IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Apr 21, 2017

CAF personnel who retire from Joint Personnel Support Units will remain in uniform until all their paperwork is done and their pension payments are ready. However, LGen Chuck Lamarre, head of military personnel was unable to say when all retired members would receive their pensions.

Apr 20, 2017

Brigadier-General Shane Brennan assumed command today of the Joint Personnel Support Unit, a national unit dedicated to supporting ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members.

Apr 20, 2017

Backtracking from a move that would see compensation rules change mid-deployment, the Government has approved Minister Sajjan’s request to grandfather the hardship and risk levels for the locations of Arifjan and Ali Al Salem in Kuwait for CAF members currently deployed on Operation Impact.

Apr 20, 2017

The Government of Canada renewed the Space Advisory Board with the appointment of new members and a new mandate.

Apr 20, 2017

Oshkosh Defense has announced today that it has been awarded multiple delivery orders from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command to recapitalize its family of heavy tactical vehicles. Overall, the awards are valued at more than $US 258 million for the recapitalization of 670 vehicles and the production of an additional 356 accompanying trailers.

Apr 20, 2017

Ever since U.S. President Donald Trump’s election win in November, international governments and industry have tried to sort out what his "America First" policies would mean for the global partnerships that define the defence industry in 2017.

Apr 20, 2017

What does Sajjan have to say about the comments made by Amarinder Singh, the top elected official in India’s Punjab province? Here is part of a question and answer with Canadian journalists yesterday.

Apr 20, 2017

Former veterans ombudsman Pat Stogran is expected to confirm Thursday his intention to seek the federal NDP leadership. The retired Canadian Armed Forces colonel is set to make an announcement at a downtown Ottawa hotel.

Apr 20, 2017

Two Russian long-range bombers flew about 100 miles off the Alaskan coast on Monday night, the first time since President Donald Trump took office that Moscow has sent warplanes so close to the United States, the military said Tuesday.

Apr 20, 2017

The troubled acquisition of Cyclone maritime helicopters by the Royal Canadian Air Force has run into computer troubles. Only a handful of aircraft are available for training and testing but an unexplained computer malfunction has kept all of them on the ground since March 10.

Apr 20, 2017

Soldiers from 1 Canadian Mechanized Battle Group (1 CMBG) trained with their US Army counterparts in Washington State and Texas April 4 to 11 in Exercise Warfighter. The commander of 1 CMBG Bill Fletcher said the exercise allowed the Canadians to train at the Corps and Division level.

Apr 19, 2017

China defended its trade practices on Tuesday after Chinese-made vehicles were seen towing ballistic missiles during a North Korea military parade despite international sanctions against selling military hardware to Pyongyang.

Apr 19, 2017

The Trump administration has notified Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama, and says the U.S. has extended the sanctions relief given to the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on its atomic program.

Apr 19, 2017

For more than a week, media reports have mentioned the approach of the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson's carrier strike group, seemingly implying an attack on North Korea could be imminent. But a week after the U.S. announced the carrier and its escorts would leave Singapore and return to Korean waters, the carrier and its group had yet to head north.

Apr 19, 2017

One of the most curious aspects of the criminal investigation involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman — whom the RCMP suspects of breach of trust and disclosing cabinets secrets — is the notion that one particular leak, involving the navy's deal to acquire a temporary supply ship, stood out among all of the other leaks that flood Canada's capital on a weekly basis.

Apr 19, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s visit to his native India this week has run into controversy after one of the country’s political leaders accused him of being a Sikh nationalist.

Apr 19, 2017

Veterans Affairs minister Kent Hehr announced a new program of support for retired Canadian military members' education Tuesday. After six years, a member qualifies for about $40,000 in benefits and after 12 years, a veteran could receive up to $80,000 for educational purposes.

Apr 18, 2017

Ms. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has agreed to become the sponsor of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Harry DeWolf. HMCS Harry DeWolf is the lead ship in the RCN’s upcoming class of Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels.

Apr 18, 2017

Canada will lead a robust multinational NATO battlegroup in Latvia as part of the Alliance’s enhanced Forward Presence in Central and Eastern Europe.

Apr 18, 2017

GE’s Marine Solutions announced that the United States Coast Guard commissioned new National Security Cutter Munro.

Apr 18, 2017

In a trip full of Cold War symbolism, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence travelled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over."

Apr 18, 2017

Only at a North Korean press conference at the United Nations, can you hear a diplomat say he hoped journalists had a good holiday weekend and then warn of possible thermonuclear war.

Apr 18, 2017

The Liberal government isn’t ruling out a military contribution in Syria, a government spokesman told The Huffington Post Canada. And it won’t say whether it will back further unilateral action in the region by the United States to help remove Bashar al-Assad.

Apr 18, 2017

The United States has sent a small number of F-35A Joint Strike Fighters to Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath in England for several weeks of training with NATO allies. The deployment is part of the European Reassurance Initiative, meant to deter potential aggressors.

Apr 18, 2017

About 60 members of 408 Squadron, based in Edmonton are deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Impact, relieving members based in Valcartier, Quebec. Four Griffon helicopters support more than 800 Canadian Forces members serving in Iraq and Kuwait.

Apr 17, 2017

China and Russia have dispatched intelligence-gathering vessels from their navies to chase the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which is heading toward waters near the Korean Peninsula, reveal multiple sources of the Japanese government.

Apr 17, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will visit India from April 17 to April 23 where he will meet with Indian officials, including the Minister of Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley and Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj.

Apr 17, 2017

The American vice-president Mike Pence has warned North Korea not to test the resolve of his chief, President Donald Trump, after air strikes in Syria and Afghanistan. Mr. Pence said "all options are on the table" to maintain the stability of South Korea.

Apr 17, 2017

After a hasty intervention in Syria following a chemical weapons attack, western powers and the United States in particular need to consider what would follow the defeat of Bashar Assad. As Libya proved, the sttus quo may be better than chaos.

Apr 14, 2017

The National Post, Globe and Mail and CBC are asking a judge to unseal the information used by RCMP  to obtain a search warrant in the investigation of VAdm Mark Norman. Counsel for VAdm Norman warns that release of the details might prejudice his client if the case ever came to trial. The judge has not yet ruled.

Apr 13, 2017

The federal government should increase military spending to 2% of GDP, and military procurement urgently requires a total revamp, says a Senate report released today.

Apr 13, 2017

Canada handed over command of Combined Task Force 150 to France today, completing Canada’s third command of this multinational maritime security and counter-terrorism task force located in the greater Middle East region.

Apr 13, 2017

The U.S. Army is poised to transform the ground robotics industry over the next year as it launches several competitions to define its future unmanned ground systems fleet.

Apr 13, 2017

North Korean monitoring service 38 North said Wednesday the country's Punggye-ri nuclear site is "primed and ready" for a sixth nuclear test. "The activity during the past six weeks is suggestive of the final preparations for a test," 38 North analyst Joseph Bermudez told CNN.

Apr 13, 2017

VAdm Mark Norman was relieved of his duties as Vice Chief Defence Staff in January during an investigation into leaked government secrets. Norman sent private emails mentioning Irving Shipbuilding's pursuit of government business but the company denies attempting to interfere improperly with the contracting process.

Apr 12, 2017

In a telephone call Chinese president Xi Jinping told US president Donald Trump his country wants "denuclearisation" and a peaceful solution on the Korean Peninsula. In a semi-official publication, Global Times, China warned North Korea it should "avoid making mistakes at this time."

Apr 12, 2017

President Trump has tweeted that the Chinese can solve the problem of North Korea or the United States will. He linked a favourable trade deal with China to its success dealing with the North Korean nuclear threat.

Apr 11, 2017

The Navy SEALs, one of the most elite special forces, has not been immune to the drug crisis. A CBS News investigation exposes the drug use and reveals an exclusive video in which a SEAL commander addresses the drug problem within their ranks. This two-part series begins on Tuesday on the “CBS Evening News” (6:30-7:00 PM, ET) and continues on Wednesday on “CBS This Morning" (7:00-9:00 AM).

Apr 11, 2017

Egypt imposed a three-month nationwide state of emergency Monday as President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi sought to ease public anger and take a tougher stand against Islamic extremists after suicide bombings at two Coptic Christian churches killed 45 people.

Apr 11, 2017

The United States has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack last week due to the fact that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment.

Apr 11, 2017

The United States military has been unable to make long-term plans in the face of short-term budgets from Congress. The new defense secretary, James Mattis, may change the conversation.

Apr 11, 2017

On Sunday a helicopter from HMCS Winnipeg allegedly flew low over a busy tourist beach on the Pacific island of Guam. While the aircraft would have been in approved airspace authorities do ask aviators to be mindful of people on the ground.

Apr 10, 2017

Two bombs exploded at churches in different cities in northern Egypt as worshippers were celebrating Palm Sunday, killing at least 43 people and wounding about 100.

Apr 10, 2017

At least 15 people are killed in bomb blast near Somalia's defence ministry, in an attack claimed by al-Shabab.

Apr 10, 2017

A 17-year-old asylum seeker from Russia was arrested Sunday in connection with an explosive device found near a busy subway station in Norway’s capital that police defused before it detonated

Apr 10, 2017

The Stockholm truck attack suspect was a rejected asylum seeker from Uzbekistan who eluded authorities' attempts to deport him by giving police a wrong address, Swedish police said Sunday, while announcing the arrest of a second suspect.

Apr 10, 2017

Russia has raised the prospect of war with the West while mocking British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson for cancelling a trip to Moscow in the wake of the Syrian nerve-gas attack.

Apr 10, 2017

The consolidation of Europe’s naval industry has taken a first, hesitant step with the approval of the purchase by Italy’s Fincantieri of a 48 percent stake in the French shipbuilder STX.

Apr 10, 2017

The RCAF has ordered a temporary halt of Cyclone helicopter flight operations. The Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division ordered a temporary pause of flight operations for the CH148 Cyclone, which remains in effect as of April 7, the RCAF noted in a statement.

Apr 10, 2017

With the recent paying off of the last Protecteur and Iroquois-class vessels, the Canadian navy is the smallest it has been in recent years, and for officials, this means minding the gap in capabilities.

Apr 10, 2017

In ceremonies across Canada and at a battlefield in France, Canadians remembered the storming and capture of Vimy Ridge. 3,598 soldiers were killed during the battle.

Apr 07, 2017

A man steered a stolen beer truck into a crowd of people and then rammed it into a department store, killing at least three people in what officials were calling a terrorist attack in the heart of Stockholm on Friday afternoon.

Apr 07, 2017

The PM has announced that Public Services Minister Judy Foote is taking an indefinite leave of absence from her job for personal and family reasons, saying “During her leave of absence, her ministerial duties will be performed by the Honorable Jim Carr who will serve as acting Minister of Public Services and Procurement, in addition to being Minister of Natural Resources.”

Apr 07, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada fully supports what he called the United States' "limited and focused action" in carrying out a missile strike on Syria in retaliation for this week's chemical weapons attack.

Apr 07, 2017

Aerospace giant Boeing Co. says it is working to address concerns raised by Canadian officials and others over pilots reporting oxygen deprivation and cockpit pressure loss while flying its Super Hornet fighter jets.

Apr 07, 2017

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, now fighting for his reputation and career in the face of an RCMP investigation, voiced his frustration at what he considered an attempt by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to scuttle a 2015 contract Ottawa had awarded to competitor Chantier-Davie Canada Inc. of Quebec, e-mails obtained by The Globe show.

Apr 07, 2017

In 2015 Russia and the United States signed an agreement to manage air activities over Syria. Now, after US missile strikes against a Syrian airbase, Russia has suspended the deal and said it will strengthen Syrian air defence.

Apr 07, 2017

After Tuesday's use of chemical weapons against civilians by the Syrian regime, and Russia's denial of involvement, President Donald Trump ordered a strike Friday with Tomahawk missiles against the airbase from where the chemical weapons were deployed. About 60 missiles were launched and there are reports of half a dozen people dead.

Apr 06, 2017

Documents obtained by CTV News show VAdm Mark Norman was concerned about the impact of lobbying on the contract for a new naval supply ship before he was ousted as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff. Sources say Irving Shipbuilding was trying to influence the new Liberal government to halt a contract award to Davie Shipbuilding. No charges have been laid in the now 15-month-long investigation. Sources say VAdm Norman is not being investigated for breaching national security, nor for seeking financial gain, yet he was relived of his duties in January 2017. Supporters say he is being used as a scapegoat.

Apr 06, 2017

Documents used by the RCMP to obtain search warrants allege that VAdm Mark Norman, relieved of his post as Vice Chief Defence Staff, illegally shared confidential information. The allegations relate to a controversy about the procurement of a navy supply ship.

Apr 06, 2017

To outsiders, the relationship between President Donald Trump and the defense industry got off to a rather rocky start. Lockheed CEO Marillyn Hewson offers her take on the new administration in an interview with Defense News.

Apr 05, 2017

The Canadian Army will honour the sacrifices of Canadians made a century ago at the Battle of Vimy Ridge during a number of events throughout Canada between the 8th and 9th of April, 2017.

Apr 05, 2017

China is increasing military activity in the Japanese airspace over eight uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. Japan has been averaging roughly two intercepts of Chinese aircrafts per day. This conflict could draw in other countries such as the United States.

Apr 05, 2017

On Tuesday, BGen Lise Bourgon received the Meritorious Service Cross from Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, one of 24 military people honoured for service and bravery.

Apr 05, 2017

The House of Commons has passed a Liberal bill that will establish a committee of parliamentarians to oversee national security and intelligence operations. Bill C-22 will create a committee of seven MPs and two senators with the power to look at intelligence and security operations in any department or agency.

Apr 05, 2017

Confronted by one of his first foreign crises, President Donald Trump on Tuesday split the blame for Syria’s worst chemical weapons attack in years between President Bashar Assad, its Russian-backed leader, and former President Barack Obama, as the new American administration struggled to explain what it might do in response.

Apr 05, 2017

At least 58 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in north-western Syria, a monitoring group says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that strikes on Khan Sheikhoun by Syrian government or Russian jets had caused many people to choke.

Apr 05, 2017

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the RCMP and CSIS have launched investigations in response to a CBC News/Radio-Canada report, which revealed that someone is using devices that track and spy on cellphones in the area around Parliament Hill.

Apr 05, 2017

Canada and Ukraine have signed a defence agreement covering such areas as policy, production and education. In recent years Canada has given Ukraine non-lethal military gear and assisted with training of Ukranian armed forces members.

Apr 05, 2017

Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax, Nova Scotia is now advertising in Australia for people to help "revitalize Canada's combatant fleet." The ads mention generous relocation benefits and assistance in integrating into the local community.

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