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IN THE NEWS

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).

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.

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