12 May – 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron pilots, Capt Jeff McIsaac and Capt Dan Desjardins, and flight engineer, MCpl Mike Buggie, in the CC-130H Hercules flight deck during TigerEx.
IN THE NEWS
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has pushed the purchase of new fighter jets to the top of his priority list, stating the current fleet of CF-18s can hardly fulfill its domestic and international mandates.
Canadians will not know the price tag for the navy's frigate replacements – the largest, most complex military purchase in the country's history – until the ink is dry on the contract, Procurement Minister Judy Foote said Thursday.
Canadians deserve to know more about how the government is spending their dollars on a massive shipbuilding program, Procurement Minister Judy Foote said Thursday. But, just minutes after saying that, Foote declined to answer questions from journalists about the problem-plagued program and was whisked away in a waiting vehicle.
The US nuclear weapons force still uses a 1970s-era computer system and 8-inch floppy disks, a government report has revealed.
As of May 16, there were still 424 medically discharged veterans waiting on the priority list to be hired, despite the fact that more than 20,000 people were appointed to government positions between July 2015 and April 2016.
The chief of staff to Procurement Minister Judy Foote sat in an F-35 simulator and fought against fake enemy jets at a military trade show in Ottawa, offering a clear sense that the once-maligned Lockheed-Martin aircraft remains in the race to replace Canada’s fleet of CF-18s.
The Trudeau government is expected to soon unveil "the way forward" on the navy's multibillion-dollar frigate replacement program following a high-level meeting with companies competing to design the warships.
DND has awarded Meggitt Target Systems a five-year Standing Offer, worth up to $35 million, for surface and aerial target systems (with provisions for two additional years).
A new L-3 company, L-3 Communications Systems – Canada, plans to open a maritime domain Design, Engineering and Support facility with a team of highly specialized design, software and systems engineers. The communications system laboratory will provide an integration test bed and demonstration environment for future maritime communications architectures for the Royal Canadian Navy’s submarine and surface fleets.
CADSI is defending the controversial $15-billion sale of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia by an Ontario company. CADSI President Christyn Cianfarani said Wednesday said it is the responsibility of her industry to follow the rules set by the government.
Canada’s defence industry contributed $6.7 billion in GDP, $10 billion in revenues and 63,000 jobs to the Canadian economy in 2014, according to a new report developed by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Statistics Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries.
Defence Minister Sajjan hosted an informative roundtable meeting with key stakeholders in Yellowknife yesterday as part of public consultations to inform a new defence policy for Canada.
Homes not Bombs, which calls itself a “nonviolent direct action group”, held two demonstrations in opposition to Canada’s largest annual military trade show, CANSEC16, on Tuesday, May 24.
The Afghan Taliban named an Islamic legal scholar who was one of former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s deputies to succeed him on Wednesday, after confirming Mansour’s death in a U.S. drone strike at the weekend.
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal is ordering the government to re-evaluate a rejected bid submitted by U.S. defence firm Oshkosh Defence for two military vehicle contracts worth $834-million — and compensate the firm for expenses incurred during the tribunal process.
Canada's top general says military intervention in Libya is not inevitable, but he's actively assessing options so he can advise the government on a possible way forward.
Irving Shipbuilding is pitching the Liberal government on a plan to construct a ship specifically designed to aid in a humanitarian crisis. The Halifax shipyard would take a commercial roll-on/roll off vessel and convert it to carry a hospital, medical supplies and emergency equipment to respond to a variety of humanitarian missions.
A Kurdish led and U.S. backed offensive in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa aims to put pressure on ISIL and force a reaction from the leadership in their self proclaimed capital city.
A challenge by Osh-kosh defence over the awarding of the $834M truck replacement deal to Mack defense has resulted in the International Trade Tribunal issuing a ruling that calls for PPC to re-evaluate the award and possibly compensate Osh-kosh for lost revenue.
Australia's first Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multi-mission aircraft completed its maiden flight in the United States on 24 May and will be flown to Australia in late 2016, the Australian Department of Defence announced.
Even though taxpayers had spent tens of thousands of dollars training Master Corporal Kelly Carter to do his job, he quickly learned that his years of service to Canada meant little to federal employers.
The identity of the last of four British jailers El Shafee Elsheikh a 27-year-old Londoner whose family fled Suddan in the 1990's. Elsheikh was indentified through a joint Post and Buzzfeed news investigation.
ISIL has breached Assad held strongholds which until now have been relatively secure during the Russian supported civil war war. The near simultaneous blasts at civilian targets mark a major security breach.
Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour was killed by a U.S. drone strike over the weekend.
Military police conducted 135 sexual assault and misconduct investigations last year, a one-third increase from 2014, CBC News has learned.
ISSUES & IDEAS
May 20 - The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the most technically complex and advanced warship the world has ever seen, the future USS Zumwalt.
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.