IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Mar 13, 2018

The U.S. Navy has embarked on a $1 million research project to determine whether surfing has therapeutic value, especially for military personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or sleep problems.

Mar 13, 2018

Several groups are urging the government to reopen the inquiry into the death of a Somali 25 years ago at the hands of a Canadian soldier, Clayton  Matchee. They claim an anti-malarial drug called Mefloquine taken by soldiers could be implicated in the murder.

Mar 12, 2018

DND recently announced the following General officer and flag officer promotions, appointments and retirements that have recently occurred, and those that will occur in 2018. Full listing here.

Mar 12, 2018

The current procurement system sets a clear line between the customer - the Canadian military - and the buyer - Public Services and Procurement Canada. VAdm Mark Norman will go on trial for allegedly crossing that line, but his case may question whether that line should exist at all.

Mar 12, 2018

The online GoFundMe account to pay VAdm Mark Norman's legal fees has reset its target to $200,000 after he was charged with one count of breach of trust. The site has raised more than $75,000 to date. Visit the site.

Mar 09, 2018

Podcast debate on the motion "Humanitarian Intervention Does More Harm Than Good". Doctors Without Borders' co-founder Bernard Kouchner, and Kori Schake former French Minister of Health and Humanitarian Affairs, and State and Defense Departments, will defend the military's role in halting human rights abuses. They are opposed by Frank Ledwidge, a former British military intelligence officer who served in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and Columbia University military intervention researcher Rajan Menon.

Mar 09, 2018

With date and place still undecided, the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump will soon meet. The South Korean national security adviser says Kim is willing to discuss his country's nuclear and missile programs.

Mar 08, 2018

The Department of National Defence already has $39 million to evaluate the bids for a new fleet of warships, but now it is asking for another $54 million. Over the years, the estimated cost to replace the Royal Canadian Navy's frigate fleet has tripled.

Mar 07, 2018

The shortcomings of a U.N. Security Council resolution urging a cease-fire were clear as the first aid convoy to reach the area this year halted operations amid continued shelling and airstrikes.

Mar 07, 2018

The 2018 federal budget has almost no new spending for Canadian Forces capital procurement, and lack of experienced program managers means even allocated money is not being used.

Mar 07, 2018

The head of South Korean national security says North Korea is ready for talks with the United States on dismantling its nuclear weapons program. The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has also agreed to stop testing nuclear weapons and missiles during talks with the United States.

Mar 06, 2018

A piece of prized World War II U.S. naval history, the wreckage of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, which was sunk by the Japanese, was found on the seabed in waters 3,000 metres deep, more than 800 kilometres off Australia's east coast.

Mar 06, 2018

The investigation into the possible poisoning of the Russian spy Sergei Skripal gained new momentum as Scotland Yard announced its counter-terrorism police would take charge, and the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, promised a “robust” response if the Kremlin’s role in the case was proved.

Mar 06, 2018

A Russian military cargo plane crashed as it was descending to land at an air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 people onboard, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

Mar 06, 2018

DND wants to get an early start on cutting steel for the navy's new support ships, hoping to keep the multi-billion-dollar project from slipping farther behind schedule. The plan would see some work on the two support ships begin in Vancouver later this year, taking advantage of a lull in the construction of two science vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Mar 06, 2018

If you spot a sleek Bombardier Global 6000 business jet sporting tail number ZS-OAK, the federal government would love to hear from you. The jet belonged to South Africa’s notorious Gupta family, but the Guptas bought the plane with help from a $41-million loan from Export Development Canada.

Mar 06, 2018

The Royal Canadian Navy is making changes to the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter. Testing revealed the aircraft's sonar system could create problems during shipboard landings.

Mar 06, 2018

A small team of 19 Spanish-speaking Canadian soldiers was prepared for peacekeeping duties in Colombia in 2016 but Ottawa delayed the deployment until the United Nations had completed its roster with troops from other countries.

Mar 05, 2018

For the first time since the Vietnam War, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier is paying a visit to a Vietnamese port, seeking to bolster both countries' efforts to stem expansionism by China in the South China Sea. The USS Carl Vinson brings more than 5,000 crewmembers to the central coastal city of Danang.

Mar 05, 2018

A Canadian who admitted to plotting a terrorist attack on New York City is pleading for "a second chance". In the letter filed to a New York court, Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy of Mississauga, Ont., outlined his personal history with addiction and mental illness, and explained that he felt American airstrikes against the Middle East drove him to jihadism.

Mar 05, 2018

The federal government has warned companies hoping to sell Canada new fighter aircraft not to speak with journalists. Public Services and Procurement Canada defends the media blackout because "fighter aircraft and their component systems are sensitive, heavily controlled goods."

Mar 02, 2018

A promised infusion of cash to help Veterans Affairs Canada address a massive backlog of requests for services from thousands of wounded warriors has sparked mixed reactions. The new money, included in this week’s federal budget, amounts to $42 million over two years and is specifically earmarked to speed up the delivery of services to disabled veterans.

Mar 02, 2018

The Trudeau government is working on legislation to bring Canada's arms export rules in line with the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty but some critics say it leaves loopholes that defeat the proposed law’s purpose.

Mar 02, 2018

The Trudeau government is studying the replacement of the RCAF's five-aircraft fleet of CC-150 transports. Acquired in 1992, the fleet has had recent mechanical difficulties during prime ministerial flights.

Mar 01, 2018

The Russian military accused Syria’s rebels of shelling a humanitarian corridor that Moscow set up with the Syrian government, offering residents of Damascus’ besieged eastern suburbs a way out of the embattled enclave

Mar 01, 2018

Hurricane Irma had just struck the area, and there was no shortage of debris on the beaches. Park ranger Zack Johnson, a former Navy man, decided to take a closer look at this particular pile of flotsam, and soon found his attention drawn to faded, stenciled text on one of the straps: “LT (P) TROY.”

Mar 01, 2018

An RCAF CH-146 Griffon helicopter dropped an inflatable raft on a Miami home Wednesday afternoon. Debris from the damaged roof narrowly missing a sleeping woman. The military is investigating how the raft became detached from the aircraft.

Feb 28, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Feb. 28 that a commitment of “more than $750 million” to enhanced cybersecurity, announced the previous day in the Liberal government’s third budget, is among “the early steps towards making sure that Canadians are protected” by a suite of federal agencies. 

Feb 28, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is optimistic that companies in the Canadian defence and aerospace sectors can do more business with India, which has one of the largest standing military forces in the world.

Feb 28, 2018

Nigeria's military says it has rescued more than 1,100 people, including women and children, who had been held by Boko Haram extremists in different parts of the Lake Chad region near Cameroon.

Feb 28, 2018

With major weapons programs already in progress or somewhere in the future, the federal budget has focused  new spending on cyber and national security defences. Several departments will see new and continuing funding to fight both criminal and state-sponsored hackers.

Feb 27, 2018

The Canadian government says it is planning a simpler approach to how it buys goods and services from small and medium-size enterprises in the defence and other sectors.

Feb 27, 2018

The federal government confirmed on Feb. 27 that it is planning to legislate a three-option “pension for life” program for ill or injured Canadian Armed Forces veterans.

Feb 27, 2018

Vladimir Putin defied the UN by ordering a series of brief daily ceasefires in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta but refusing to meet the Security Council’s demand for a full 30-day truce across all of Syria.

Feb 27, 2018

Canada is legalizing marijuana, and Gen Jonathan Vance, Chief of Defence Staff  says the military is working on guidelines for Canadian Forces members. Gen Vance does not believe there will be a ban on marijuana use but there will probably be restrictions, similar to those now in place for alcohol use.

Feb 26, 2018

About 350 Canadian Armed Forces members will take part in Operation Nunalivut 2018. The annual sovereignty operation in the High Arctic takes place this year in Resolute Bay and Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, from February 23 to March 21, 2018.

Feb 26, 2018

Canadian Army Reserve soldiers will participate in winter survival training with the United States’ Alaska National Guard in Fort Greely, Alaska as part of Exercise Arctic Eagle from February 25 to March 8, 2018.

Feb 26, 2018

In January, the Conference Board of Canada released a report entitled The Economic Impact of Canada’s Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship Program. Funded by Irving's Halifax Shipyard, it purports to assesses economic impacts of the Halifax Shipyard’s facilities modernization and of building six Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), yet reads like a promotional brochure and neglects to mention many vital facts.

Feb 26, 2018

The Veterans Affairs Minister, Seamus O’Regan, responds to criticisms of his government's Pension for Life program.

Feb 26, 2018

The Department of National Defence says HMCS Calgary spilled 30,000 litres of fuel in the Strait of Georgia on Saturday morning. The incident occurred during an internal fuel transfer.

Feb 23, 2018

The Royal Canadian Navy claimed recently that its new supply vessel could not travel into a combat environment. Davie Shipbuilding, the company that converted MV Asterix for military service said it could be used in combat if bureaucrats reversed their decision not to install defensive weapons to save money.

Feb 23, 2018

Boeing has not decided whether it will bid to build Canada's future jet fighter fleet, but the government has approved the aircraft company to participate in an impending competition. Boeing is one of five companies potential bidders.

Feb 22, 2018

The crowd gathered at a makeshift cemetery in Douma, a neighbourhood of Eastern Ghouta, to say a few brief prayers and bury seven people killed in a bomb blast that morning. As they began laying the bodies into the earth a jet streaked overhead and fired a rocket into the crowd.

Feb 22, 2018

Canadians could be paying more than $1.5 billion extra as the operating life of the military’s aging CF-18 fighter jets is extended for another 14 years. That would be on top of the $500 million the Liberal government has set aside to buy 18 used Australian F-18s as a stop-gap until it can acquire new planes.

Feb 22, 2018

In early December, former NHL player Dave "Tiger" Williams was charged with assault and sexual assault after a military flight carying entertainers to Canadian soldiers in Latvia. Evidence has emerged of heavy drinking on the Canadian Forces aircraft.

Feb 21, 2018

Aid agencies, including the Red Cross and World Food Programme, are calling for an urgent ceasefire to allow them to reach the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta, as rockets and barrel bombs dropped by pro-regime forces killed dozens more people on the fourth day of an intense assault.

Feb 21, 2018

Repair and maintenance contracts for Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft are now open for bids from Canadian companies. Procurement Canada posted a request for information in late January. Canadian aerospace companies already provide parts and subsystems for F-35 production.

Feb 21, 2018

MV Asterix, the Canadian navy's new supply ship will not operate in dangerous environments, according to the commander of Canada's Atlantic Fleet, Commodore Craig Skjerpen. The conversion of Asterix for military service will be completed in March 2018.

Strategic Outlook for Canada released by CDA Institute
Feb 20, 2018

The 2018 edition of the annual Strategic Outlook for Canada, which looks at key security and defence issues facing Canada into the future, was released by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute.  This year, Kim Richard Nossal, Jim Boutilier, James Fergusson, Andrea Charron, Charles Davies and Ross Fetterly examine a wide range of international and domestic topics, that are relevant to executing the Canadian defence policy.

Feb 20, 2018

Colonel Bruce MacGregor, Director of Military Prosecutions, has announced the appointment of Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Poland as a Special Prosecutor to carry out military prosecution duties relating to the charges laid recently against the Chief Military Judge, Colonel Mario Dutil.

Feb 20, 2018

Colonel Bruce MacGregor, Director of Military Prosecutions, has announced the appointment of Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Poland as a Special Prosecutor to carry out military prosecution duties relating to the charges laid recently against the Chief Military Judge, Colonel Mario Dutil.

Feb 20, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan concluded two of three rounds of meetings in Europe. The Minister participated in a meeting of the Defence Ministers from the main force contributors to the Global Coalition against Daesh, and in Brussels, at the NATO Defence Ministerial Meeting.

Feb 20, 2018

Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed nearly 130 people in two days, marking some of the deadliest bombardment of the rebellious region in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said.

Feb 20, 2018

A skirmish involving the United States “nuclear football” reportedly broke out in Beijing last year just hours after Donald Trump had flown in for what he later hailed as an “absolutely terrific” visit. Secret service teams clashed when Chinese agents tried to stop case carrying US nuclear codes from entering Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

Feb 20, 2018

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Turkey's operations were going ahead as planned and it would be a "disaster" if Syrian troops were to intervene. Syrian media had earlier said the army would help Kurds resist Turkish operations in the enclave of Afrin.

Feb 20, 2018

The Canadian Forces is reviewing its policies around morale tours which take sports figures and other people to visit units deployed abroad. Former NHL player Dave 'Tiger' Williams was charged with sexual assault and assault after a December incident aboard a military aircraft.

Feb 19, 2018

Canada is rejoining NATO's Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) program, which it left in 2011 to save $50 million. Rejoining will cost about half that amount because the Canadian contribution this time will not include personnel.

Feb 19, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada might be willing to meet a NATO request to expand its training role in Iraq but has offered no details about number of Canadian soldiers that might be involved. The collapse of ISIS has led to fighting between Kurdish militia and Iraqi government soldiers. Canada had been training both forces.

Feb 16, 2018

As of 0700, the Mark Norman Gofundme account had exceeded its goal of $50,000. The fund was established to assist VAdm Mark Norman with his legal expenses, after he was relieved of duty as Vice Chief Defence Staff more than a year ago, after allegations of violating government confidentiality.

Feb 16, 2018

Canada has joined a coalition of NATO countries looking for new maritime surveillance aircraft. Eight countries belong to the Multinational Maritime Multi Mission Aircraft Capabilities program.

Feb 16, 2018

The deadline for applications to sell Canada 88 new fighter jets passed on February but the government has not published the supplier’s list. Procurement Canada has not explained the delay.

Feb 15, 2018

In a rambling nearly 3,000-word letter issued Wednesday, the Taliban urged the “American people” to press their government to withdraw from Afghanistan, reminding them that the Afghan war is the longest conflict in which they have been embroiled — and at a cost of “trillions of dollars.”

Feb 15, 2018

In December, the Liberal government made changes to Canada’s arms export rules to allow the sale of machine-guns and other small arms to Ukraine. Ukraine is keen to bring its weaponry up to a NATO standard as it hopes to set the stage to eventually join the alliance.

Feb 15, 2018

In January, industry representatives were told a contract for new RCAF fighter aircraft would not be issued before 2021 or 2022. The 88 new fighter jets would reach full operational capability by 2031.

Feb 15, 2018

 Canadian veterans and supporters are expected on Parliament Hill today to protest federal government policies.Some veterans are disappointed and angry with changes to their retirement and disability benefits.

Feb 14, 2018

The Trudeau government has announced that Canada will again be participating in the NATO Airborne Warning Control System program, which the Harper government had pulled out of in 2011.

Feb 14, 2018

On February 7, American air power turned back an artillery and tank attack by several hundred "pro-regime" fighters in eastern Syria. The US airstrikes destroyed artillery and tanks, and Russian civilian contractors are reported to be among the casualties.

Feb 14, 2018

After the Philippines canceled the purchase of Canadian combat helicopters, the Trudeau government has changed direction at the Crown corporation that managed the contract. The Canadian Commercial Corporation will rely less on weapons contracts and a new chair of the board has been appointed.

Feb 13, 2018

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced support totalling nearly $12 million to help rebuild areas liberated from Daesh and to enhance the stability of Iraq.

Feb 13, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is traveling to Europe for ministerial meetings with countries engaged in the fight against the Islamic State, as the Liberal government has not yet decided how Canadian military personnel will be involved in that war. The Canadian mission in Iraq has been extended to at least March 2019.

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