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CC-177 Globemaster
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22 July - RCAF Traffic Technicians load COVID-19 related humanitarian and medical supplies on a CC-177 Globemaster to be flown to Hounduras as part of Operation GLOBE 20-02.

CAF Photo: Cpl Jerome Lessard
Operation Unifier
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29 July - Commander of Operation Unifier, LCol Ryan Stimpson and CWO Chris Rigby tour the NGU Training Facility in Zolochiv, Ukraine during Op Unifier.

CAF Photo: Lt(N) Kevin Moffat
OS Jacob Widmaier fires C8 Carbine rifle
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21 Aug – Weapons Engineering Technician, OS Jacob Widmaier fires C8 Carbine rifle aboard HMCS Glace Bay during Operation Nanook 2020.

CAF Photo: Cpl David Veldman
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20 Aug – Members of enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) participate in Exercise CABRIT to increase interoperability and cooperation in Latvia.

Photo: eFP Battle Group
Safety boat loiters during a diver training off the coast of Hawaii during RIMPAC 2020
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22 Aug –Safety boat loiters during a diver training off the coast of Hawaii during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020.

Photo: MS Dan Bard, CF Combat Camera
HMCS Winnipeg
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Cdr Michael Stefanson, CO of HMCS Winnipeg, communicates with partner RIMPAC nations during a weapons exercise off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands during RIMPAC 20.

Photo: LS Valerie LeClair, MARPAC
Exercise CABRIT
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26 Aug – Members of enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Latvia, Poland and Estonia utilize unmanned system capabilities during Exercise CABRIT in the vicinity of Camp Adazi.

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CAF Firefighters on HMCS Regina
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19 August – Crew members aboard HMCS Regina conduct a fire exercise during Exercise RIMPAC 2020.

Photo: MS Dan Bard, CF Combat Camera
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IN THE NEWS

Sep 22

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance must embrace non-European countries to expand its influence in light of China's growing military power. “The rise of China is fundamentally shifting the global balance of power,” he told a virtual conference. “Using NATO more politically is valuable to send a clear and unified political message, because together NATO allies represent half the world's economic and military might.”

Sep 22

Germany evidently is trying to find a way to let non-European countries participate in the emerging defence cooperation plan. “It is an important issue to solve, particularly for close NATO partners,” Karl-Heinz Kamp, a Ministry of Defence special envoy, said during a recent virtual conference.

Sep 22

Japan's defense budget for the upcoming fiscal year is ¥5.4 trillion (approximately C$65.6 billion). A 1.63 per cent rise from 2020, it will be the 10th consecutive increase.

Sep 22

U.S. Army Futures Command has given the green light to development of electrically-powered tactical and combat vehicles. “The requirement also aims to increase operational reach across all maneuver formations through electric propulsion, which offers a variety of operational and tactical benefits,” it says. “These include the potential to double operational duration, implement silent mobility . . . and potentially reduce the Army’s logistical burden by nearly half when fully implemented.”

Sep 22

Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the European Space Agency to coordinate development and construction of two radar satellites for monitoring polar ice and snow topography. The €300-million venture to improve understanding of climate change and maritime operations involves suppliers in 19 countries.

Sep 22

A former U.S. Coast Guard commandant, Adm Paul Zukunft, says efforts by the U.S. and its allies to counter growing Chinese and Russian presences in the High Arctic are hampered inadequate intelligence. “We have significant domain awareness challenges, and that really begins in the high latitudes,” he told a recent virtual conference. “Things start to get pretty dark once you get up higher than 72 degrees north.”

Sep 22

The commanding officer of the Northfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia has been dismissed as the U.S. Navy struggles with returning ships to service. A USN spokesman said Capt Kai Torkelson’s dismissal was “tied to issues related to a loss of confidence in leadership to correct underlying performance issues.” A recent Government Accountability Office audit highlighted “persistent and substantial maintenance delays that hinder the readiness of aircraft carriers and submarines.”

Sep 22

The recently-retired Chief Learning Officer of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, John R. Kroger, says he was “deeply impressed” by the professionalism of the personnel with whom he served, but fears that the USN has “drifted badly off course” under the Trump administration. The USMC veteran and now president of a global non-profit organization says short-term civilian leaders’ failures have damaged the USN’s effectiveness, undermined morale, and jeopardized national security.

Sep 22

An Army reservist who also is a New York City police officer has been charged with being an “intelligence asset” for China, monitoring the Tibetan independence movement in the U.S. Court files state that Tibetan expatriate Baimadajie Angwang worked for handlers at the Chinese consulate in New York.

Sep 21

The U.S. has imposed new sanctions on 27 individuals in Iran’s defense ministry and elsewhere in its nuclear program, a move rejected by key European allies as well as Russia and China. It also imposed new sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, accusing him of having conspired with Iran “to flout the UN arms embargo.”

Sep 21

The U.S. Government Accountability Office says the Veterans Benefits Administration could do a better job of handling the cases of some 18,000 former military service personnel now living abroad. While it says claims processing has been accelerated in recent years, it has made five suggestions for further improvements.

Sep 21

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has given all federal departments and agencies until the end of today to deal with a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows which was disclosed more than a month ago. The agency warns that failure to apply an update released by Microsoft could have dire consequences.

Sep 21

David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. from 2016 to 2019, has been cited by the federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner for improper lobbying less than a year after he left office. Nine ministers, aides and senior public servants were involved in the meetings requested by MacNaughton on behalf of Palantir Technologies Canada, a subsidiary of a privately-held U.S. software company.

Sep 21

Military spouses and common-law partners are the focus of a Department of National Defence initiative designed to open up opportunities for employment in the federal public service overall. The new initiative builds on an existing platform designed to identify openings within DND.

Sep 21

The only NATO operational command in North America, Joint Force Command Norfolk, has been stood up in Virginia. It is tasked with reinforcing the alliance’s Atlantic presence with an array of multi-domain capabilities. The Department of National Defence has told FrontLine that two Canadians have been posted to JFCN but that its complement will be increased to six by mid-2021.

Sep 21

The global proliferation of new weapons puts North America’s political autonomy and financial stability at risk, according to the CDA Institute. Among other things, it urges NORAD to give priority to development of All Domain Awareness capabilities to detect, identify, and track new threats at great distances.

Sep 21

The German and French defence ministers used a visit to Airbus Defence and Space headquarters in Manching, Germany, to stress the importance of fostering key European defence programs. Guillaume Faury, CEO of the parent Airbus Group, called the unprecedented joint visit “a clear signal of the importance of a strong and capable defence industry for Europe.”

Sep 21

Ever since a senior U.S. Air Force official disclosed recently that a prototype next-generation fighter had been tested, there has been intense speculation about how it was manufactured. Washington-based analyst Byron Callan offers some insight.

Sep 18

This year's wreath laying ceremony, on Sunday 20 Sept, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain can be watched on Facebook this year, as COVID restricts spectators on site. Vintage Wings of Canada aircraft, which represent those flown in the Battle of Britain by the Royal Canadian Air Force, will fly over the Beechwood National Military Cemetery at an altitude no lower than 1000 feet above the highest point of the cemetery before resuming a higher flying altitude.

Sep 18

DND is making it easier for military spouses and common-law partners to find secure and meaningful jobs. Today, the Military Spouse Employment Initiative will open up opportunities for them across the entire federal public service.

Sep 17

U.S. President Donald Trump “personally would have no problem” selling Lockheed Martin F-35s to the United Arab Emirates or other Middle East buyers despite objections from Israel. He shared his stance ahead of 15 September White House signing agreements designed to normalize Israel’s relations with the UAE and. Bahrain.

Sep 17

President Donald Trump says he wanted Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad assassinated in revenge for his forces’ use of chemical weapons against civilians in 2017. “I had him all set,” Trump said in a TV interview, adding that his Defense Secretary at the time, retired Marine Gen Jim Mattis, “was against most of that stuff.”

Sep 17

Iran has rejected two proposed Canadian class-action lawsuits over its missile shoot-down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 shortly after takeoff from Tehran last January. “The Canadian court has no jurisdiction,” a foreign ministry spokesman says. However, a Toronto lawyer involved in one action says the case is within Canadian jurisdiction through the 2012 Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act.

Sep 17

The relationship between increasingly advanced and more complex aircraft electronics and pilots’ ability to manage the latest generation of aircraft is being studied by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In one incident, spatial disorientation evidently caused the Japanese pilot of a Lockheed Martin F-35 to crash into the Pacific.

Sep 17

With 5G becoming the next generation of mobile telecommunications, China’s involvement in the technology remains a widespread concern because of national security questions. Most of the concern is in the U.S. but it also has become a political conundrum for Canada and other allies. The Australian Strategic Policy Initiative has taken a close look at the issue.

ISSUES & IDEAS

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This year’s biennial two-week Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) has finished off with a bang. In fact, lots of bangs that resulted in the sinking of a ship.

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Three bids for replacing Canada's ageing fighter aircraft were received before the 31 July deadline. In advance of that much-delayed decision, contracts for new fighter facilities at 4 Wing Cold Lake and 3 Wing Bagotville are moving forward.

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Ross Fetterley reflects on annual defence budgets and the impact on capabilities from long-term funding shifts as COVID continues to force the federal government to implement measures that will inject liquidity into the economy.

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