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Naval Warfare Officers, Sub-Lieutenants Ashley Clark and Sara Dawe
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10 Oct – Naval Warfare Officers, Sub-Lieutenants Ashley Clark and Sara Dawe keep a close eye on the NATO allies ahead of them as HMCS Halifax sails in a group formation off the coast of Spain.

Photo: Corporal Braden Trudeau
Aerospace Engineering Officers reprogram Electronic Warfare Operational Support
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14 Oct – Aerospace Engineering Officers, Captains Shirley Gilbert and Mathieu Gagnon reprogram Electronic Warfare Operational Support at the Mihail Kogӑlniceanu Airbase in Romania.

Photo: LS Erica Seymour, 4 Wing
Royal 22e Régiment conduct river insertion during a Basic Jungle Warfare course
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20 Oct – Members of B Company, 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment conduct a river insertion during a Basic Jungle Warfare course at the Centre d’Entraînement en Forêt Équatoriale, French Guiana.

Cpl Matthieu Racette, Combat Camera
ROC drills in Gagetown
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29 Oct – Royal Canadian Regiment 2nd Battalion conducts ROC drills prior to deploying to the live fire range during Exercise Royal Rising in Gagetown, New-Brunswick.

Photo: Cpl Nicolas Alonso
Pathfinders secure a landing zone within the fortified walls of the Québec Citadel
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26 Oct – The final phase of the patrol pathfinder course 2019 includes securing a landing zone within the fortified walls of the Québec Citadel.

Photo: Private Marc-André Leclerc
Pathfinder course 2019
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26 Oct – Candidates in the final phase of the patrol pathfinder course storm the Québec Citadel during their final mission to secure a landing zone within the fortified walls.

Photo: Private Marc-André Leclerc
Sgt Daniel Jacklin and LS Henry Smith prepare Zodiac aboard HMCS Ottawa
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28 Oct – Sergeant Daniel Jacklin and Leading Seaman Henry Smith prepare the Zodiac for a man overboard exercise onboard HMCS Ottawa during Operations Projection and Neon.

Photo: LS Victoria Ioganov
Master Seaman Ryan Stockie prepares the Close-In-Weapons-System
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28 Oct – Master Seaman Ryan Stockie prepares the Close-In-Weapons-System for loading as part of post-fire maintenance onboard HMCS Ottawa during Operations Projection and Neon.

Photo: LS Victoria Ioganov
CF-188 Hornet provides live fire training support
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9 Oct - Canadian CF-188 Hornet provides live fire training support for students participating in the Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Course 1901 weapons range, north of Galaţi, Romania.

Photo: LS Erica Seymour
Lieutenant(N) Jason Teichroeb takes a bearing while sailing in formation during Exercise Dynamic Mariner off the coast of Spain.
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10 Oct - Naval Warfare Officer, Lieutenant(N) Jason Teichroeb takes a bearing while sailing in formation during Exercise Dynamic Mariner off the coast of Spain.

Photo: Cpl Braden Trudeau
Exercise Urban Reaper training in Latvia
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Oct 21 - Canadian Army members with enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia conduct a quick shoot training exercise at camp Ādaži, Latvia, as part of Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Cpl Vuong-De Ramos
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IN THE NEWS

Dec 05

John Rood, the U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, says that despite additional U.S. troops deployments to the Middle East in the last six months, Iran remains a threat. He told reporters Nov. 4 that the U.S. continues to see “indications . . . that potential Iranian aggression could occur.” He spoke in the wake of a Defense Intelligence Agency report that Iran is producing “increasingly capable” ballistic and cruise missiles.

Dec 05

Persistent and substantial maintenance delays are hindering the U.S. Navy’s its ability to be ready for operations and training. The Government Accountability Office says vessels have spent at least 33,700 more days in maintenance than expected due to insufficient shipyard capacity and a shortage of skilled workers, among other things. The GAO also says that while the USN is trying to remedy the situation, it has not complied with 11 of 17 earlier recommendations.

Dec 05

The Royal Canadian Air Force has confirmed that two of its five CC-150 Polaris transports have been grounded. One was damaged when it rolled into a hangar wall at Trenton while the second was deemed “unserviceable” after a routine inspection disclosed an engine problem. The converted Airbus A-310-300s, acquired in 1992, are used for VIP transport and other missions.

Dec 05

Helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder is the reason for a new U.S. Postal Service stamp. Proceeds from sales will be donated to the Department of Veterans Affairs and to the National Center for PTSD.

Dec 05

A “significant cache” of suspected Iranian guided missile parts headed to rebels in Yemen has been seized by U.S. Navy and Coast Guard crews in the northern Arabian sea. The U.S. has consistently accused Iran of illegally smuggling arms to Houthi rebels but until now had intercepted only smaller and less sophisticated weapons.

Dec 05

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says the U.S. has completed its military pullback in northeastern Syria, settling into a more stable posture of about 600 troops in the rest of the country. That represents a 40 per cent reduction since President Donald Trump’s initial withdrawal order in October, but Esper says he still can redeploy smaller numbers as needed.

Dec 05

A senior Department of Defense official says President Donald Trump will request at least $250 million more in “security aid” for Ukraine in his upcoming budget request to Congress. The package evidently could include Javelin anti-tank weapons but those would have to be requested by Ukraine. A $39 million sale of 150 anti-tank missiles and two additional launchers is already pending atop 200 missiles and 37 launchers the U.S. sold to Ukraine last year.

Dec 05

A reservist in Calgary with a history of ties to hate groups and spreading racism is being investigated by the Royal Canadian Navy nearly four years after enlisting. Boris Mihajlovic was an administrator of a now-defunct neo-Nazi website as well as being involved with another froup identified by the government as a terrorist organization. Mihajlovic now says no longer holds those views and has tried to turn his life around.

Dec 05

Effective implementation of arms and dual-use export controls is a challenge for many countries and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute suggests that meeting that challenge is an increasingly complex task. In a report funded by the U.S. State Department, the institute says this is due to the expansion of brokering activities, and the increased volume and importance of intangible technology transfers.

Dec 05

With Canada and several other NATO members still struggling to reach the alliance’s stated goal of two per cent of national GDP on defence, a former senior U.S. diplomat responsible for NATO policy says three per cent would be a more useful goal. Daniel S. Hamilton, now the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, says the alliance “must be prepared to confront a wider variety of challenges."

Dec 04

U.S. President Donald Trump, described as furious at a perceived slight by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, cut short his participation in the NATO leaders summit Dec. 4. Cancelling a scheduled news conference, he criticized Trudeau whom he suggested had led laughter at his expense during cocktails with several other leaders. Trump said was probably annoyed at Trump’s continued pressure on defence spending.

Dec 04

A Canberra-based think-tank, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, says 43 Chinese universities should be considered “very high” or “high” risk to deal with because of their work on defence projects. The assessment by the ASPI, which is partly funded by the U.S. State Department, comes just weeks after the Australian government published guidelines for universities on how to reduce the threat of foreign entities leveraging academic research. The institute also launched a database that classifies risk posed by research partnerships with some 160 Chinese universities, security institutions and defence industry groups.

Dec 04

All operators of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are expected be able nest year to use simulatorto practise large-scale internationally-coordinated tactics, according to Chauncey McIntosh, the company’s vice president for F-35 training. Testing is gvoing “very well” at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and “essentially we’re waiting just to get the accreditation from the government.”

Dec 04

The U.S. Air Force sees systems integration as the key to military effectiveness but it says a budget hike is needed to turn its vision into reality. A key element of preparedness would be an ability to link so that combat could be replicated can replicate combat on a massive scale. “Individual weapon system simulators can help our men and women become proficient tacticians, but it’s their ability to integrate and connect that will differentiate us against a peer threat,” says Gen. Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff, adding that the USAF plans to spend “a lot of money” on multidomain command and control in its next five-year plan.

Dec 04

A virtual training simulator designed to immerse full platoons of soldiers at a time into realistic battlefield settings has been unveiled by The Raytheon Company. Among other things, users can shoot at enemy targets and even call in close-air support. The prototype Synthetic Training Environment Soldier Virtual Trainer was shown off at the Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Dec 04

Looking ahead to the 2020 presidential election, the U.S. Marine Corps has issued a directive on what’s off-limits to personnel in terms of their political activity. Troops on active duty and civilian personnel can use social media but must clarify that their views are individual and not those of the USMC or the Department of Defense. It also states, among other things, that sharing or linking to a political page would be akin to distributing material on behalf of the source.

Dec 04

Maritime claims in the South China Sea are a top priority in the Malaysian governments first defence white paper even as moves to modernize its military are bogged down financially. Describing the paper as a platform for discussion of his country’s strategic outlook, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu highlighted China-U.S. tensions which he said are likely to intensify.

Dec 04

A spokesman for the Kremlin says reports that NATO plans to increase defence spending is proof that Moscow is right to be concerned about what it sees is the alliance’s eastward expansion. “We see that NATO carries out actions aimed at containment and expansion with regards our country,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters in a confrence call, adding that his country would not engage in a costly arms race.

Dec 04

Mike Griffin. U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering is worried about the future of the Space Development Agency, which he says is critical to delivering persistent, global capabilities in an affordable and timely manner. "When the things we think we need to do are delayed or prevented by budget battles in Congress and continuing resolutions, it slows us down and in some cases prevents us from doing things that we earnestly believe we need to do."

Dec 04

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says Turkey has walked back its refusal to support the alliance’s defence plan for the Baltics and Poland until other NATO members supported Turkey’s fight with the Syrian Kurdish militia it calls a terrorist organization. He also told reporters Dec. 4 that NATO wants a better relationship with Russia and that he feels China must be involved in arms limitations or reductions talks.

Dec 04

Finalizing a Request for Prototype Proposals for testing military uses of 5G at two select U.S bases, the Department of Defense is soliciting input from industry. The notice follows a November announcement that testing at four bases could begin next year. Feedback could guide DoD decision on what level of testing and trials the government would permit.

Dec 04

A day after China banned U.S. military ships and aircraft from visiting Hong Kong, Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff , spoke by telephone Dec. 3 with Gen. Li Zuocheng, head of the Joint Staff Department in China’s Central Military Commission. The U.S. says they “agreed on the value of a productive dialogue, effectively managing differences, and cooperation on areas of common ground.”

Dec 04

A report by NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence highlights the security risks of importing Huawei 5G telecom systems but acknowledges that national governments are unlikely to issue the “blanket bans” sought by the U.S. The report says an appropriate response is for more government supervision of what companies such as Huawei are offering.

Dec 04

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not mention President Donald Trump by name during a Dec. 3 cocktail gathering in Buckingham Palace, Trudeau is being called “two-faced” by the U.S. President over some overhead comments. During a chat with his British and Dutch counteparts, French President Emmanuel Macron and Princess Anne, Trudeau had said Trump was late due to his lengthy press conferences. Asked the following morning to comment, Trump said, “well, he’s two-faced” and suggested the PM was reacting to U.S. pressure to spend more on defence. “I can imagine he’s not that happy, but that’s the way it is.”

Dec 03

U.S. Navy carrier-based aircraft crews will use a small island the Japanese government has purchased from its corporate owner for ¥16 billion ($193 million). Instead of using a contentious site on Iwojima island south of Tokyo, Field Carrier Landing Practice now will use Mageshima Island in the East China Sea.

ISSUES & IDEAS

Ken Pole's picture

Liberal MP Anthony Rota was voted in as the new Speaker of the House of Commons for the 43rd Parliament which opened Nov 5th.

Hudson examines recent government changes through a defence and security lens. Ministerial changes, departmental and mandate adjustments,  background insights and other nuggets.

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As preparations continue for the forthcoming NATO summit in London, Canada once again is considered as a “defence freeloader”.

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