23 Apr - Canadian Rangers from the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group load supplies in Iqaluit, Nunavut in preparation for Exercise KA TIT TUT.
IN THE NEWS
Two new Transportation and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering buildings to be constructed at 3 Wing Bagotville.
After details of a November 2015 cabinet decision on shipbuilding were leaked to the media, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intervened directly to press the RCMP to find the source. A lengthy investigation led to allegations against VAdm Mark Norman, then Vice Chief Defence Staff who was suspended from duty.
New figures indicate Canadian defence spending has dropped to a post-war low of 0.88 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The United States is putting pressure on its allies to increase their defence spending to 2.0 percent of GDP.
HMCS Saskatoon seizes 464 kg and assists in disruption of an estimated 1,500 kg of cocaine in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard during Operation Caribbe.
The French Defence Ministry today announced the attribution to DCNS of a contract for the development and construction of five intermediate-size frigates intended for the French Navy. DCNS will propose a French version of its new BELH@RRA frigate.
Should the tense standoff on the Korean Peninsula escalate into war, the United Nations could come calling on Canada for a military commitment. But Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Friday the Trudeau government would prefer to focus its attention on diplomacy.
The alleged abuse of Canadian soldiers at the hands of their own military during training exercises was widespread during the '80s and '90s, according to former military members.
On Friday Apr 21, an Ontario Superior Court justice lifted the publication ban and ruled to unseal large sections of a redacted RCMP affidavit concerning the criminal investigation of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman for alleged breach of trust in leaking government secrets. Justice Phillips’s decision is stayed for seven days to allow VAdm Norman’s legal team to consider an appeal, having previously argued that releasing the documents would jeopardize potential jury impartiality.
Former CSIS director Richard Fadden says the lack of explanation around the suspension of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is unprecedented. “It’s never happened,” Fadden told Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period, during a roundtable discussion airing Sunday. “I think we’ll have to wait what the RCMP comes up with but I’m particularly concerned with the amount of time it’s taking.”
From 17 to 30 April Latvia's Adazi national training range is hosting more than 1,200 personnel from Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States in an exercise on manoeuvres.
Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance has announced a number of promotions and retirements that will take place this year.
France began picking itself up Friday from another deadly shooting claimed by ISIS, with President Francois Hollande convening the government's security council and his would-be successors in the presidential election campaign treading carefully before voting this weekend.
CAF personnel who retire from Joint Personnel Support Units will remain in uniform until all their paperwork is done and their pension payments are ready. However, LGen Chuck Lamarre, head of military personnel was unable to say when all retired members would receive their pensions.
Brigadier-General Shane Brennan assumed command today of the Joint Personnel Support Unit, a national unit dedicated to supporting ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members.
Kazakhstan is to acquire two more Airbus C295 transport aircraft following the signature of a new contract with Airbus Defence and Space.
Backtracking from a move that would see compensation rules change mid-deployment, the Government has approved Minister Sajjan’s request to grandfather the hardship and risk levels for the locations of Arifjan and Ali Al Salem in Kuwait for CAF members currently deployed on Operation Impact.
The Government of Canada renewed the Space Advisory Board with the appointment of new members and a new mandate.
Oshkosh Defense has announced today that it has been awarded multiple delivery orders from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command to recapitalize its family of heavy tactical vehicles. Overall, the awards are valued at more than $US 258 million for the recapitalization of 670 vehicles and the production of an additional 356 accompanying trailers.
Ever since U.S. President Donald Trump’s election win in November, international governments and industry have tried to sort out what his "America First" policies would mean for the global partnerships that define the defence industry in 2017.
What does Sajjan have to say about the comments made by Amarinder Singh, the top elected official in India’s Punjab province? Here is part of a question and answer with Canadian journalists yesterday.
Former veterans ombudsman Pat Stogran is expected to confirm Thursday his intention to seek the federal NDP leadership. The retired Canadian Armed Forces colonel is set to make an announcement at a downtown Ottawa hotel.
Two Russian long-range bombers flew about 100 miles off the Alaskan coast on Monday night, the first time since President Donald Trump took office that Moscow has sent warplanes so close to the United States, the military said Tuesday.
The troubled acquisition of Cyclone maritime helicopters by the Royal Canadian Air Force has run into computer troubles. Only a handful of aircraft are available for training and testing but an unexplained computer malfunction has kept all of them on the ground since March 10.
Soldiers from 1 Canadian Mechanized Battle Group (1 CMBG) trained with their US Army counterparts in Washington State and Texas April 4 to 11 in Exercise Warfighter. The commander of 1 CMBG Bill Fletcher said the exercise allowed the Canadians to train at the Corps and Division level.
China defended its trade practices on Tuesday after Chinese-made vehicles were seen towing ballistic missiles during a North Korea military parade despite international sanctions against selling military hardware to Pyongyang.
ISSUES & IDEAS
An April 24 report to Congressional committees reviewing the program, the GAO said the DOD should not commit any more money to developing “future capabilities” of the F-35 before resolving issues with the baseline Joint Strike fighter.
“We need to have a political solution,” Defence Minister Sajjan told reporters when pressed for details about Syria. Sajjan said the fundamental instability of Syria, even in the long term, means Assad has to go.