IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Jun 05, 2017

The federal government is advising Canadians to be vigilant in the wake of Saturday night's deadly terrorist attack in London. The government and diplomats on the ground in London advised travellers to avoid the affected areas, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media.

Jun 05, 2017

Pat Strogan, a retired CAF colonel and one of the candidates for the NDP leadership race, is quitting, blaming party insiders who he says don't want to see him win. He posted a video Saturday on YouTube, saying the inside workings of the NDP are "fundamentally flawed.''

Jun 05, 2017

Nova Scotia's medical examiner has ruled out conducting a fatality inquiry into a horrific murder suicide involving a former Canadian soldier who killed his wife, mother and young daughter before killing himself in the family's rural home earlier this year.

Jun 05, 2017

The Defence Department says a painstaking review of dusty personnel files in the national archives may be needed to determine how many people were forced out of the military for being gay or lesbian.

Jun 05, 2017

Saudi Arabia has accused Qatar of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist groups. Qatari citizens have 14 days to leave the country.

Jun 05, 2017

The 'Covenanter' tanks built in Britain at the start of the Second World War quickly became too vulnerable for combat but an example recently unearthed in a vineyard south of London helped train Canadian soldiers for the invasion of Europe.

Jun 02, 2017

The governor of Puerto Rico has issued a strongly worded statement warning that Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement will negatively affect American citizens.

Jun 02, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan and General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, will travel to Singapore to participate in the annual International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia-Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue.

Jun 02, 2017

The Liberal government will soon announce a $5.2-billion plan to privatize maintenance of new navy ships despite concerns the deal puts key portions of Canada’s military capability in the hands of a private firm.

Jun 02, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense has tasked a cyber protection team to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, battery deployed to the Korean Peninsula. The department considers the threat emanating form North Korea as one of if not the greatest near term threat.

Jun 02, 2017

The federal government's multibillion-dollar effort to replace the navy's warship fleet could cost taxpayers 2.4 times more than first expected, Ottawa's budget watchdog warned Thursday in a new report.

Jun 02, 2017

The Trudeau government has suspended its negotiations with aircraft manufacturer Boeing for the purchase of 18 Super Hornet fighter jets. The aircraft maker filed a trade complaint against the Canadian Bombardier company.

Jun 02, 2017

Despite a review that showed no long-term adverse effects or impairment to performance of duties, the anti-malarial Mefloquine is being relegated to second-line status, available only on request or if a member cannot take other medications.

Jun 01, 2017

Due to the "current climate", Boeing has postponed its Interim Fighter Capability Project industry teaming announcement that was supposed to be made on Thursday at CANSEC.

Jun 01, 2017

NATO plans to bolster its ability to respond to cyberattacks and cybercrime by developing tools that can deter attacks on critical military and civilian network infrastructure. The development of NATO defensive and offensive cyber weaponry is tasked to the Western alliance’s dedicated cyber unit, which forms part of NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

Jun 01, 2017

Two panels tasked by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sport have reported on a number of potential options for the replacement of the country’s ageing Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets and Northrop F-5E Tiger IIs to provide air defence and security for the country.

Jun 01, 2017

Members of the police force in New Glasgow, N.S., were all smiles in 2014 when Peter MacKay, the local MP and then defence minister, arranged for the Canadian military to give them a decommissioned light-armoured vehicle, free of charge. Four years later, the town's police chief confirmed that town officials have decided to give it away.

Jun 01, 2017

LGen Alain Parent, who has replaced VAdm Mark Norman as Vice Chief Defence Staff spoke for twenty minutes at a defence industry event in Ottawa Wednesday in his first public appearance. His predecessor, removed from duties in January has not yet been charged with anything, although an RCMP investigation is continuing.

May 31, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is calling on Boeing to halt its trade complaint against Bombardier, while further sharpening the Liberal government's threat to cancel the planned sole-source purchase of 18 Super Hornet fighter jets.

May 31, 2017

Canada’s largest defence trade show comes to Ottawa on Wednesday as industry representatives prepare for what is hoped to be an increase in military spending. More than 11,000 people are expected at Ottawa's EY Centre for CANSEC 2017, the annual defence and security trade show hosted by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries.

May 31, 2017

Boeing will announce its industry team members for the Super Hornet interim fighter jet project on Thursday at CANSEC 2017. On the Wednesday at CANSEC the Boeing team hopes to highlight the company’s long-term commitment to Canada.

May 31, 2017

The U.S. military on Tuesday cheered a successful, first-ever missile defence test involving a simulated attack by an intercontinental ballistic missile, in a major milestone for a program meant to defend against a mounting North Korean threat.

May 31, 2017

A massive explosion rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of the Afghan capital on Wednesday morning, killing 80 people and wounding as many as 350. The German Embassy, the Foreign Ministry and the Presidential Palace are all in the area, as are the British and the Canadian embassies, and the Chinese, Turkish and Iranian embassies.

May 31, 2017

Gen Jonathan Vance, Chief of Defence Staff has accepted an internal report on sexual assault in the Canadian armed forces. An inquiry was launched after a woman member's 2012 complaint about sexual assault led to her dismissal from the military.

May 30, 2017

The Canadian contribution to OP Artemis, the maritime security mission in the Middle East has been extended until the end of April 2021. Canada is sending a CP-140 patrol aircraft, and a Halifax-class frigate every other year.

May 29, 2017

In a 'Face The Nation' interview, US defense secretary James Mattis dealt with a number of important policy issues, but as an official government publication noted, the most memorable line was in response to a question about what keeps him awake at night. "Nothing. I keep other people awake."

May 26, 2017

NATO Association of Canada president Robert Baines suggests the key to encouraging cash-strapped governments to loosen the purse strings is to unite them behind NATO’s commitment to ensuring safety and stability within its member-states, rather resorting to public shaming.

May 26, 2017

The Trudeau government has paid the latest annual $30 million towards the development of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Such payments allow each of the nine nations in the program to bid on contracts for F-35 sub-systems.

French President calls for intelligence sharing
May 25, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron pressed Europeans to strengthen security cooperation and intelligence-sharing after a deadly attack in Manchester as he arrived in Brussels for a meeting of the NATO military alliance on Thursday.

May 25, 2017

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum opened its hangar doors for the CF-18 Demonstration Team this week, and pilot Captain Matthew “Glib” Kutryk spoke with a group of avid young air cadets who came to watch the landing.

May 25, 2017

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency selected Boeing to design its Experimental Spaceplane, or XS-1, a new class of hypersonic aircraft that can launch to low Earth orbit in days, rather than months or years, the agency announced Wednesday.

May 25, 2017

The federal government is using a secret weapon to fight back against pressure from NATO and some allies to increase Canadian defence spending. That weapon? Figures compiled by the Department of National Defence that show how different countries calculate their defence spending compared to Canada.

May 25, 2017

One of the Canadian air force spy planes assigned to the campaign against the Islamic State has been quietly withdrawn and brought home. The CP-140 Aurora, with a suite of high-tech surveillance equipment, was one of two that had been flying missions over northern Iraq and Syria since the fall of 2014.

May 25, 2017
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Canadian Forces jet touched down in Brussels last night, he landed on a continent poised to host the NATO and G7 summits and bracing for the chaos that flew here on Air Force One.
May 25, 2017

The Liberal government plans to release its defence review on June 7, after NATO and G7 meetings with our allies. The increasing possibility of armed conflict on the Korean peninsula is a threat that should not be ignored, says analyst Danny Lam.

May 25, 2017

Until the Boeing aircraft company challenged subsidies to Canada's Bombardier, the Liberal government considered the purchase of 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets an urgent priority. Now it appears the aircraft are just pawns in a trade war game.

May 24, 2017

A fifth suspect has now been arrested and is in custody. The police have said that at the time of his arrest, the person “was carrying a package, which we are currently assessing.”

May 24, 2017

More than 100 aircraft from eleven nations, including Canada, are taking part in Arctic Challenge Exercise 2017, organized by the Finnish, Norwegian and Danish air forces. The exercise began Monday.

May 23, 2017

The RCAF demonstration team's specially marked 'Maple Leaf" CF-18 stopped for fuel at Nantucket Island on Monday and then gave an impromptu airshow for residents before departing. The aircraft had been in the southeastern United States over the weekend.

May 22, 2017

Six CF-18 fighter jets and about 180 RCAF personnel are taking part in a month-long deployment to Keflavik Air Force Base in Iceland, in support of NATO's Operation Reassurance. Iceland does not maintain military forces.

May 19, 2017

Nearly 5,000 military personnel are at CFB Wainwright in Alberta, taking part in the largest and most comprehensive military exercise of the year. Exercise Maple Resolve allows the military to practise their skills in a setting as realistic as possible for when they are deployed.

May 19, 2017

The Pentagon acquisition system has gotten so bad that it is undermining the nation’s military and literally obstructing modernization efforts, a panel of independent advisers told the House Armed Services Committee this week. Representatives of the congressionally-mandated “809 panel” painted an alarming picture of the state of defense procurement.

May 19, 2017

While the U.S. Air Force needs to change the way it thinks about space operations, creating a separate “Space Corps” isn’t the right answer, at least right now, the service’s top general said Wednesday.

May 19, 2017

The informally named “Iron Man” suit that U.S. Special Operations has been developing will start to come together over the next 18 months with a first prototype expected to be fully built by the end of 2018.

May 19, 2017

A top Ukrainian politician visited Ottawa Thursday to renew a request for defensive weapons to fend off Russia-backed rebels and ask Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for help shoring up support for Kiev both within the Trump administration and among other Group of Seven countries.

May 19, 2017

An RCAF Snowbird demonstration aircraft almost crashed at an airshow in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in early May after coming too close to another aircraft. The team cancelled its upcoming appearances and returned to its base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for more training.

May 19, 2017

US aircraft maker Boeing has accused Canada's Bombardier of selling civilian jets under fair market value. In return, Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign minister has hinted this country may need to review its $2 billion purchase of 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighters.

May 18, 2017

As part of it's pending Defence Policy Review (expected to be released on June 7th), the government today announced its intent to exempt military salaries of deployed personnel at ranks up to and including Lieutenant-Colonel. This tax relief will also apply to police officers deployed on international operational missions.

May 18, 2017

LCol Mason Stalker was relieved of command of 2nd Battalion, PPCLI after facing charges of sexual misconduct in 2015. The charges were dropped and Mason is suing the military for conducting a negligent, malicious investigation.

May 17, 2017

Australia revealed details of a massive shipbuilding strategy on May 16, its largest peacetime naval investment, with plans to construct dozens of new submarines and frigates to shore up its defence capabilities.

May 17, 2017

A major component of the Liberal government's plan to return Canada to peacekeeping involves using Canadian soldiers to train and mentor other, less experienced United Nations forces, say defence and government sources.

May 17, 2017

Canadians will see their new defence policy on June 7, but defence ministers from Britain, Australia and New Zealand have already been told the broad outlines of the Liberal government's plan. Defence minister Harjit Sajjan discussed the policy with his counterparts at a meeting last week in Copenhagen.

May 17, 2017

NATO members are being asked to contribute soldiers for a renewed mission in Afghanistan. A formal requet is expected at the NATO summit in Brussels on May 25.

May 16, 2017

Emmanuel Macron headed to Berlin Monday to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel, with the newly inaugurated French president seeking to promote closer defense ties between France and Germany in a bid to build a stronger European military.

May 16, 2017

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting last week, The Washington Post reported Monday, prompting strong condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans.

May 16, 2017

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will use a speech to Parliament this month to outline the Trudeau government's approach to international affairs and start a push to educate Canadians on the risks of modern peacekeeping.

May 16, 2017

Medically released veterans and their families will now have access to all 32 Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) across Canada. The move follows a pilot project at seven MFRCs.

May 15, 2017

BMT Fleet Technology Ltd is sponsoring this year’s University of Waterloo Submarine Racing Team (WatSub). 

May 15, 2017

Atty Mashatan, a professor at Ryerson University’s School of Information Technology Management, said it was nothing more than a fluke that Canada appears to have been largely spared from Friday’s ransomware attack that disrupted services in Russia, the U.K., Ukraine, Spain and India.

May 15, 2017

Teams of technicians worked around the clock Saturday to restore Britain’s crippled hospital network and secure the computers that run factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems in other nations after a global cyberattack.

May 15, 2017

As it prepares to release its new defence policy, the Liberal government is backing away from claims that buying new equipment for the Canadian Forces has largely been successful and using NATO’s two-per-cent standard to measure spending doesn’t make sense.

May 15, 2017

Canada's long-awaited defence policy review will not be made public before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces allies at the NATO Summit in Brussels later this month, according to CBC News.

May 15, 2017

Russia’s ongoing campaign to undermine NATO’s presence in the former Soviet Baltic republics via propaganda and disinformation included a recent attack on Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan for wearing a turban, according to one of Latvia’s top soldiers.

May 15, 2017

NATO is asking Canada to once again send troops to Afghanistan to help deal with the resurgence of the Taliban. The request will be on the agenda at the May 25 NATO summit in Brussels, to be attended by U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

May 15, 2017

In June about 450 Canadian soldiers will begin establishing a presence in Latvia as part of NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence. The multinational effort is intended to deter Russian aggression but all NATO nations are already pledged to defend any member under attack.

May 12, 2017

General Keith Alexander, USA (Ret.) CEO and President, IronNet Cybersecurity; Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (2010-2014) and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service (2005-2014) will deliver the keynote address at breakfast at CANSEC on June 1, 2017. Mr. Alexander will speak on cyber and security issues with a focus on Canada.

May 12, 2017

Theresa May has pledged she will continue to hit the NATO two per cent defence spending target if re-elected, as her Government came under fire from military figures for fiddling budget plans. The Prime Minister said she would also raise the defence budget by at least 0.5 per cent above inflation each year of the new Parliament if elected on June 8.

May 12, 2017

The Canadian military is taking a wait-and-see approach to a massive Russian military exercise scheduled to take place on the border of the Baltic states this summer - but the country it's being asked to protect is decidedly more nervous.

May 12, 2017

Make sure you have a plan to get out before you actually get in. That is one of the main messages of an internal paper that military officials prepared last summer as they considered the challenges associated with the Liberal governments' promised return to international peacekeeping.

May 12, 2017

Canada’s high-profile military mission to Africa appears off the radar for now with a decision on a deployment delayed, perhaps until fall. Political upheaval among key allies is cited as the reason why Trudeau’s government has pushed back its high-profile pledge to return Canada to international peacekeeping efforts.

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