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
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada is not currently at war, but is involved instead in “a conflict that has high risk” with the so-called Islamic State.
The multi-billion dollar sole source deal to build a new fleet of warships for the Royal Canadian Navy is being reviewed by a newly-formed Cabinet committee set up to take a closer look at controversial defence procurement contracts.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan attended his first NATO Defence Ministers’ Meeting on February 10th to 11th, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and then participated in a meeting of defence ministers from countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan confirmed today that all Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed to “advise and assist” Iraqi security forces in the NATO-led Operation Impact will be able to respond “in kind” if they are attacked by so-called Islamic State fighters.
HMCS Fredericton will be among three ships that NATO has just announced it is sending to the Aegean Sea to monitor the ongoing refugee crisis.
Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials say, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.
North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that was the last major symbol of co-operation with South Korea, saying Seoul's suspension of operations at the jointly run facility was a "dangerous declaration of war."
Canada’s new strategy for countering the so-called Islamic State received a key endorsement from the United States on Wednesday, ahead of a summit of the 49 countries taking part in the effort to destroy the self-declared caliphate.
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.
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?