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
Two former employees of the Canadian Coast Guard and the Department of National Defence are facing charges in Halifax following a drug investigation with ties to Colombian and Mexican drug cartels.
Canada’s controversial $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia will be exempt from a global arms trade treaty that the Trudeau Liberals promised they would sign if they won office, Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion’s department says.
At a press conference today, MND announced that Canada will pull all six of its CF-18s from coalition efforts against Daesh terrorists in Syria. The only RCAF assets left contributing to the allied effort will be the Polaris tanker planes and the Aurora surveillance aircraft as the remaining contribution to Operation Impact.
Canada's defence minister acknowledges the risks to Canadian troops serving in Iraq, as the federal government refocuses military efforts on training Iraqis to fight Islamic State militants.
The U.S. has headed off a potential controversy by giving the Liberal government a thumbs-up over its plan to stop bombing ISIL in Iraq and Syria, and instead concentrate on military training, diplomacy and aid.
Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose says it's "shameful" that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pulling back from the combat mission against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, even as the United States lauds the new Canadian contribution.
Jim Quick, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, has issued a statement in response to the federal government's announcement that it has amended its sanctions against Iran in order to bring Canada’s position in line with those of other world powers, including the United States and EU member states.
About 2,500 Canadian Army soldiers from the Regular Force, Primary Reserve and the Canadian Rangers, will be training until March in several areas of Canada’s North. The Canadian Army aims to maintain and sharpen its operational capabilities in austere Arctic environments.
The Liberal government is expected to finally lay out Canada's contribution to the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has scheduled a news conference for today in Ottawa where he'll be joined by the defence and international development ministers.
Canada's defence department advised the former minister of defence not to buy two French Mistral-class amphibious vessels because of how their cost might affect the NSPS. Despite this, the defence minister was told the exact opposite six weeks later by Canada's top general, documents obtained through the Access to Information Act reveal.
The Royal Australian Navy commissioned HMAS Adelaide, its second Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship, a sister ship to HMAS Canberra. These 230-meter-long sips are the largest vessels ever built for the RAN.
The Canadian Army is hosting five countries on Exercise ROGUISH BUOY 2016, running from January 31 to March 1 in the vicinity of Comox Lake, British Columbia.
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?
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?