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Jun 21, 2017

To understand the Liberals' new anti-terrorism measures introduced Tuesday, go back two years to when the party supported the then Conservative government's hard-line anti-terrorism bill with a promise to amend the most controversial measures just as soon as they got the chance.

Jun 21, 2017

The Liberals will make their first down payment of up to $600 million on their marquee defence strategy this fall, a Commons committee was told Tuesday. Deputy Defence Minister John Forester said cash to put the wheels of the newly-released policy in motion will come through supplementary spending estimates that are always tabled in Parliament as part of routine fiscal business.

Jun 21, 2017

Captain (N) Geneviève Bernatchez has been appointed  Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Forces, the first woman to hold the position.  Captain Bernatchez's appointment will be marked at a ceremony June 27 in Ottawa and she will be promoted to Commodore.

Jun 21, 2017

A Commons committee questioned the minister of National Defence, the Chief of Defence Staff and the deputy minister of National Defence Tuesday on how the government plans to fund its ambitious defence program. The federal budget released June 7 had few details about defence spending but deputy defence minister John Forester said initial spending increases would come through supplementary spending estimates, a routine mechanism.

Jun 20, 2017

Bill C-51—the Conservatives’ 2015 antiterrorism law—did at least one good thing: it ignited the controversy that prompted a massive 139-page bill introduced today in the House of Commons.

Jun 20, 2017

In January 2017, VAdm Mark Norman was "temporarily relieved" of his post as Canada's Vice Chief of the Defence Staff amid allegations - as yet unproven or tested in court - that he had leaked secret shipbuilding information. However, the case against him could fall apart with news that the RCMP is investigating another government employee for the same offence.

Jun 20, 2017

The RCMP alleges that an employee in the federal government’s procurement department, one who has no links to the military’s now-suspended former second-in-command, leaked sensitive information about Canada’s troubled shipbuilding program.

Jun 20, 2017

The Trudeau government put the purchase of 18 Super Hornet jet fighters from Boeing on hold after that company filed a trade action against Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier. Now, Liberal cabinet ministers have indicated they will meet with other aircraft companies at the Paris Air Show but not Boeing.

Jun 19, 2017

The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict.

Jun 19, 2017

Brigadier-General Shane Brennan, Commanding Officer of the Joint Personnel Support Unit and Head of Mission for Team Canada, announced on June 15, the 90-member team that will be heading to the 2017 Invictus Games, during an event held at Fort Henry in Kingston.

Jun 19, 2017

The Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year concluded June 16, at the Royal Military College of Canada, marking the end of the year-long program focused on developing leaders for Indigenous communities and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Jun 19, 2017

United States president Donald Trump has foreign defence companies and governments wondering how much of his 'buy domestic' could become reality. Canada for one is reassessing its defence spending and the upcoming Paris Air Show is a good opportunity to assess the alternatives to American products.

Jun 19, 2017

HMCS Ottawa and HMCS Winnipeg will join South Korea's Maritime Task Flotilla Seven on Friday for a three-day training exercise. A United States Navy guided missile destroyer will also take part.

Jun 16, 2017

A British hacker has admitted stealing hundreds of online accounts from a US military communications system and then boasting online of how he controlled US satellites.

Jun 16, 2017

Russian-language propagandists are taking aim at Canada's military mission to Latvia by linking the troops to the army's most disgraced commander. A website has re-published infamous photos of convicted killer Russell Williams wearing women's underwear, suggesting the Canadian army is full of homosexuals and shouldn't be counted on by Latvians.

Jun 16, 2017

The newest and costliest U.S. aircraft carrier, praised by President Donald Trump and delivered to the Navy on May 31 with fanfare, has been dogged by trouble with fundamentals: launching jets from its deck and catching them when they land.

Jun 16, 2017

An Orca-class training vessel bumped into HMCS Chicoutimi while the boat was docked at CFB Esquimault. Damage to both hulls is described as minor and the incident is under investigation.

Jun 16, 2017

The Trudeau government plans to spend $2.5 billion to maintain the Royal Canadian Navy's four submarine fleet past 2030. Purchased from the United Kingdom in 1998, the boats have provided limited service and incurred unexpected expenses.

Jun 15, 2017

A deal between the United States and Qatar for F-15 fighter jets and a visit to Doha by two American warships on Thursday showed the vital military links Washington maintains with a country now in a dispute with several other Arab nations.

Jun 15, 2017

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says he had concerns about police militarization, and the adoption of carbine rifles represented a "significant change" in the use of force for frontline officers.

Jun 15, 2017

After the Liberals put on hold and later resumed Project Resolve, Chantier Davie has released the unveil date of the Resolve-class interim Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship.

Jun 15, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces and the University of New Brunswick will work together on cybersecurity under the new Canadian Defence Policy. The university's Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity will work with the military to defeat online threats and provide training for the new Canadian Armed Forces Cyber Operator occupation.

Jun 15, 2017

Speaking to soldiers in Edmonton, the minister of national defence, Harjit Sajjan said the use of unmanned technology and cyber warfare will become Canadian military priorities in the years ahead. A new position called Canadian Armed Forces Cyber Operator will counteract threats and carry out offensive operations, he said.

Jun 14, 2017

The RCAF’s CH-148 Cyclone resumed limited flying in late May, according to the Department of National Defence. The Cyclones were grounded after an incident in March that involved “a momentary change in descent rate,” according to the department.

Jun 14, 2017

Federal government officials are expected to sit down with representatives from different fighter jet makers in Paris next week, as uncertainty swirls over the Trudeau government's plan to buy "interim" Super Hornets.

Jun 14, 2017

The findings of a Macdonald-Laurier Institute defence expert survey show there is no evidence of a "capability gap" to justify the Liberal government's purchase of 18 Super Hornet jet fighters. Almost 90 percent of the experts said the government should cancel the purchase and go ahead with a competition for a permanent replacement for the current CF-18 fleet.

Jun 14, 2017

While he served with the Canadian army in Afghanistan as an intelligence officer, defence minister Harjit Sajjan claims he had no knowledge of abuse of detainees by Afghan security forces. Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson says he may have minimized his involvement and knowledge of the situation, but sees no conflict of interest in his decision not to hold an inquiry. In May Sajjan had to apologize for falsely claiming to have created the plan for OP Medusa, a major battle in Afghanistan.

Jun 13, 2017

The Liberal government’s plan to buy armed drones could face major delays because obtaining such technology needs approval from the U.S.

Jun 13, 2017

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin is stepping down from the Supreme Court of Canada in December after 28 years on the court, including almost 18 years as chief.

Jun 13, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says sick and injured soldiers will be allowed to stay in the military until their pensions and veterans' benefits are in place.

Jun 13, 2017

The Department of National Defence has appealed a not-guilty verdict for a Petawawa-based special operations soldier who was accused of sexual assaulting a fellow soldier during a deployment in Jamaica two years ago.

Jun 13, 2017

The realization that cyber weapons will buy time, but will not create a permanent, effective solution is becoming more apparent as the cyberattacks against the Islamic State repeatedly disappoint, according to the New York Times.

Jun 13, 2017

As lawmakers grilled Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on the gap between President Trump’s defense buildup promises and his 2018 budget, Mattis reassured them the “real growth” begins in 2019.

Jun 13, 2017

The Trudeau government’s decision to greenlight a Chinese takeover of a Canadian high-tech firm that sells satellite-communication systems to the American military jeopardizes U.S. national security, a congressional commission warned Monday and urged the Pentagon to “immediately review” its dealings with Vancouver-based Norsat International.

Jun 13, 2017

The federal government is considering a NATO request to send police trainers to Afghanistan, but Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada's military focus remains in Iraq.

Jun 13, 2017

Acting Sub-Lt. Laura Nash is on her way out of the military after being given what she says is an utterly impossible, unfair choice. The single mother says she was called into a meeting with two superior officers, both of them women, in late 2013 and claims she was told she had too many "family issues."

Jun 13, 2017

As assistant deputy minister (materiel) at National Defence, Alan Williams oversaw the purchase of military equipment. While many elements of the Liberals' Defence Policy Review meet his approval, he sees a lack of accountability at the centre.

Jun 13, 2017

Over the next ten years, defence spending is projected to increase  to more than $32 billion a year, but personnel will only grow by about 5000 reserve and regular members. Meanwhile, given political instability and changing environmental conditions, Canadian defence equipment may not meet emerging challenges.

Jun 13, 2017

Rumours of a Liberal cabinet shakeup include the name of Harjit Sajjan, whose time as defence minister has been marked by controversy over claims of combat leadership in Afghanistan. The delivery of the Defence Policy Review could provide cover for his removal and the appointment of a successor.

Jun 12, 2017

The administration's much touted $110 billion arms proposal to Saudi Arabia, previously slim on specifics, includes seven THAAD missile defense batteries, over 100,000 air-to-ground munitions and billions of dollars’ worth of new aircraft, according to a White House document obtained by Defense News and authenticated by a second source.

Jun 12, 2017

Canada is considering a NATO request to send police trainers to Afghanistan, three years after the military mission officially ended, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says. The request came from the U.S. through NATO, and could involve either civilian police trainers like the RCMP, or military trainers working with Afghan police, a defence official added.

Jun 12, 2017

Canada’s big-ticket defence policy will give the military greater capacity to operate in a world of complex threats – superpower aggression, challenging peacekeeping missions and the spread of “terror armies” – while transforming the way it looks after its troops at home, Gen. Jonathan Vance says.

Jun 12, 2017

Asked if his government’s “fully costed” new defence policy would survive another major recession, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told Global News that he’s not willing to comment on hypotheticals.

Jun 12, 2017

Although the Trudeau government launched its long term plan for modernizing the military last week, more immediate realities are tugging for attention on the Liberals' list of defence priorities. In particular, two critical, short-term questions have emerged: what to do about the government's plan to buy "interim" fighter jets, and whether to take on a new role in Afghanistan?

Jun 09, 2017

Public perceptions about armed drones have been clouded by Hollywood, Canada's top soldier said Thursday as he insisted the Canadian Armed Forces won't be using its stealthy new technology for so-called black-ops missions like assassinations.

Jun 09, 2017

Finance officials say Canada's new defence policy – which boosts military spending by billions of dollars – won't have a significant impact on future projected deficits.

Jun 09, 2017

The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization says he is expecting Canada to increase its presence on missions now that the Liberal government is promising to spend more on soldiers, ships and fighter jets.

Jun 09, 2017

The Trudeau government's plan to expand the Canadian forces over the next decade may look better on paper than it does in the real world. As a 2016 auditor general's report noted, current recruiting plans will fall short of their goals, and in future, money to attract and retain good members will be competing with other goals.

Jun 08, 2017

A new book journeys deep inside a troubled soldier struggling to adapt to life after combat. THE BATTLE WITHIN offers perspective on the meaning of service, sacrifice, and the effect of violence on a person’s humanity. Meet the author on 24 June 2017.

Jun 08, 2017

The German Navy’s fourth and final F125 frigate Rheinland-Pfalz was christened during a ceremony held at the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyard in Hamburg. The class is designed for conflict prevention, crisis management and intervention/stabilization operations.

Jun 08, 2017

The Trudeau government is allowing Chinese investors to buy a Vancouver high-tech firm without a formal national security review even though Canada and many of its allies use the company’s patented satellite communications technology for security, public safety and defence.

Jun 08, 2017

Matthew Fisher: Canada's new defence policy – announced to great fanfare before a Greek chorus of several hundred soldiers in Ottawa’s Cartier Square Drill Hall – was as interesting for what it didn’t say as for what it did say.

Jun 08, 2017

Globe editorial: Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland announced a new policy of relative independence from the United States while the next day defence minister Harjit Sajjan outlined new spending, a key demand of President Trump. Do the new policies meet the expectations of both American politicians and Canadian voters?

Jun 08, 2017

Harjit Sajjan, the defence minister, announced $13.9 billion in spending over the next decade for the Canadian Forces. However, he was unable to say whether the money would come from new taxation or other government programs.

Jun 07, 2017

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada responds to the new Defence Policy announced earlier today.

Jun 07, 2017

The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries issued the following statement on Canada’s new Defence Policy, which was released earlier in the day.

Jun 07, 2017

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

Jun 07, 2017

Canada's foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada is boosting its military spending and facing issues like climate change more independently because the United States is abdicating its global responsibilities. Speaking in the House of Commons Freeland said Canada must set its own "clear and sovereign course".

Jun 07, 2017

The scheduled release today of the Canadian defence review is expected to include substantial increases in military equipment. However analysts say a battered procurement system may be unable to deliver major weapons purchases quickly.

Jun 06, 2017

Approximately 80 Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence civilian personnel are participating in Operation Nevus 2017 on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut near Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert and Eureka

Jun 06, 2017

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are resuming the 2017 air show season after two weeks of intensive training and practice at their home base of 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Jun 06, 2017

Ottawa Police and Crime Stoppers are seeking the public’s help in identifying a female responsible for stealing approximately $4,000 in donations from the Autism Speaks Canada walk that took place in Ottawa on Sunday, June 4th.

Jun 05, 2017

For the second year in a row, Canada’s Defence Minister Harijit Sajjan and Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance, reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region during the 2017 Asia Security Summit in Singapore.

Jun 06, 2017

Canada’s military leaders ordered the removal of items belonging to Vice Admiral Mark Norman from defence headquarters in Ottawa even though the RCMP investigation into the senior officer has not resulted in any charges.

Jun 06, 2017

The Government is extending the submission deadline for the Canadian Surface Combatant Request for Proposals. Previously scheduled for 22 June 2017, the deadline for bid submissions is expected to be no sooner than mid-August 2017."

Jun 06, 2017

BGen Dan MacIsaac, commander of Canadian forces in Syria and Iraq said he expects the mission to continue past its currently scheduled conclusion at the end of the month. More than 800 Canadian soldiers are part of the international anti-terrorism coalition.

Jun 06, 2017

At the end of June, Canadian Forces members will receive a pay increase of about six percent, with increases of about five percent for specialized duties. There will also be a lump sum payment covering the period from April 2014.

Jun 05, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan and Transport Minister Marc Garneau will hold a press conference to announce Canada’s new Defence Policy on 7 June 2017.

Jun 05, 2017

Canada's terrorism threat level remains at medium in the wake of attacks that killed one Canadian visiting the U.K., but police and security agencies will be on high alert to protect revellers during 150th anniversary celebrations across the country.

Jun 05, 2017

This recent terror attack in Britain marks the third incident in less than three months. All have been linked to Islamic State (Daesh).

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