IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Nov 21, 2018

Alion Canada, one of the firms involved in the $60-billion dollar procurement of Canada’s new fleet of warships, has launched a Federal Court appeal to overturn a recent decision to select Lockheed Martin as the preferred bidder.

Nov 21, 2018

Following the tabling of the Auditor General’s report on Canada’s fighter force, the defence minister has issued a statement saying that his department and the Canadian Armed Forces are taking several steps to address both the report’s recommendations, and the broader concerns around the fighter force.

Nov 21, 2018

The federal government has spent $11.8 million on legal fees relating to the Canadian Surface Combatant project over the past two years, some of that owing to a large number of amendments to the project’s request for proposals.

Nov 21, 2018

The European Union has unveiled a new batch of projects under its fledgling Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) defense pact. The new activities cover areas such as training, capability development and operational readiness on land, at sea and in the air, as well as cyber-defense.

Nov 21, 2018

Three years after the Canadian Armed Forces announced a zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault within its ranks, the federal Auditor-General says support for victims is fragmented and some members still do not feel safe in filing complaints.

Nov 20, 2018

Canada's auditor general has shot down the Liberal government's handling of the air force's aging CF-18s in a blistering report that raises questions about national security, and even long-term safety, regarding the viability of the country's frontline fighter jets.

Nov 20, 2018

A top uniformed NATO official warned Friday the European Union army concept endorsed by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would be “duplicative” and “unwise.”

Nov 20, 2018

Six years after helping blow up the Harper government's plans to buy F-35 stealth fighters without a competition, auditor general Michael Ferguson is about to release a new report on Canada's tumultuous attempts to buy new fighter jets.

Nov 20, 2018

Former soldiers in crisis are being sent regularly to outside agencies for emergency assistance by case managers at Veterans Affairs Canada – even though the Liberal government has its own, modest relief fund.

Nov 20, 2018

Neither Canada’s top soldier nor the commander of the air force had or produced any records about a fighter jet “capability gap” in the year leading up to the Liberal government’s announcement that such a critical issue had to be dealt with by spending billions to buy aircraft.

Nov 19, 2018

Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force begin participation in CRUZEX FLIGHT 18, a multinational exercise hosted by the Brazilian Air Force.

Nov 19, 2018

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, addressed NATO parliamentarians in Halifax today. Canada has been hosting the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's 64th Annual Session which kicked off on Friday 16th and wraps up today in Halifax.

Nov 19, 2018

New submarines won’t be part of the future mix for the Royal Canadian Navy, at least in the foreseeable future. In 2017, a Senate defence committee recommended the subs be replaced. The Commons defence committee also recently made a similar recommendation. But the Liberal government has rejected that recommendation.

Nov 19, 2018

The man who leads the Canadian Armed Forces says the military has failed to adequately integrate women and minorities, partly because it has for too long relied on an antiquated template for its recruits.

Nov 19, 2018

The greatest threats currently facing the NATO alliance are Russian aggression in and around the Ukraine and violent extremism in the Middle East, NATO deputy secretary general Rose Gottemoeller told Global News.

Nov 19, 2018

Canada's peacekeeping mission in Mali will end in July as planned, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has confirmed, saying that Canada will have fulfilled its year-long promise to head the Mali mission by July.

Nov 19, 2018

It can be a scary world out there. But Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance says there's no need to panic – at least, any more than we used to.

Nov 19, 2018

Canada;s deputy minister of defence held fast to the government's stance on defence spending on Saturday, despite some pointed questioning about Canada's commitment following her presentation before NATO's defence and security committee.

Nov 19, 2018

With a federal election less than a year away, Canada’s defence minister is warning voters they will be targeted by online cyber-attacks and fake news as Russia steps up its efforts to undermine western democracies.

Nov 16, 2018

North Korea’s state-run media announced on 16 November that the country recently conducted a test of what it described as a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon”: a move that comes amid stalled talks with the US over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.

Nov 16, 2018

French defense officials said they will bring requirements to the future Franco-German combat aircraft that they believe are deeply connected to the country’s sovereignty: the ability to fire nuclear weapons and operate from aboard aircraft carriers.

Nov 16, 2018

A Conservative MP has apologized to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan for a Facebook post linking a critical news report of Sajjan to affirmative action.

Nov 16, 2018

The Trudeau government is resisting a United Nations request to extend Canada's peacekeeping mission in Mali so medical evacuations can continue while replacements for Canada's personnel arrive, according to multiple sources.

Nov 16, 2018

Veterans Affairs Canada says it will expand access to Halifax's Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital by making more than two dozen beds available for Allied and modern-day veterans. The decision comes in the wake of widespread outrage over news that a veteran was denied access because his wartime service wasn't with the Canadian military.

Nov 15, 2018

Canada will be hosting NATO's 64th Annual Session of the Parliamentary Assembly from 16-19 November 2018 at the Halifax Convention Centre. Parliamentarians from the 29 NATO member countries will debate and adopt resolutions on the High North, hybrid warfare, burden sharing, deterrence, trade, energy, the South, defence innovation, and Russian election meddling.

Nov 15, 2018

A survivors' group for those affected by sexual misconduct in the military says the voices of particularly vulnerable service members are being left out of a survey meant to see how prevalent inappropriate behaviour is in the ranks.

Nov 15, 2018

DND has weighed in on allegations of sexual assault involving a CFB Esquimalt. The office of Harjit Sajjan released a statement Wednesday following a story published by CTV Vancouver Island in which a civilian woman alleged she was drugged, brought to CFB Esquimalt and sexually assaulted.

Nov 15, 2018

Leonardo DRS has appointed John Baylouny as executive vice president and chief operating officer – a position that oversees the execution of program operations across all eight of the company’s business sectors.

Nov 15, 2018

Rep. Adam Smith – set to become the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in the new Congress – and other Democratic lawmakers said Wednesday they hope to use their party’s takeover of the House to check the Trump administration’s expansive policies toward nuclear weapons.

Nov 15, 2018

The CAF National Investigation Service has charged a female naval officer with multiple sexual assault-related offences. The charges, announced Wednesday, relate to alleged incidents during fall and winter 2017 involving other members of the CAF on board HMCS Charlottetown.

Nov 15, 2018

Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman, who has urged the government to strike a harsh blow against Gaza’s Hamas rulers, quit after the security cabinet decided to accept a truce halting a two-day flare-up of fighting in Gaza.

Nov 15, 2018

China and Russia are seeking dominance in their regions and the ability to project military power globally, as their authoritarian governments pursue defense buildups aimed squarely at the United States.

Nov 14, 2018

Canada’s special forces can’t explain how one of its commandos allegedly walked off with a generator, assault rifle parts and other equipment from its stockpile worth more than $23,000 but it has restricted the duties of the soldier in question.

Nov 14, 2018

The Norwegian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that Russian forces in the Arctic disturbed GPS location signals during a recent large NATO drill in Norway. NATO's huge exercise Trident Juncture that included soldiers from 31 countries, including Canada, was staged in Norway from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7.

Nov 14, 2018

A Canadian war veteran is being denied access to a Halifax veterans hospital even though there are empty beds in the facility – all because he wasn't Canadian at the time of his wartime service.

Nov 14, 2018

Three used icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard will cost 30 per cent more than the federal government previously said – an increase that officials have blamed on tariffs and fees, but one expert says is proof of a lack of planning.

Nov 14, 2018

The Canadian government is showing no signs of toughening its stance on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, even after Canada's spy chief heard a recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Nov 13, 2018

Applications for a competition to develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology that will enable an autonomous drone to win a race against a pilot-operated drone opened today. Applications are being accepted until 28 Feb 2019, and teams will be competing for more than U$2 million in prizes from the Lockheed Martin competition.

Nov 13, 2018

The Canadian military has suspended four of its active members as it looks into allegations that they are running an online army-surplus store catering to white supremacists.

Nov 13, 2018

A car-bomb explosion in northern Mali killed three civilians on Monday, and one group reportedly claimed that Canadian soldiers and other foreign forces were targeted. The CAF said in an email Monday that it was aware of an explosion in the city of Gao, adding that all Canadian personnel were safe at Camp Castor.

Nov 13, 2018

Some Canadian military search and rescue helicopter crews on the east coast have been temporarily relocated after asbestos dust was found in one of the buildings used by the squadron.

Nov 13, 2018

The Saudi-led coalition resumed air strikes on Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah after a lull on Monday as Western allies pressed Riyadh to end a war that has left the impoverished country on the verge of starvation.

Nov 12, 2018

The United States signed off on arms exports worth $192.3 billion over the past year, a full 13 percent increase from the previous year – even as the Trump administration keeps pushing hard to sell more weapons, more quickly, to more allies overseas.

Nov 12, 2018

The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Instad is in danger of sinking after being rammed by an oil tanker while returning from the NATO Trident Juncture exercise, according to The Associated Press. Images posted by AP show the ship lying on its side in a small cove.

Nov 12, 2018

The Canadian Forces has withdrawn sexual assault charges against two military members, including a senior officer, because of an earlier court ruling that has questioned the validity of some aspects of the military justice system.

Nov 12, 2018

When the armistice that ended the First World War was signed and the guns fell silent on Nov. 11, 1918, Canadians wearily celebrated what they hoped was the start of a new era of peace. For thousands of Canadian veterans, however, a far different battle loomed: the fight with Ottawa for support and benefits. It's a battle that persists to this day.

Nov 12, 2018

On the battlefield or in times of relative peace, a soldier never stands alone. Standing with them on Remembrance Day, are family members who support those who don a Canadian Armed Forces uniform now, or in the past.

Nov 12, 2018

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians paused at memorials and cenotaphs across the country and around the world to silently remember those who gave their lives in conflict and to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Nov 09, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is denying that his department misled the public about a disastrous booze-fuelled trip aboard an Air Force plane, contrary to what a prominent defence reporter wrote earlier this week.

Nov 09, 2018

Over the coming months, 19 Wing will be conducting precautionary groundwater testing on properties near the base. According to a letter distributed to nearby residents, through 19 Wing’s environmental monitoring program, perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) were detected in soil and groundwater at the base and in Scales Creek.

Nov 09, 2018

Having already overseen a significant increase in the number of generals in Canada’s military, the country’s top soldier says more will likely be added once a review he’s commissioned of the Forces’ command structure is complete.

Nov 09, 2018

Building a sixth Arctic patrol ship to add to the five originally commissioned from Irving Shipbuilding for the Royal Canadian Navy will cost taxpayers $800 million – double the price-tag of each of the other vessels.

Nov 08, 2018

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) will be launching an online consultation portal to seek industry views on how it conducts its assessment of export permits. The focus will inform the assessment of risks and implications of proposed exports with respect to human rights, Canada’s foreign and defence policy and national security considerations.

Nov 08, 2018

Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander of the Canadian Army, remarks on Aboriginal Veterans Day.

Nov 08, 2018

Veterans and active CAF members and their families will get free admission to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights this Remembrance Day weekend. The Israel Asper Tower of Hope, perched atop the museum, will glow red to honour both Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the WW1 Armistice.

Nov 08, 2018

There's no reason to believe fires that broke out recently on two Halifax-based Royal Canadian Navy ships are sign of a widespread problem with the fleet, a senior military official said Wednesday.

Nov 08, 2018

The future Franco-German combat aircraft program is set to begin in earnest early next year, but the bickering is already in full swing. The two main companies involved – Dassault and Airbus – have “a clear common vision on the project,” as an Airbus spokesman put it. But there is also politicking, jockeying for position and mistrust.

Nov 07, 2018

Democrats won the U.S. House in convincing fashion in Tuesday’s midterm elections, promising to shake up defense policy in the coming year and raising the possibility of tumultuous impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Nov 07, 2018

The long effort to replace Canada's aging fighter jets took another surprise twist on Tuesday, as multiple sources revealed that French fighter-jet maker Dassault is pulling out of the multibillion-dollar competition.

Nov 07, 2018

With 18 diesel electric submarines, four so-called “helicopter destroyers”, 43 destroyers and destroyer escorts, 25 minesweepers and training ships, fleet oilers, submarine rescue ships and other vessels, Japan’s navy is the second largest in Asia and one of the largest in the world.

Nov 07, 2018

The federal government has dramatically slowed the approval process for weapons exports in recent years, the result of controversy over arms deals with Saudi Arabia and other nations with poor human rights records.

Nov 07, 2018

The Trudeau government, which is still weighing whether to suspend shipments in the $15-billion sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, has rejected a call from Canadian senators to give human rights and international humanitarian law greater weight in the arms-export control system.

Nov 06, 2018

Edmonton is now officially home to Canadian Forces Trail. The new name honours the relationship between the city, Edmonton Garrison, and the historical significance of the former Canadian Forces Base Griesbach, west of 97 Street and north of 137 Avenue.

Nov 06, 2018

As voters head to poll stations across the country today, their decisions will have lasting ramifications for the military for years to come. The results will determine which party controls the House and Senate, and by extension, how the fiscal 2020 defence budget process unfolds.

Nov 06, 2018

Prime Minister Trudeau will join world leaders in France this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. He will visit the Canadian National Vimy Ridge Memorial in northern France on Saturday before attending Armistice Day ceremonies in Paris.

Nov 06, 2018

Repaying hundreds of thousands of disabled veterans and their survivors for a calculating error that deprived them of some of their pensions for seven years will cost $165 million, the federal government says.

Nov 06, 2018

The federal government will save nearly $500-million over five years as a result of its move away from lump-sum payments to monthly pension payments for life for disabled veterans. But Ottawa is not committing to using those savings to close gaps so that all former military personnel are compensated equally.

Nov 05, 2018

The December 2017 “Team Canada” tour – now more popularly known in some quarters in the military as “the party flight” – has without a doubt been a major public relations black eye for the Canadian Forces.

Nov 05, 2018

Concern is rising in the Canadian military industry that the federal government is not rallying in support of General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, a leading national military analyst says.

Nov 05, 2018

The U.S. Navy’s chief of naval operations has called on China to return to a previously agreed-upon code of conduct for at-sea encounters between the ships of their respective navies, stressing the need to avoid miscalculations.

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