IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Dec 18, 2018

Canada is looking for a way out of a $13 billion deal to export armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia – a move the company warns could leave the government liable for billions.

Dec 17, 2018

Italy’s Leonardo has announced a major shakeup of its management structure, which will see three of its seven divisions merged and entrusted to one of the firm’s top British managers, Norman Bone.

Dec 17, 2018

A Canadian military plan to boost the number of fighter pilots through a one-time push using allied training won’t be happening, and instead the number of aviators will be increased gradually over the next seven years using the existing domestic system.

Dec 17, 2018

Spy chiefs from the Five Eyes intelligence network briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on two occasions this year about the national-security risk from Chinese high-tech giant Huawei – meetings that took place months before Canada’s arrest of a top Huawei executive severely strained relations with Beijing.

Dec 17, 2018

The Trudeau government says it is trying to find a way to end shipments of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia as Riyadh comes under mounting condemnation for the costly war it’s waging in neighbouring Yemen and the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Dec 14, 2018

Canada’s military has thus far refused to pay the $34,000 for a prosthetic leg for one of its veterans, who lost a limb – and her son – in a devastating accident 12 years ago. So now, a resident of Oshawa, Ont. has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the veteran himself.

Dec 14, 2018

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Liberal government why it was not moving ahead with having Davie provide a second supply ship – the Obelix – to the navy. But Prime Minister Trudeau responded that the CAF did an assessment and determined it doesn't need the Obelix.

Dec 14, 2018

As holiday mail pours into Canada’s largest air force base, fewer than 10 clerks of Canadian Forces Postal Service Trenton are on the job. Their mission: to sort, scan and prepare letters and parcels bound for 30 locations where about 2,150 troops are stationed.

Dec 13, 2018

A new Senate Standing Committee report, entitled "Responding to Russian aggression against Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia in the Black Sea" has just been released.

Dec 13, 2018

Lockheed Martin Canada and L3 MAS announced they have joined forces to offer a military aircrew training solution for DND's Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) project.

Dec 13, 2018

A Canadian retailer that caters to military personnel and their families is warning its members to monitor their personal information closely after a "malicious attack" may have exposed credit card numbers and other personal information.

Dec 13, 2018

RCAF Capt. Kimberly Fawcett served her country, deploying twice to Afghanistan as a part of Canada’s war effort. Now Fawcett is fighting her own government, asking the military to pay for a prosthetic limb, after she lost her leg in an accident that wounded her critically and killed her nine-month-old son.

Dec 13, 2018

Canada’s air force is postponing a major exercise next year as it brings in improvements to its fighter jet base in Alberta. Exercise Maple Flag, which was to take place in Cold Lake, Alta., is the premier air force training event that allows pilots to test their skills with scenarios similar to “real-world” operations.

Dec 13, 2018

Federal officials have been collecting thousands of documents – including cabinet secrets – requested by suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's lawyers largely on their own, an Ottawa court heard Wednesday.

Dec 12, 2018

The crew of a Canadian warship in the Pacific had front-row seats to potential violations of UN sanctions against North Korea during a recent patrol in the East China Sea – but was under orders not to intercept any suspicious vessels, the ship's commander says.

Dec 12, 2018

Federal Conservatives stepped up their attack on Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan today, accusing him of "publicly shaming" a frequent critic of his department during recent testimony before a House of Commons committee.

Dec 12, 2018

The federal government can award a contract to design the country's $60-billion fleet of new warships after a trade tribunal reversed an earlier order not to finish the deal. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal ordered the government last month to postpone awarding the high-stakes design contract until it had a chance to determine whether the deal is kosher.

Dec 11, 2018

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of the Defence unveiled Monday its top three contenders for the planned Type 31e frigate, a scaled down frigate that it wants to be able to both export and buy in numbers to eventually grow the size of the fleet.

Dec 11, 2018
The federal government is asking the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to set aside its order to prevent it from awarding a contract on the Canadian Surface Combatant project.
Dec 11, 2018
The Canadian Army brought 20 pistols to an Arkansas shooting competition. But before events had even officially kicked off, 15 of those pistols had jammed so badly they couldn’t be used. However, the quest to replace the Browning is now held up in a years-long procurement limbo.
Dec 11, 2018

The Liberal Party of Canada has cancelled plans to host a fundraiser with Justin Trudeau at CFB Kingston, an event that might have run afoul of military rules around political events.The Liberal Party had planned to hold the Dec. 19 fundraiser at the Vimy Officers’ Mess, according to information posted on the party’s website.

Dec 10, 2018

Today we face a range of complex and diverse challenges, says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, but by continuing to stand together, by taking the decisions necessary to strengthen our defense and by investing more in our own security, NATO will continue to keep us safe for many decades to come.

Dec 10, 2018

The court shouldn’t consider whether other federal employees were leaking secrets, or whether public servants were undercutting an effort to obtain a new supply ship for the Canadian navy, federal prosecutors argue. Instead, it should consider only whether VAdm Norman’s alleged leak of cabinet confidences was done with criminal intent.

Dec 10, 2018

A thoughtful act of remembrance that is spreading across Canada reached Halifax on Sunday. Veterans and cadets marched in pairs, placing 115 wreaths at the grave sites of military members in Halifax’s Fairview Lawn Cemetery.

Dec 10, 2018

Quebec’s National Assembly has unanimously adopted a motion in support of the federal government re-examining the National Shipbuilding Strategy and how work on that strategy is allocated. The motion on Friday calls for more work to be directed to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding.

Dec 10, 2018

The mayor of Cold Lake says the federal government's plan to move military aircraft testing to Ottawa from Alberta would create turbulence for the economy of his small city.

Dec 07, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan pledged Canada’s enduring support for Iraq and the war against Islamic State group on Thursday – but stopped short of extending Canada’s military mission in the region, most of which is set to expire next spring.

Dec 07, 2018

The federal government will create a new centre of excellence in Ottawa to support aircraft testing, but it will come at the cost of relocating staff and shutting down existing military facilities in Alberta.

Dec 07, 2018

The federal government has approved a five-year contract extension with Quebec-based firm L3 MAS for the continued maintenance of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of five CC-150 Polaris aircraft.

Dec 07, 2018

A junior procurement official named in the criminal case against the military's former second-in-command has been suspended from his federal government position, a House of Commons committee has been told.

Dec 07, 2018

New court documents have sketched out the Crown's case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, alleging the suspended military officer tried to undermine and influence the federal cabinet's decision-making on a shipbuilding project for more than a year by leaking government secrets.

Dec 06, 2018

Physicists from the University of New Brunswick are leading the development of communication technology that will help the Government of Canada monitor activity in the Arctic.

Dec 06, 2018

A recent Deloitte study found that Canadian companies will be hiring over 8,000 cybersecurity experts over the next two years. And this isn’t just a Canadian problem: the website Cyberseek reports that there are currently 313,000 open jobs in cybersecurity in the U.S.

Dec 06, 2018

The Canadian military is looking to contract out some maintenance work on the country’s aging CF-18 fighter jets as well as training to help address a shortage of experienced technicians.

Dec 06, 2018

Negotiations on the Canadian Surface Combatant project are still underway between the federal government and the government’s “preferred bidder” Lockheed Martin Canada.

Dec 05, 2018

DND says it’s not ruling out a recommendation in a Senate report for using the private sector to augment aerial search and rescue operations as its fleet of helicopters prepares to undergo significant upgrades. Though a private-sector solution seems to have enticed senators, the fishing industry – the largest users of SAR services – are wary.

Dec 05, 2018

Thanks to the recently filed court records by VAdm Norman’s lawyer, the public now knows that the Privy Council Office conducted its own internal investigation into the alleged leak of information. The investigation determined that 73 people knew about the outcome of the meeting of cabinet ministers about the naval supply ship.

Dec 05, 2018

The RCAF will be operating the first nine aircraft from its new fleet of fighter jets starting in 2026, DND officials say. But at least one member of parliament questions whether the federal government will be able to meet its timetable to replace the CF-18 fighter fleet with advanced aircraft.

Dec 05, 2018

Liberal MPs on the House defence committee voted not to call on the Russian ambassador to answer for Russia’s aggression toward its neighbours, but said they might do so in future.

Dec 05, 2018

The admiral overseeing U.S. naval operations in the Middle East and Southwest Asia was found dead in Bahrain on Saturday, the U.S. Navy said. A U.S. defence official said that Vice Admiral Scott Stearney’s death will almost certainly be ruled a suicide and word on the cause of death is expected by mid-week.

Dec 05, 2018

The Defence department has acknowledged the government’s choice for a $60-billion warship program has a propulsion system that has been plagued by problems, at times shutting down entirely while at sea.

Dec 05, 2018

The Liberal government is unlikely to suspend already-approved arms export permits to Saudi Arabia, despite ongoing international pressure on the country to end its brutal military intervention in Yemen and to own up to the October murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, experts say.

Dec 04, 2018

There’s ‘extreme concern’ among allies about what China is up to, says Canada’s top soldier. ‘Is it painful for this country? Yes.’

Dec 04, 2018

Australia is preparing to receive its first operational Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The first two aircraft are due to arrive at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown in New South Wales on December 10th.

Dec 04, 2018

The British Ministry of Defence will deliver a long-awaited report on the future of U.K. defence spending before the end of the year, the kingdom’s top defence official confirmed this weekend.

Dec 04, 2018

The Canadian military is looking to contract out some maintenance work on the country's aging CF-18 fighter jets as well as training to help address a shortage of experienced technicians.

Dec 04, 2018

The Liberal government has budgeted up to $20 million in this fiscal year to rejoin NATO's Airborne Early Warning and Control System program, reversing a Conservative-era budget cut in the name of alliance utility and solidarity.

Dec 03, 2018

After a fierce winter storm cut residents of Iles de la Madeleine off from the rest of the province, up to 250 CAF personnel are conducting health and welfare patrols and provide assistance to officials in the evacuation of residents if required, according to Public Safety Minister Goodale.

Dec 03, 2018

Canada's top general says the auditor general was right to flag gaps in the military's handling of sexual assault cases. Vance said he was happy that the AG's report and the military's internal analysis ended up with similar conclusions, and insisted he's not losing patience with Operation Honour just yet.

Dec 03, 2018

The Canadian Forces held a farewell for the CH-124 Sea King maritime helicopter marking its more than five decades of service, in a parade held Saturday in British Columbia.

Dec 03, 2018

New court documents show public servants discussing the risk to taxpayers as successive federal governments have turned to sole-source contracts to buy desperately needed equipment for the Canadian Forces and others.

Dec 03, 2018

Canada is being asked to renew its military training mission to Ukraine – a proposal that's taking on a whole new level of urgency as border tension ramps up with Russia.

Nov 30, 2018

Germany plans to boost its armed forces to more than 200,000 soldiers by 2025, the latest sign that Berlin is committed to rebuilding its military after decades of neglect.

Nov 30, 2018

A combined European defence force would be “out of its depth” if required to act on several fronts, a report laying bare the continent's military frailties has found.

Nov 30, 2018

“Innovation” and “force modernization” are the Pentagon buzzwords of the day. Strategies are being developed across the Department of Defense enterprise, with these concepts as the foundational pillars. Is this a flawed idea involving competing philosophies? Can the U.S. be truly innovative if it wants to rapidly modernize its force?

Nov 30, 2018

One could argue that $1 billion cost of cancelling the $15B contract is a relatively small price to pay to cleanse Canada's foreign policy of one particularly odious entanglement, says CBC's Robyn Urbach. The problem for the government is that the costs – economic and political – go well beyond that.

Nov 30, 2018

Former prime minister Stephen Harper could be dragged into the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, as the suspended military officer's lawyers seek access to thousands of secret government documents.

Nov 29, 2018

B-Temia, a Canadian robotics tech company and leader in the human mobility market, with its partner Lockheed Martin, appointed as the prime contractor, announced its engagement in a major agreement with U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research for artificial intelligence technology for advanced exoskeleton capabilities.

Nov 29, 2018

New Zealand is barring China’s Huawei on national-security grounds from supplying equipment for next-generation mobile networks, and in doing so has become the third member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance to take action against the huge Shenzen-based telecom-gear maker.

Nov 29, 2018

Royal Canadian Air Force personnel will hold at the Sea King retirement parade at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in British Columbia on Saturday.

Nov 29, 2018

The first detailed accounting of how a public servant allegedly leaked cabinet material is in 700 pages of court documents released Friday, part of VAdm Mark Norman’s lawyers’ application to the court to have the government turn over additional material they claim they need to mount his defence.

Nov 29, 2018

The last couple of weeks may go down in the Trudeau government's public record as the point when the desires of deliverology met the drawbacks of defence procurement.

Nov 28, 2018

Treasury Board has approved a pay increase for General Officers, Flag Officers, Colonels and Captains (Navy), and legal officers. This follows pay increases for lower ranks that was announced in July 2017.

Nov 28, 2018

The Trudeau government pressed ahead with its plan to buy second-hand fighter jets from Australia on Tuesday despite withering fire from the federal auditor general, who warned that the military might not have anybody to fly them.

Nov 28, 2018

A plan to lease a supply ship for the Royal Canadian Navy, now the focus of the legal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, received the blessing of the office that supports the prime minister after it determined Canada would be getting value for money on the deal.

Nov 28, 2018

The federal government's plan to award a group of companies led by Lockheed Martin Canada the contract to design and support the construction of the navy's new frigates was dealt another setback late Tuesday by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, according to CBC News.

Nov 27, 2018

The long process of choosing a design team for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships drew to a close this fall with the October selection – by Irving Shipbuilding (where the ships will be built) and the Government of Canada – of the Lockheed-led team of companies proposing the BAE Type-26 design. It is now on hold pending a legal review of the legality of the decision.

Nov 27, 2018

Canada joined its allies Monday in condemning Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels near Crimea, but experts are divided on what the sharp escalation of the deadly and protracted conflict will mean.

Nov 27, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are continuing their annual joint search-and-destroy mission against illegal outdoor cannabis grows — another example of how the war against the plant is still alive and well, despite legalization last month.

Nov 27, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces are packing up after completing a month-long exercise in Summerside. The aim of the exercise was to provide technical training to military engineers in Atlantic Canada to help them prepare for deployment across Canada and overseas.

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