275 soldiers and roughly one hundred Canadian Army vehicles travelled 625 km from Quebec to Gagetown, New Brunswick, in a road convoy from April 21 to 23, 2016.
Three government departments that have equal veto rights on defence procurement, and all have conflicting mandates that effectively "cancel each other out," notes Stuart McCarthy.
President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since the civil war there began, saying he would dispatch an extra 250 special forces soldiers to build on successes against Islamic State.
John Manley, president of the Business Council of Canada and former foreign affairs minister, says that selling light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia is good for Canada and Canadian workers, and fully justifiable on moral grounds.
The Liberals are facing calls to reopen a new peacekeeping training centre three years after the demise of Canada's former school. The new centre would be located in Kingston, Ont., near the Canadian Forces base and military college, but would be a civilian-led operation.
The B-52 Stratofortress bomber, designed and first fielded to deliver nuclear strikes on the Soviet Union during the Cold War, has dropped its first bombs on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.
North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine off its northeast coast, South Korean defence officials said, identifying Pyongyang’s latest effort to expand its military might.
Lockheed Martin Canada opened its new IMPACT Centre in Ottawa this past week with a ribbon cutting event showcasing the innovative demonstration centre.
ISSUES & IDEAS
The NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence has just published a major study of strategic communications during the Afghanistan campaign that has some important lessons for both military and private sector communicators and planners.
Australia's Chief of the Army weighs in on the future of the joint environment. The core challenge is the co-evolution of ground, air and naval forces to deliver a timely capability.