15 Feb - Hon Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence poses with the rest of the defence ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
IN THE NEWS
The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding are extending the Canadian Surface Combatant Request for Proposal submission deadline. Originally due on April 27, 2017, submissions will now be received until June 22, 2017.
The pro-trade show of solidarity that Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are likely to make in Berlin later today will mask differences in how to deal with Donald Trump's call for NATO members to boost military spending.
Canada expects to make significant new investments in defence following the forthcoming release of its defence policy review, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Thursday as he met with NATO leaders in Brussels.
Michael Byers: It is possible, within the NATO definition of “defence expenditure,” to take a more expansive view of what constitutes defence spending.
Public Works and Procurement Canada has extended the deadline for bids on the Canadian Surface Combatant program from the end of April to June 22. Many of the companies expected to submit bids had complained of insufficient time to prepare required documentation.
Three Chinese warships including the aircraft carrier Liaoning carried out a week of exercises in the South China Sea, including weapons firing. On Wednesday, the government of China warned the United States not to challenge its sovereignty in the region.
A row over defence spending has erupted in the United Kingdom after a respected think tank said the Government was breaking its promise on spending two per cent of GDP on the military budget.
Canada says it's satisfied with the terms of its Canadian Surface Combatant project following criticism from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. Fincantieri had warned the Canadian government that it won’t bid on a new program to build a fleet of future surface combatants unless significant changes to the project are made and foreign firms are given more of a role.
Canadian soldiers in dangerous situations can claim tax exemptions worth up to $1800 a month, but RCAF aircrew operating over Iraq do not qualify. Tory defence critic James Bezan has called on the government to review tax breaks for Canadian Forces members on duty in the Middle East.
It’s been no secret that the F-35’s nine-figure price tag has been falling. This article charts the costs and offers insight into the process.
With a deadline looming in late April to submit bids for work on the Canadian Surface Combatant, companies are having trouble getting crucial information from the government of Canada. Potential bidders say both prime contractor Irving Shipbuilding and Public Services and Procurement Canada are slow to answer questions.
A poster in Gdansk, Poland invites workers to join the next generation of shipbuilders in Poland. In an email an Irving spokesperson said its 95 percent Canadian workforce sometimes requires expertise that can only be found abroad.
Following discussions on this topic at NATO meetings today, Defence Critic James Bezan calls on the Liberal government to budget more funds and finally fulfill the spending target agreed to 10 years ago.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, warned that the amount of American support for NATO could depend on whether other countries meet their own spending commitments.
Some 200 soldiers from Edmonton are preparing to deploy to Ukraine — though with everyone waiting to see whether the mission there will be extended, exactly how long they will be staying is anyone’s guess.
Exercise CASTOR BORÉAL, running from February 10 to 18, brings 600 soldiers from 5 Canadian Mechanized Battle Group to the Goose Bay, Labrador airport to simulate the attack and defence of a strategic position.
Former MP and retired RCAF fighter pilot Laurie Hawn has received a request from the air force to quit his position as honorary colonel. He had publicly criticized the interim acquisition of Super Hornet jets, which the military said constituted political advocacy incompatible with his status.
Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will be in Europe from February 15 to 18 to participate in the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting and the Counter-ISIS Defence Ministerial, held in Brussels, Belgium, as well as the Munich Security Conference, taking place in Munich, Germany.
Hamas has named a shadowy militant commander as its new leader in the Gaza Strip, placing one of the Islamic group’s most hardline figures in charge of its core power base.
Having someone make swift decisions would save time and money on the National Shipbuilding Strategy, according to the government’s two key shipbuilders. Both Irving Shipyard in Halifax and Seaspan in Vancouver have recommended Ottawa take a page from other seafaring nations and hire someone to act as a single point of accountability and decision-making in shipbuilding.
Rights group accuses Syria of eight chemical attacks, killing at least nine people during offensive to retake key town.
President Donald Trump’s embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night, following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia. His departure upends Trump’s senior team after less than one month in office.
Royal Canadian Navy clearance diver Lt Mike St-Pierre, on exchange with UK forces, supervised the removal of an 80 year old Luftwaffe bomb from the Thames River near the Houses of Parliament. The bomb was floated to a remote location and safely detonated.
A Congressional study carried out by naval personnel, government bureaucrats and contractors echoes the official call for more ships but foresees fewer people. The Alternative Future Fleet paper calls for smaller aircraft carriers and uncrewed submarines and patrol boats.
The United States, Japan and South Korea have requested urgent diplomatic talks at the United Nations on Monday over North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch, with Seoul condemning what it called "serious military and security threats" and predicting more such tests.
ISSUES & IDEAS
Canada is in default of its treaty obligations under Article 3 of the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty; it is time to examine the cold, hard facts – and make changes.
I have been very critical of the 100% politically motivated plan to buy 18 “interim” Super Hornets for some time and the story only gets worse. We could fill the fabricated “capability gap” with much cheaper options.