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IN THE NEWS

Jul 10, 2017

Iraqi security forces are clearing the final pockets of resistance by Islamic State militants in the city of Mosul.

Jul 10, 2017

New satellite technology will beef up Australia’s border protection patrols and security operations in the Asia Pacific as well as help the nation handle disasters in the region. Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne is set to announce a $223 million contract to build a new satellite ground station to deliver Australia’s forces a major communications boost.

Jul 10, 2017

British Army leaders will be recruited direct from the civilian world rather than rising up through the ranks, under a proposed overhaul to bring in specialist skills for 21st century warfare. The plan to hire straight into the regular Army’s middle and possibly even higher ranks will overturn generations of tradition and a career structure that has seen leaders work their way up from the bottom.

Jul 10, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Lockheed Martin a $5.6 billion undefinitized contract that will allow the company to continue work on the eleventh lot of F-35s.

Jul 10, 2017

The federal minister for public safety, Ralph Goodale, said Canadian Forces aircraft will assist British Columbia to fight forest fires. Three Griffon helicopters arrived in Kelowna on Sunday and several fixed-wing aircraft will be available this week.

Jul 10, 2017

Patrick Finn, assistant deputy minister, materiel at the Department of National Defence said the military procurement system is finally on the road to success, after years of confusion and delays. Many deficiencies can be explained by low staffing numbers over the years, he said.

Jul 07, 2017

Chief of the Defence Staff announces additional Canadian Armed Forces General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions, and retirements.

Jul 07, 2017

A change of command ceremony was held today in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for Operation Crocodile as Colonel Cayle Oberwarth assumed command of Task Force DRC from Colonel Pierre Huet.

Jul 07, 2017

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended the Department of Defense take notes from eight innovation-award-winning companies, in its latest report released Wednesday. GAO studied portfolio management from Amazon, Dow Chemical, Honeywell, General Motors, IBM, Qualcomm, Siemens AG, and Valvoline after recognizing that innovation leaders have shifted towards the commercial.

Jul 07, 2017

The head of the Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association hopes the military careers of members who disrupted an indigenous ceremony on Canada Day won't be affected by the incident. Richard Blackwell, a 77-year old Metis and 13-year navy veteran said the men's actions were silly but non-violent and hoped they could remain in the military.

Jul 07, 2017

Senior officers, including Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance have repudiated the actions of five military members who disrupted an indigenous ceremony on Canada Day. The men, members of a group called 'Proud Boys', have been suspended from duty.

Jul 06, 2017

BGen Colin MacKay today announced findings from the 2016 Mental Health Expert Panel report on Suicide Prevention in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Jul 06, 2017

North Korea ploughs a huge proportion of its meagre economy into its military, and its ambitious missile, nuclear and cyber programs are causing widespread international alarm. Pyongyang spent nearly a quarter of its GDP on the military over the past decade, according to U.S. government estimates.

Jul 06, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Thursday that he's considering "some pretty severe things" in response to the isolated nation's unprecedented launch of a missile capable of reaching the U.S. In a public speech in Poland, Trump called on all nations to confront North Korea's "very, very bad behavior."

Jul 06, 2017

The number of veterans facing financial hardship while waiting for their pensions has decreased dramatically over the past year. At the same time, the commander of the Military Personnel Command says that the CAF recently instituted a new policy that no member will be discharged until all administrative work for pensions and benefits has been completed.

Jul 06, 2017

LGen Mike Hood, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force said the Liberal government is taking a prudent amount of time to select a new fighter jet to replace the current CF-18 fleet. A group of retired senior officers has pointed out that the procurement process could being almost immediately.

Jul 05, 2017

Brigadier-General Andrew Downes assumed Command of Canadian Forces Health Services (CFHS) from Brigadier-General Colin MacKay at le Régiment de Hull in Gatineau on July 5th, 2017.

Jul 05, 2017

Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff got straight to the point as he issued a no-nonsense statement describing as "deplorable" the actions of members of the Canadian Armed Forces who disrupted a quiet rally of indigenous peoples. General Vance has promised they will face "severe" consequences.

Jul 05, 2017

U.S.-backed forces in Syria have breached the wall around Raqqa's Old City, the U.S. military said on Tuesday, marking a major advance in the weeks-old battle to drive ISIS militants out of their self-declared capital.

Jul 05, 2017

The deputy commander of Canada’s special forces says his troops risk being run ragged after three years in Iraq, as well as several other lesser-known missions in other parts of the world. Brig.-Gen. Peter Dawe says that’s why the Liberal government’s plan to add more than 600 additional soldiers to the elite force is not only welcome, but necessary.

Jul 05, 2017

Six Canadian Armed Forces members who appeared in an online video of a confrontation at an Indigenous protest in Halifax on Canada Day will be removed from duty and training while the military conducts an investigation into their conduct, according to the nation’s top soldier.

Jul 05, 2017

The widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan and another former U.S. soldier partially blinded by a hand grenade plan to file an emergency injunction to stop Ottawa from paying $10.5-million to former child soldier Omar Khadr.

Jul 05, 2017

A veteran who was forced to wait more than six months for his first pension cheque is the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the federal government of breaching its obligations to former soldiers, sailors and aviators by being slow to deliver their retirement benefits.

Jul 05, 2017

The Trudeau government decided to review its purchase of Boeing defence products after that company filed a trade action against Canada's Bombardier, but it may be impossible to operate the RCAF's fleet of C-17 aircraft without a Boeing service contract worth almost $200 million.

Jul 05, 2017

RAdm John Newton, the Royal Canadian Navy's east coast commander has apologized for a Canada Day incident in which navy members disrupted an Indigenous ceremony in Halifax. Newton said the young men's personal ideology had crossed into the public domain. Six men from the Canadian Forces, including a soldier and a cadet, face an administrative process for their actions.

Jul 04, 2017

Shortly after North Korea claimed it had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: "North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!"

Jul 04, 2017

The Royal Canadian Navy is looking into allegations that five present or former members disrupted a First Nations ceremony in Halifax on Saturday. The members appear to have posted video of the episode on Facebook.

Jul 04, 2017

The only certainty in the Canadian military mission in Iraq seems to be the end date of March 2019. Fighting forces now share a  desire to defeat Daesh, but Canada could be caught in the middle of warring factions if and when that goal is achieved.

Jun 30, 2017

Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday declared an end to the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate in the Middle East as forces pushed deeper into the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Jun 30, 2017

As the country readies to mark Canada 150, the Liberal government is sidelining the critical role the military played in shaping the nation in the sesquicentennial celebrations, some historians say. The CAF will have a presence at Canada Day events across the country, including a fly-past of vintage aircraft and the iconic Snowbirds over Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Jun 30, 2017

Canada’s Defence Minister is refusing to disclose how many times Canadian troops have engaged in firefights with Islamic State militants over the past year. Harjit Sajjan on Thursday repeatedly declined to provide this statistic, even as the Trudeau government announced it is extending military operations in Iraq for two more years.

Jun 30, 2017

The new Canadian defence policy calls for an increase in women military members of one percent a year to a goal of 25 percent in ten years. Reaching that objective means the Canadian Forces must understand the links between gender and operational effectiveness.

Jun 30, 2017

Canada will not contribute soldiers to a renewed NATO mission in Afghanistan. Fifteen countries have pledged assistance but the force strength has not been determined.

Jun 29, 2017

Russia is boasting that, after a few repairs, its sole air carrier, which U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon labeled the “old, dilapidated Kuznetsov,” will sail for at least another 20 years.

Jun 29, 2017

Assisting military historian Norm Christie, the Ottawa Service Battalion Association has agreed to help raise funds to assist with the discovery and recovery of 44 Canadian Scottish soldiers of the 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion buried in a mine crater in France designated as site CA40.

Jun 29, 2017

The ministers of National Defence Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister today announced that Canada is renewing its military contribution to the Global Coalition against Daesh until March 31, 2019.

Jun 29, 2017

An unnamed company has told Irving Shipbulding its procurement process for 15 new Royal Canadian Navy frigates is too complex and may result in no bids at all. The conflict apparently arises from the differences between a proven ship design and the costs and engineering  challenges of Canadian modifications to that design.

Jun 28, 2017

The Government of Canada has repealed the coming into force of the private right of action for violations of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).

Jun 28, 2017

Colonel Paul Peyton assumed command of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Group. The change of command ceremony was held at HMCS Carleton.

Jun 28, 2017

A new contract has been awarded to Houston-based ABS Americas. Under the terms of the contract, ABS Americas will ensure that environmental standards onboard Canada's non-combatant fleet are met, and that the ships continue to be safe to operate.

Jun 28, 2017

A man who pled guilty to plotting to shoot hundreds of people on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) received a life sentence Tuesday in a case that prosecutors say illustrates the dangers of Americans radicalized through social media.

Jun 28, 2017

Civilians trapped by Isil-affliated groups in the besieged Filipino city of Marawi are being forced to join the fighting, loot and become sex slaves to militants

Jun 28, 2017

Britain’s largest ever warship has squeezed out of its dockyard, as the ship heads out on sea trials. The 65,000 ton HMS Queen Elizabeth slipped out of Rosyth dockyard and into open water through an exit with only 14in clearance on either side and 20in of water under the keel.

Jun 28, 2017

President Trump has drawn a new red line for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, with American officials describing preparations at a Syrian air base for a chemical weapons assault as they sought Tuesday to bolster Mr. Trump’s threat to deter an attack.

Jun 28, 2017

A new U.S.-Israeli working group – its formation announced this week at a major international cyber event in Israel – aims to devise and employ new methods of identifying cyber enemies and “holding nations accountable” for bad cyber behavior.

Jun 28, 2017

During World War II, when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously said, “we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air,” he probably had no idea that his allies on the other side of the Atlantic would one day be mounting high-powered lasers onto attack helicopters and frying targets in the blink of an eye.

Jun 28, 2017

Despite its apparent contradiction of Canada's stated non-combat role in the Iraq conflict, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the record-setting sniper shot by a Canadian military member should be celebrated. In recent weeks, a marksman with Canada's JTF2 in Iraq made a 3540-metre shot.

Jun 27, 2017

A group of CAF members and employees from other government departments and agencies will take part in Operation Nunakput 2017 from June 26 to July 18 in the Northwest Territories.

Jun 27, 2017

For the first time in history, the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace is commanded by a Canadian Army female Infantry Officer. Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry is the first female Infantry Officer to command the Queen’s Guard.

Jun 27, 2017

A court in the Netherlands has ordered the state to pay compensation for the failure of Dutch forces to protect some 350 Bosnian Muslim men murdered by Serbs in the 1995 Srebenica massacre. The appeals court ruled that the Dutch soldiers should have known the men who left their custody were in danger.

Jun 27, 2017

The Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Union of National Defence Employees have written to warn the Liberal government that maintenance contracts limiting work to private contractors could hamper the navy's ability to repair its own ships. Ship maintenance contracts can cover decades and cost billions of dollars.

Jun 26, 2017

Democracy Watch has announced its court challenge of decisions made by federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson, including her refusal to recuse herself from investigating and ruling on complaints about Prime Minister Trudeau’s actions.

Jun 26, 2017

A SpaceX rocket carried 10 communications satellites into orbit from California on Sunday, two days after the company successfully launched a satellite from Florida.

Jun 26, 2017

Canada’s military is going all out to erase its reputation for intolerance and misogyny, aiming to recast itself instead as welcoming to Canadians of all races, religions and sexual orientations.

Jun 26, 2017

A Canadian soldier has upended more than 300 years of British history, becoming the first woman to command the troops guarding the Queen and royal residences in London. Capt. Megan Couto, 24, led some 40 Canadian soldiers through the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace on Monday.

Jun 26, 2017

The head of the navy says the country needs submarines to know what is happening beneath the waves around Canada — though he won't say if foreign subs are actually poking around Canadian waters.

Jun 26, 2017

Weeks after being berated by U.S. President Donald Trump for failing to spend enough on defense, European nations vowed Thursday to boost military cooperation in their part of the world. At a Brussels summit, the 28 European Union leaders agreed to jointly develop or purchase military equipment such as drones.

Jun 26, 2017

The Ottawa-based Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries is trying to determine how much interest there is among its members to take part in a potential Government of Canada trade mission to India.

Jun 26, 2017

A Canadian Forces sniper explains the science and the training behind a record-setting 2.2 mile shot in Iraq. At that range, some luck probably complemented the shooter's skill.

Jun 23, 2017

The latest iteration of a Canadian defence policy called for an offensive cyber weapon in the Forces arsenal, but achieving it could take time and results could be difficult to demonstrate. With the Canadian Security Establishment and Canadian Security Intelligence Service already in the game, defining roles and responsibilities could be a first big challenge.

Jun 23, 2017

Canada has been asked to send military and police trainers to assist Afghan government forces in the fight against the Taliban but even in that non-combat role, foreign advisors are at risk from 'insider' attacks by Afghan trainees and staff. On June 12, three US soldiers were killed by an Afghan National Army member.

Jun 22, 2017

From June 29 to July 1, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will visit Canada to meet with Canadians whose lives have been transformed by the charitable work of his Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC). For four decades, The Prince has led the way in creating sustainable, local solutions to big problems.

Jun 22, 2017

USS Fitzgerald sailors faced a tough decision to close ship’s flooded section after colliding into a massive Philippine cargo ship. Seven sailors were found dead in the Fitzgerald’s sleeping quarters.

Jun 22, 2017

A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 metres.

Jun 22, 2017

Talks about filling the Canadian air force's short-term need for jet fighters remain on track, despite the Liberal government making a very public display at the Paris Air Show this week of snubbing Boeing executives. Defence Minister Sajjan said there are "other options," but refused to say what they might be.

Jun 22, 2017

Saudi Arabia has regained its title as Canada's top non-U.S. destination for exporting military goods after having been narrowly bumped last year by the United Kingdom, according to a newly release federal report on arms sales.

Jun 22, 2017

The new Canadian Forces recruiting campaign will launch on June 23 under the slogan "Dare to be extraordinary" but in a break with the past, the emphasis is less on drama and daring and more on skills and useful training.

Jun 21, 2017

Defence Minister Sajjan announced the appointment of Navy Captain Geneviève Bernatchez as the 15th Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Jun 21, 2017

Belgian soldiers shot a man suspected of being a would-be suicide bomber at Brussels Central Station.

Jun 21, 2017

Russia warned Monday that it would treat British and American jets operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are present as “targets” after U.S. forces shot down a Syrian warplane for the first time in the six-year war.

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