IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

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.

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.

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