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Announcing the long-awaited Defence Policy, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan stated that the Canadian military would see funding grow by more than $70 billion in 10 years.

Against a global backdrop of decreasing personnel deployments in all kinds of peacekeeping operations, Canada stepped up to the plate again May 29 with a four-year extension of its participation in Operation ARTEMIS counterterrorism and maritime security in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean.

The long-awaited Defence Policy Review will be unveiled June 7, two weeks after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a NATO heads of government meeting in Brussels. Defence Minister Sajjan confirmed the date to reporters on Parliament Hill, and revealed that Canada has been “working with our allies” on policy development.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau has suggested that the Defence Policy Review, initiated by the Liberal government more than a year ago, will be made public within the next two weeks.

The ability of the Canadian Armed Forces to carry out core roles have been undermined by successive government, a critical situation which Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said May 3 will require “significant” new funding.

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.

Plans and processes for improving the safety of Canadian Armed Forces personnel at all facilities should continue to be strengthened, said a House of Commons Standing Committee report to parliament.

The federal government is ready to hold back some 10 percent of the Department of National Defence’s funding.

A new report from that Senate Committee on National Security and Defence is proposing to revolutionize peacekeeping.

Peacekeepers do more than monitor ceasefires and separate warring parties; they manage conflicts within fragile states and facilitate peacebuilding and development. However, the results of these multi-dimensional missions is mixed.

Richard Fadden, who announced his retirement last week after nearly 40 years of public service, told CBC Radio's As It Happens that while ISIS does not pose an "existential" threat to Canada, it is accomplishing its prime objective of breeding terror.

As the world is reeling from another massive terror attack in Europe, the Liberal govt’s first budget includes a “steadfast” commitment to enhancing security. 

Defence Minister Sajjan explains the government support efforts in the fight against Daesh.

Although the words “veteran”, “defence” and “military” appeared only once each in the new Liberal government’s Speech from the Throne...

The new Liberal administration is moving quickly on its campaign promise to have an open competition to replace the RCAF's aging fighter fleet.

The new ministers of National Defence and Veterans Affairs in the federal cabinet, while brand-new to Parliament, offer a potential message of cautious optimism to the military community from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The new Liberal government-in-waiting in Ottawa evidently is about to call “eject, eject, eject” on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for the Royal Canadian Air Force. While not a surprise, given the Liberals’ frequently-stated position while they were a rump presence in the House of Commons after the 2011 election, that they would set in motion a whole new review of potential replacements for the RCAF’s augmented fleet of Boeing CF-188 Hornet fighters.

There’s a body of opinion which holds that retired military officers should eschew politics, that lending their names and/or ranks to a political campaign is a form of prostitution, and that using their experience and leadership skills in the civilian world is somehow "wrong".