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Canadian F18 demonstration aircraft on display at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
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CF-18 demo pilot Captain Matthew Kutryk talks with Air Cadets of the 779 Black Knight Squadron after a fly-in at the Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton.

Photo: Sean Cann-Sheppard
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18 May - An LAV 6.0 from 1st Battalion, RCR is exposed to a simulated chemical attack in the Wainwright Garrison training area during Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE.

Photo: Sgt JF Lauzé
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19 May - Cpl Chad Doley-Bourget indicates the thumbs up for the CF-188 Hornet to return to the hangar in Keflavik, Iceland during Op REASSURANCE.

Photo: Cpl Gary Calvé
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19 May - Members of Task Force Tomahawk respond to a CH-147F Chinook helicopter crash simulation during Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE, in Wainwright, Alberta.

Photo: Cpl Andrew Wesley
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19 May - Members of Task Force Tomahawk's medical team respond to simulated casualties during Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE held in Wainwright, Alberta.

Photo: Cpl Andrew Wesley
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18 May - The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, inspects the Honour Guard on his arrival to Royal Military College in Kingston Ontario.

Photo: MCpl True-dee McCarthy
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18 May - Chief Warrant Officer Alain Guimond speaks with soldiers deployed to Pierrefonds, Quebec during Operation LENTUS.

Photo: MCpl Julie Turcotte
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16 May - Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Princess of Wales Royal Regiment pose for a photo during Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE in Wainwright, Alberta.

Photo: Sgt JF Lauzé
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15 May - A soldier from 1st Battalion, The RCR operates a C9A2 Light Machine gun mounted on a LAV 6.0 during Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE in Wainwright, Alberta.

Photo: Sgt JF Lauzé
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16 May - A convoy of LAVs decorated to identify them as a simulated enemy force, travels towards their objective during Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE in Wainwright, AB.

Photo: Cpl Andrew Wesley
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15 May - Des membres du 5e Régiment d'artillerie légère du Canada, effectuent des patrouilles de présence durant Op LENTUS 17-03 à Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola, QC.

Photo: Sgt Marc-André Gaudreault
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15 May - Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Navy personnel remove sand bags used in the flooded areas of Pierrefonds, Quebec during Operation LENTUS.

Photo: MCpl Julie Turcotte
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11 May - HMCS Montréal (336) arrives at the Port of Trois-Rivières to support Operation LENTUS 17-03 in Trois-Rivières, Québec.

Photo: Sgt Marc-André Gaudreault
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11 May - Capt Wei He of 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron poses for a photo on the flight deck of HMCS Winnipeg prior to a flight exercise on the Sea King helicopter.

Photo: Cpl Carbe Orellana
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14 May - Troops establish a defensive perimeter during Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE in Wainwright, Alberta.

Photo: Cpl Andrew Wesley
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14 May - Pvt Connor Cairns-Haire watches for enemies behind his C9 light machine gun during Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE held in Wainwright, Alberta.

Photo: Cpl Andrew Wesley
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12 May - Gnr Dawson Maranduik fires the M777 Howitzer gun during Exercise Double Dragon held in Alberta's Wainwright garrison.

Photo: Cpl Andrew Wesley
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IN THE NEWS

May 25

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency selected Boeing to design its Experimental Spaceplane, or XS-1, a new class of hypersonic aircraft that can launch to low Earth orbit in days, rather than months or years, the agency announced Wednesday.

May 25

The federal government is using a secret weapon to fight back against pressure from NATO and some allies to increase Canadian defence spending. That weapon? Figures compiled by the Department of National Defence that show how different countries calculate their defence spending compared to Canada.

May 25

One of the Canadian air force spy planes assigned to the campaign against the Islamic State has been quietly withdrawn and brought home. The CP-140 Aurora, with a suite of high-tech surveillance equipment, was one of two that had been flying missions over northern Iraq and Syria since the fall of 2014.

May 25

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Canadian Forces jet touched down in Brussels last night, he landed on a continent poised to host the NATO and G7 summits and bracing for the chaos that flew here on Air Force One.

May 25

The Liberal government plans to release its defence review on June 7, after NATO and G7 meetings with our allies. The increasing possibility of armed conflict on the Korean peninsula is a threat that should not be ignored.

May 25

Until the Boeing aircraft company challenged subsidies to Canada's Bombardier, the Liberal government considered the purchase of 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets an urgent priority. Now it appears the aircraft are just pawns in a trade war game.

May 24

A fifth suspect has now been arrested and is in custody. The police have said that at the time of his arrest, the person “was carrying a package, which we are currently assessing.”

May 24

More than 100 aircraft from eleven nations, including Canada, are taking part in Arctic Challenge Exercise 2017, organized by the Finnish, Norwegian and Danish air forces. The exercise began Monday.

May 23

Canada announced it has been awarded the contract to replace the combat management system and select subsystems for the Chilean Navy's three Type 23 frigates.

May 23

Toolcomm Technology, a company with facilities on the Capilano First Nations Reserve, will be one of the over 200 companies working on the newArctic and Offshore Patrol Ships. Toolcomm will provide specialized VoIP and High Frequency Radios.

May 23

The RCAF demonstration team's specially marked 'Maple Leaf" CF-18 stopped for fuel at Nantucket Island on Monday and then gave an impromptu airshow for residents before departing. The aircraft had been in the southeastern United States over the weekend.

May 22

Six CF-18 fighter jets and about 180 RCAF personnel are taking part in a month-long deployment to Keflavik Air Force Base in Iceland, in support of NATO's Operation Reassurance. Iceland does not maintain military forces.

May 19

Nearly 5,000 military personnel are at CFB Wainwright in Alberta, taking part in the largest and most comprehensive military exercise of the year. Exercise Maple Resolve allows the military to practise their skills in a setting as realistic as possible for when they are deployed.

May 19

The Pentagon acquisition system has gotten so bad that it is undermining the nation’s military and literally obstructing modernization efforts, a panel of independent advisers told the House Armed Services Committee this week. Representatives of the congressionally-mandated “809 panel” painted an alarming picture of the state of defense procurement.

May 19

While the U.S. Air Force needs to change the way it thinks about space operations, creating a separate “Space Corps” isn’t the right answer, at least right now, the service’s top general said Wednesday.

May 19

The informally named “Iron Man” suit that U.S. Special Operations has been developing will start to come together over the next 18 months with a first prototype expected to be fully built by the end of 2018.

May 19

A top Ukrainian politician visited Ottawa Thursday to renew a request for defensive weapons to fend off Russia-backed rebels and ask Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for help shoring up support for Kiev both within the Trump administration and among other Group of Seven countries.

May 19

An RCAF Snowbird demonstration aircraft almost crashed at an airshow in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in early May after coming too close to another aircraft. The team cancelled its upcoming appearances and returned to its base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for more training.

May 19

US aircraft maker Boeing has accused Canada's Bombardier of selling civilian jets under fair market value. In return, Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign minister has hinted this country may need to review its $2 billion purchase of 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighters.

May 18

As part of it's pending Defence Policy Review (expected to be released on June 7th), the government today announced its intent to exempt military salaries of deployed personnel at ranks up to and including Lieutenant-Colonel. This tax relief will also apply to police officers deployed on international operational missions.

May 18

LCol Mason Stalker was relieved of command of 2nd Battalion, PPCLI after facing charges of sexual misconduct in 2015. The charges were dropped and Mason is suing the military for conducting a negligent, malicious investigation.

May 17

Australia revealed details of a massive shipbuilding strategy on May 16, its largest peacetime naval investment, with plans to construct dozens of new submarines and frigates to shore up its defence capabilities.

May 17

A major component of the Liberal government's plan to return Canada to peacekeeping involves using Canadian soldiers to train and mentor other, less experienced United Nations forces, say defence and government sources.

May 17

Canadians will see their new defence policy on June 7, but defence ministers from Britain, Australia and New Zealand have already been told the broad outlines of the Liberal government's plan. Defence minister Harjit Sajjan discussed the policy with his counterparts at a meeting last week in Copenhagen.

May 17

NATO members are being asked to contribute soldiers for a renewed mission in Afghanistan. A formal requet is expected at the NATO summit in Brussels on May 25.

ISSUES & IDEAS

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A number of scenarios that affect Canada and Russia are converging, and Canada now has its hands full responding to this growing complexity in the relationship, says Rob Huebert.

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Miniaturization of nuclear weapons and their combination with precision-guided munitions in an attempt to make them “safer” is a most dangerous road, says David Bercuson.

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The long-awaited Defence Policy Review will be unveiled June 7, two weeks after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a NATO heads of government meeting in Brussels. Defence Minister Sajjan confirmed the date to reporters on Parliament Hill, and revealed that Canada has been “working with our allies” on policy development.

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