Dec 22 – Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence and his staff discover the beauty of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque during a visit to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
IN THE NEWS
Delivery of the Canadian military’s new armoured vehicles has been delayed once again after problems were found with the steering systems of the vehicles ordered under the $1.2-billion program.
National Defence is embarking on an overhaul of its oft-maligned support units for ill and injured soldiers, The Canadian Press has learned.
The Russian submarine fleet has returned to the North Atlantic with such gusto that NATO sub commanders are reporting “more activity from Russian submarines than we’ve seen since the days of the Cold War,” according to a top NATO admiral.
The Liberal government will unveil its new plan for fighting the Islamic State in days. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau confirmed the pending announcement in a telephone call with reporters from London Thursday.
Registration for the CDA and CDA Institute Conference on Security and Defence, to be held February 18-19 at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, is now open.
Turkish Embassy spokesperson responds to questions on the Open Skies Treaty Observation Flight over Turkey that could not be conducted by the Russian Federation and on Statements of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov concerning the violation of Turkish airspace by the Russian aircraft.
A new NATO report estimates Canada spent just one per cent of GDP on defence last year, leaving it in the bottom third of allies. Only Italy and Spain, whose economies have been struggling, Luxembourg Belgium, and Eastern European members Slovenia, Hungary and the Czech Republic ranked lower.
At least two of the companies bidding to provide Canada's long-delayed, new fixed-wing search planes had to rent moving vans to submit the tonnes of paperwork required by the bureaucrats evaluating the project.
Two members of a Canadian warship have been charged with drug offences in Japan, the navy says. The charges follow a port visit to Tokyo by HMCS Winnipeg, a Halifax-class frigate with a crew of about 250 personnel.
People listen when Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says that he won't mess up defence policy as the last guys did, says the CBC's Terry Milewski. But what he has not explained to date is how, exactly, the other guys messed up.
French Consul General in Vancouver Jean-Christophe Fleury will bestow nine Medals of the Legion d’Honneur, one of France’s highest distinctions, to Canadian D-Day veterans during an official ceremony to be held at Alberta Legislature Building on February 8th.
The University of New Brunswick (UNB) today launched the 2016 Conference of its Milton F. Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society. This year’s Conference focuses on the Human Dimension of Warfare as it relates to the Canadian Army.
Are Canadian soldiers, following a decade of militaristic tub-thumping by the former Conservative government, inordinately prepared for war, at the expense of peacekeeping and diplomacy?
The Canadian government has no immediate plans to take advantage of military bases ready to house refugees, and is instead renting hotel rooms despite cities requesting a resettlement slowdown.
An international customer has awarded Rheinmetall Defence a multimillion-euro order to modernize its Skyguard air defence systems. The order is worth €390 million ($CDN 593 million). Delivery will take place between 2017 and 2020.
Zaynab Khadr, the famously outspoken eldest child of Canada’s most notorious family, who has publicly praised Osama bin Laden and yearned for her own martyrdom, has been detained in Turkey. It is not clear whether she has been arrested or charged, and Turkish diplomats in Ottawa could offer no details on Monday.
Canada's top general says the Canadian Armed Forces's new sexual misconduct response centre has fielded more than 100 complaints of sexual assault or harassment since it opened in September, resulting in eight investigations.
A Senate committee has been told there is a shortfall of tens of billions of dollars between funding that's been set aside for military equipment and the actual price tag for what the military says it needs.
The Trudeau government has promised to get Canada back into the peacekeeping business, but a new report from two independent think tanks says the military is ill-prepared for the task.
GE Canada announced it recently extended a contract with Public Services and Procurement Canada to provide maintenance and logistics support services for a 15th year. The contract covers the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) fleet of LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines that power Halifax-class patrol frigates.
The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance, released online today the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) first progress report on addressing inappropriate sexual behaviour.
Irving Shipbuilding has fired back at the CBC about its news report detailing problems with the Canadian Coast Guard’s mid-shore patrol ships.
The Canadian government is busy promoting Canada’s defence industry in Kuwait even as a United Nations report accuses a Saudi-led coalition, which includes Kuwait, of “widespread and systematic” bombing of civilians in Yemen.
Veterans Affairs most recent plans and priorities report shows that the department under-spent its budget by $200 million last year. As the Canadian Press reported Sunday, the department seems perpetually unable to get money out the door.
The Defence Department will get a boost this year in the value of items it can purchase on its own after successfully arguing that this would help to solve some of the problems plaguing the federal procurement system.
ISSUES & IDEAS
General Vance admonishes The Chronicle Herald for an editorial cartoon that insinuates the CAF has some issues with the subjugation of women.
Tomorrow, the defence ministers from six nations will meet in Paris to discuss an acceleration and intensification of the coalition's efforts against the Islamic State. Canada will not be present. What does this absence mean?