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May 11, 2017

Canadian bombs missed their targets 17 times during the air campaign in Iraq, according to new figures released by the DND. CBC News has obtained details of one of those missions, and the documents raise troubling questions about not only the Royal Canadian Air Force's guided munitions but how forthcoming DND is prepared to be about the sensitive issue.​

May 10, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan issued a statement after yesterday’s meeting with Defence Ministers from the main force contributors to the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh in Copenhagen, Denmark.

May 10, 2017

Lost in the furor over Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's claims to have been the "architect" of a decade-old battle in Afghanistan are fears that country is again on the edge of failure.

May 10, 2017

The Canadian government made a last-minute, billion-dollar change to how much it was willing to spend on its new search-and-rescue aircraft fleet, but didn’t bother informing the bidders trying to win the contract to build the planes of the change in budget.

May 10, 2017

The Liberal government has used its superior numbers in the House of Commons to vote down a non-confidence motion brought against Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. The Conservative motion was defeated by a vote of 171-122.

May 09, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan found himself back in the spotlight and on the hot seat yesterday as Conservative defence critic James Bezan tabled a non-binding motion in the House of Commons expressing a loss of confidence in Sajjan, and which MPs will have a chance to vote on.

May 09, 2017

As the flood waters have started to subside, officials at all levels of government have begun to face questions about the response. Could the army have been called in earlier? Did officials underestimate the effects of recent rains? Did the dams along the river system hold back enough floodwaters? Who will pay for all of this?

May 09, 2017

The Senate defence committee released a report Monday blasting the Trudeau government's "political decision" to purchase Super Hornet fighter jets, while all but endorsing the F-35 stealth fighter. The report follows a recent one that called on the government to double defence spending to two per cent of GDP over the next decade.

May 09, 2017

The Military Grievances External Review Committee, an independent administrative tribunal that reports to the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff, said in an annual report released Thursday it feels “disconcerted in the extreme” that its own vacancies haven’t been dealt with.

May 09, 2017

Canada’s new search and rescue aircraft could take up to two days to reach survivors of a disaster at the North Pole but the Canadian military doesn’t have a problem with that, according to recently filed court documents.

May 08, 2017

CADSI announced that the Acting Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Alain Parent, will be the Keynote Speaker on May 31, for Lunch on Day 1 of CANSEC.

May 08, 2017

The Royal Canadian Navy announced that Ms. Margaret Elizabeth Brooke, the niece of Canadian naval hero Lieutenant-Commander Margaret Martha Brooke, has agreed to become the sponsor of the ship that will bear her aunt’s name.

May 08, 2017

Upgrades to Canada’s helicopter fleets that would cost more than $2 billion have been identified as key programs for funding, according to the defence minister. Sajjan said that if the Griffon utility helicopter fleet does not receive an upgrade, it will have to be removed from service. The Cormorant helicopters also require modernization, he said.

May 08, 2017

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says Canadians can expect "significant expenditures" to come out of the government's defence policy review. The long-awaited policy review, which was expected last December, will be unveiled before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to the NATO summit in Brussels at the end of the month.

May 08, 2017

Canada is on track to spend millions over the next three years in its bid to win a rotating two-year seat on the United Nations' Security Council – even as some inside and outside the UN say the election process needs an overhaul.

May 08, 2017

Harjit Sajjan will find himself back in the spotlight and on the hot seat today as the Conservatives use their so-called opposition day to renew their attacks against the defence minister's credibility. Conservative defence critic James Bezan says he will table a non-binding motion in the House of Commons expressing a loss of confidence in Sajjan, and which MPs will have a chance to vote on.

May 08, 2017

Federal government offices in Gatineau, Quebec were closed Monday morning as officials chose to prioritize relief and remediation operations.

May 08, 2017

Flooding in southern Quebec has forced hundreds of people from their homes. Canadian Forces members and equipment are assisting civilian authorities along the 'Trois Rivieres-Ottawa corridor.'

May 05, 2017

On May 7th, Canadians from across the country will gather to commemorate the sacrifices made by the thousands of Canadians who fought so valiantly during the 1939-1945 Battle of the Atlantic.

May 05, 2017

On the eve of a NATO conference and ahead of a new policy, defence minister Harjit Sajjan carefully described how Canada's military came to be so badly equipped but pointedly did not assign political blame.  The next few weeks should reveal in more detail how the government plans to move ahead.

May 05, 2017

Last summer, the minister of finance, Bill Morneau received a briefing note from officials that showed the Boeing Super Hornet was significantly less expensive than the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Based on public information and obtained by Canadian Press under an access request, the note shows a per plane price gap as high as $56 million, depending on source information and other factors.

May 04, 2017

North Korea is building up islands in the Yellow Sea and may be preparing them for installation of military hardware. Analysts suggested construction work on the nearby islands, some of which are linked to the mainland by causeways, may allow North Korea to launch missiles there or install defensive anti-aircraft weaponry.

May 04, 2017

A Liberal MP who flew CF-18 fighter jets is taking exception to a Conservative leadership hopeful’s “Top Gun”-inspired promotion of himself. “Mind explaining your role as a fighter pilot or even a pilot for that matter?” Stephen Fuhr asked Erin O’Toole on Twitter.

May 04, 2017

There is no doubt Harjit Sajjan has lost respect as a soldier, say sources close to and inside the Canadian Armed Forces, and that this will colour the remainder of his tenure. But whether he retains credibility as a politician will depend on whether he delivers on promises to fix major funding and capability gaps. And there is significant skepticism about whether he can.

May 04, 2017

An American company that was paid nearly $700 million to secure an Iraqi base for F-16 fighter jets turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex trafficking - then terminated investigators who uncovered wrongdoing, an Associated Press investigation has found.

May 04, 2017

Two U.S. strategic bombers penetrated the airspace over the Korean Peninsula on Monday to conduct joint drills with the air forces of Japan and South Korea, according to media reports.

May 04, 2017

Questions swirled on Wednesday as Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan offered a grim assessment of the state of the military, but stopped short of saying exactly how the government plans to fix it. In a major speech to a who’s-who crowd of defence industry representatives and experts, Sajjan said years of underfunding had hollowed out the armed forces and left them struggling with even basic tasks.

May 04, 2017

Some Canadian Forces members in the middle east receive their pay tax free if they serve in an area deemed dangerous. Personnel not receiving the benefit because they deployed after a policy change say they are being investigated after complaining to their members of parliament.

May 03, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan issued a statement today after addressing the Conference of Defence Associations Institute on the state of Canada’s defence.

May 03, 2017

The Canadian Army will conduct Exercise Staged Response 2017, an annual emergency response exercise, to confirm the ability to initiate and support Joint Task Force Atlantic in response to major emergencies in Atlantic Canada, in a timely and effective manner.

May 03, 2017

Major-General Carl J. Turenne relinquished command of 5th Canadian Division to Brigadier-General Derek A. Macaulay.

May 03, 2017

HMCS Summerside and Moncton return to Halifax from rewarding deployment to West Africa following Neptune Trident 17-01.

May 03, 2017

As opposition politicians continue to hammer Canada’s defence minister for trying to claim credit as “the architect” of a major Afghan war operation, some in and out of uniform are questioning why anyone would want to have what, is arguably, a dubious honour.

May 03, 2017

Speaking on condition of anonymity, federal officials said the defence minister would take advantage of a speaking opporunity today in Ottawa to blame the previous Conservative government for gaps in the military equipment purchasing plan.

May 03, 2017

After two days of questioning in the House of Commons about his claim to be the architect of Op Medusa in Afghanistan, the minister of defence Harjit Sajjan skipped an event last night due to a sudden scheduling conflict. He is expected to speak to the Conference of Defence Associations Institute today.

May 02, 2017

It may help dispel confusion to read the complete and unabridged letter of recommendation written in 2006 by Brigadier-General David Fraser, then commander of Canada's Coalition Task Force in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

May 02, 2017

The Quebec shipbuilding company at the centre of the RCMP's case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is shrugging off the controversy and says it is on track to deliver an interim supply ship for the navy this fall.

May 02, 2017

"Well, what a sorry spectacle that was," Christie Blatchford says in today's National Post. "Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan standing, 11 times by my count, in question period Monday and talking about 'owning' his mistake and never intending to 'diminish the great work' of his superiors in the Canadian Army and other soldiers."

May 02, 2017

The Canadian defence minister, Harjit Sajjan faced tough questions in the House of Commons Monday for claiming he was the 'architect' of the 2006 Operation MEDUSA in Afghanistan. The London Free Press writes that Sajjan must be replaced.

May 01, 2017

HMCS Saskatoon returned to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt today after a successful two-month deployment on Operation Caribbe.

May 01, 2017

The Chief of the Defence Staff released the third Progress Report on eliminating sexual misconduct in the CAF.

May 01, 2017

Finland has rolled out significant legislative and intelligence facility funding proposals meant to strengthen national security and cyber-defense infrastructure. One major initiative includes the establishment in Helsinki of the NATO-supported European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, or ECE-CHT.

May 01, 2017

The Canadian defence minister Harjit Sajjan has already apologized for claiming he planned Operation Medusa, a major military mission in Afghanistan but that's not good enough for some opposition members. James Bezan, the Conservative defence critic plans to ask the minister for a full apology in the House of Commons.

May 01, 2017

Carleton University Professor Elinor Sloan writes that the allegations against VAdm Mark Norman show that the Canadian defence procurement system is badly broken. RCMP allege VAdm Norman illegally shared information related to a shipbuilding contract.

May 01, 2017

Soldiers from 4 Engineer Support Regiment, based at Camp Gagetown, are in Latvia to build the housing and infrastructure for an eventual 450 Canadian soldiers. Canada has a three-year NATO commitment in support of peace and stability.

Apr 28, 2017

Officially launching its 2017 season, the SkyHawks team will be performing at the 'Wings Over Gatineau" airshow this weekend.

Apr 28, 2017

Information in now-publicly-available documents the RCMP filed to obtain a search warrant for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s electronic devices, offers no indication that he prospered in any personal or tangible way. It seems clear that he had no criminal intent and believed he was acting in the public interest.

Apr 28, 2017

Two Canada Border Services Agency officers are among five people arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for breach of trust and drug importation offences. The RCMP alleges they were importing cocaine through Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

Apr 28, 2017

Last week, during a speech in India, Canadian defence minister Harjit Sajjan claimed to have been the "architect of Operation Medusa", a battle in Afghanistan in 2006. Sajjan has since retracted the claim, which another officer called "a bald-faced lie" and apologized.

Apr 28, 2017

The documents used to obtain a search warrant in the investigation of VAdm Mark Norman show how intense the fight for defence contracts can become. With billion dollar contracts as the rewards of success, lobbying and political pressure are businesses' weapons.

Apr 27, 2017

The ceremony marks the transition between Rotations 15 and 16 of Operation Kobold, Canada's contribution to the Kosovo Force (KFOR), the NATO-led peace-support operation working to develop a capable Kosovo Security Force.

Apr 27, 2017

Reuters reports that fog conditions may have contributed to a Russian naval reconnaissance ship colliding with a freighter and then sinking near the Turkish coast. No loss of life reported.

Apr 27, 2017

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Defence, finished a two-day visit to Malaysia focused on common issues of security, defence and trade.

Apr 27, 2017

Documents used by the RCMP to obtain search warrants in their investigation of cabinet leaks surrounding a shipbuilding contract show extensive contacts between VAdm Mark Norman, then Vice Chief Defence Staff and a Quebec shipbuilding executive. The focus of the communication was a contract awarded to a Quebec shipyard for the modification of a supply ship for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Apr 26, 2017

Citing his failure to gain traction in Quebec and his poor French-language skills as reasons for dropping out, the leadership hopeful has ended his campaign only hours before the last leadership debate in Toronto, and two days before party members can start casting their votes.

Apr 26, 2017

The NAFTA deal, was originally signed in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, allows free trade between the three countries in North America. Donald Trump's team is reportedly preparing an executive order to take the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement – it could be signed very soon.

MBDA awarded £323 million deal for CAMM missiles
Apr 26, 2017

MBDA has been awarded a £323 million deal for the next batch of cutting-edge air defence missiles for the United Kingdom Armed Forces.

Apr 26, 2017

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) hosted a cooking challenge today designed to test and showcase the navy’s brand-new ovens.

Apr 26, 2017

Military police at Wainwright, Alberta are investigating a training accident that killed Sgt. Robert J. Dynerowicz of the Royal Canadian Dragoons and injured three others. The Petawawa based soldier was taking part in Exercise RUGGED BEAR.

Apr 25, 2017

Two new Transportation and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering buildings to be constructed at 3 Wing Bagotville.

Apr 25, 2017

After details of a November 2015 cabinet decision on shipbuilding were leaked to the media, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intervened directly to press the RCMP to find the source. A lengthy investigation led to allegations against VAdm Mark Norman, then Vice Chief Defence Staff who was suspended from duty.

Apr 25, 2017

New figures indicate Canadian defence spending has dropped to a post-war low of 0.88 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The United States is putting pressure on its allies to increase their defence spending to 2.0 percent of GDP.

Apr 24, 2017

HMCS Saskatoon seizes 464 kg and assists in disruption of an estimated 1,500 kg of cocaine in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard during Operation Caribbe.

Apr 24, 2017

Should the tense standoff on the Korean Peninsula escalate into war, the United Nations could come calling on Canada for a military commitment. But Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Friday the Trudeau government would prefer to focus its attention on diplomacy.

Apr 24, 2017

The alleged abuse of Canadian soldiers at the hands of their own military during training exercises was widespread during the '80s and '90s, according to former military members.

Apr 24, 2017

On Friday Apr 21, an Ontario Superior Court justice lifted the publication ban and ruled to unseal large sections of a redacted RCMP affidavit concerning the criminal investigation of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman for alleged breach of trust in leaking government secrets. Justice Phillips’s decision is stayed for seven days to allow VAdm Norman’s legal team to consider an appeal, having previously argued that releasing the documents would jeopardize potential jury impartiality.

Apr 23, 2017

Former CSIS director Richard Fadden says the lack of explanation around the suspension of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is unprecedented. “It’s never happened,” Fadden told Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period, during a roundtable discussion airing Sunday. “I think we’ll have to wait what the RCMP comes up with but I’m particularly concerned with the amount of time it’s taking.”

Apr 21, 2017

From 17 to 30 April Latvia's Adazi national training range is hosting more than 1,200 personnel from Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States in an exercise on manoeuvres.

Apr 21, 2017

Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance has announced a number of promotions and retirements that will take place this year.

Apr 21, 2017

​France began picking itself up Friday from another deadly shooting claimed by ISIS, with President Francois Hollande convening the government's security council and his would-be successors in the presidential election campaign treading carefully before voting this weekend.

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