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Mar 07, 2019

Canada’s current military procurement models and levels of industry-government cooperation have not kept pace with the unprecedented “speed of cyber” and could compromise national security if left unaddressed, a new report from the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries concludes.

Mar 07, 2019

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's lawyer is threatening to call Gerald Butts and Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick to testify in open court if they don't produce a series of documents that she says are essential to defend her client.

Mar 06, 2019

Terry Glavin writes that "the flag is still flying on government buildings […] and all those other little things Canadians take for granted are still being attended to. They carry on in their delightfully banal ways despite a troubling finding that two-thirds of Canadians say PM Justin Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern."

Mar 06, 2019

President Vladimir Putin urged Russia’s top domestic security agency on Wednesday to tighten its protection of information related to new weapons and other sensitive data. In a speech to the FSB, Putin said foreign spies have intensified their efforts to get access to Russia’s secrets.

Mar 06, 2019

A Cyclone helicopter damaged during a "hard landing" on Asterix,  the Canadian naval supply ship, has been repaired and tests are being conducted. Asterix and HMCS Regina were operating in the Pacific at the time of the incident, and were diverted to Guam so repairs could be made to the helicopter.

Mar 06, 2019

A federal procurement official, accused of leaking cabinet secrets, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a single charge of breach of trust. Matthew Matchett was charged as part of the same RCMP investigation that ensnared the military's former second-in-command, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

Mar 06, 2019
Adding another strange wrinkle to Canada-China relations, a Chinese official who oversaw research on his country’s burgeoning naval-submarine fleet has been placed under arrest in China and accused of illegally obtaining Canadian citizenship.
Mar 05, 2019

Philpott's letter of resignation includes "remarkably blunt criticism of the Trudeau government" and "leaves virtually no room for interpretation or spin.

Mar 05, 2019

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, announced the list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Colonel and Captain(Navy) retirements, appointments, and promo­tions, for 2019.

Mar 05, 2019

Students in the Lakeland Catholic School District (LCSD), an area that includes CFB Cold Lake, will now have the opportunity to learn about the Canadian military and its history. The District's board of trustees voted last week to approve a military studies course for Grades 10 to 12 starting this fall.

Mar 05, 2019

There is an urgent need to fund the Canadian Coast Guard adequately so that it has the necessary resources to provide essential services in the Canadian Arctic at a time when the maritime activity is on the increase. So says Col(ret) Pierre Leblanc in an opinion piece in The Maritime Executive.

Mar 05, 2019

Saudi Arabia expects Canada to go ahead with a $15-billion arms deal that would see armoured vehicles sold to the kingdom, its minister of state for foreign affairs said Monday. However, Global Affairs Canada is saying that “no final decision is being made.”

Mar 04, 2019

The federal government will invest billions of dollars less in new military equipment than promised this year, raising concerns about the readiness of the Canadian Forces and the prospect that Canada will fall short on another NATO spending target.

Mar 04, 2019

Canada’s Armed Forces are in Lebanon training troops in basic winter warfare which will allow them to better protect their borders. The training is aimed to help the Lebanese Armed Forces improve their basic military capabilities such as patrolling, skiing and mountaineering, tying knots and ascending and rappelling.

Mar 04, 2019

South Korea and the U.S. are eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises as part of efforts to support diplomacy aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Mar 04, 2019

Elements of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment from Petawawa were in Africa taking part in the annual U.S.-led Exercise Flintlock, which is part of Canada’s commitment to counter-terrorism and capacity-building in the Sahel region. Canada’s participation started in Burkina Faso on Feb. 18 and went until March 1.

Mar 04, 2019

The federal government is cutting its losses and walking away from the fire-ravaged Louis St. Laurent Building in Gatineau, Que. DND was one of the building's tenants, and while its lease has since expired, it was required to carry out repairs after the fire.

Mar 04, 2019

Three federal ministers have new job titles Friday morning as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's efforts to shuffle his cabinet to fill the vacancy created by Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation. P.E.I. MP Lawrence MacAulay will take over in Veterans Affairs; Marie-Claude Bibeau, was handed the agriculture file; and Maryam Monsef will take on international development as part of her duties as Minister for Women and Gender Equality.

Mar 04, 2019

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is one of only three individuals over the past two years whose request to the DND for financial help with legal bills was rejected. The department received requests from 41 military officers and public servants over the past two years to cover their legal bills and is doing so for 38.

Mar 01, 2019

President Donald Trump showered praised on troops and touted the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling when Air Force One made a refuelling stop Thursday in Alaska as the president returned from Asia.

Mar 01, 2019

The Canadian navy's stock of survival suits, which allow submariners to escape in an emergency from a sunken boat, has been thrown a lifeline after much of the equipment had reached its expiry date, federal documents reveal.

Mar 01, 2019

Buying used Australian fighter jets to buttress the RCAF is expected to cost taxpayers as much as $1.1 billion over the next dozen or more years, the Parliamentary Budget Office said Thursday. That estimate, in a new analysis, is 22 per cent higher than figures presented by the Department of National Defence.

Feb 28, 2019

The British armed forces should stop recruiting children and raise the age at which people can join to 18, health experts have said. The UK is the only permanent member of the UN security council to allow 16-year-olds into the army and is alone in the practice among European countries.

Feb 28, 2019

An international research laboratory to push naval and maritime innovation in Australia is to be founded in Adelaide by France’s Naval Group and the key French national science research organization CNRS together with 14 Australian companies, universities, R&D institutes and various government bodies.

Feb 28, 2019

The opening of the Arctic and the stirring of Russian and Chinese interest along the U.S. and Canadian northern borders is a major worry for the top officer at U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Feb 28, 2019

Seven of a former Supreme Court justice's 10 recommendations to stamp out sexual misconduct in the Canadian military are "not yet fully achieved" – four years after the judge's landmark report shook the institution to its foundations.

Feb 28, 2019

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is urging India and Pakistan to “exercise maximum restraint” as tensions over the disputed Kashmir region mount. Freeland issued a statement Wednesday afternoon calling on both countries to “avoid any further military escalation” following Pakistan’s shooting down of two Indian military aircraft in response to Indian airstrikes.

Feb 27, 2019

A 20-year member of the Canadian Armed Forces who was deployed to Afghanistan and Bosnia has been identified as the military member found deceased at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick. Warrant Officer Mark Boychuck, 41, was found dead at the military base on Monday.

Feb 27, 2019
Under pointed questioning from senators, the top U.S. general for homeland defence said Tuesday that he sees no military threat coming from the southern border with Mexico, but his focus is on “very real” threats from China and Russia.
Feb 26, 2019

The sixth annual Okanagan Military Tattoo will be back in Vernon, BC, again this summer. As usual, the event will be held at Kal Tire Place in Vernon on July 27 – 28. It will be a combination of traditional military pomp and circumstance as well as a civilian component with bands, ethnic dancers, and song.

Feb 26, 2019

A spokesperson for 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown says military police are investigating after a person was found dead there Monday morning.

Feb 26, 2019

One of the United States’ most steadfast allies, seen widely as a lynchpin of security in the Asia-Pacific region, is in the process of recapitalizing its own air power capabilities and developing a local defense industry that it hopes will be globally competitive in the near future.

Feb 26, 2019

Several property developers and business owners are taking a renewed interest in Bells Corners, a community in West Ottawa, attracted in part by development incentives and the growing presence of the nearby Department of National Defence headquarters.

Feb 26, 2019

Ukraine is asking Canada to send a "strong signal" to Russia by extending and expanding the Canadian military's training mission there. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Shevchenko expressed confidence that Canada would renew the military mission, whose mandate is up at the end of March.

Feb 25, 2019

Military members from across Canada have gathered at CFB Edmonton to take part in a classic tournament. The 2019 Canadian Armed Forces National Men’s Hockey Championship began Saturday afternoon. Four teams – Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic—will compete for the title.

Feb 25, 2019

Top U.S. defence officials have toured sections of the U.S.-Mexico border to see how the military could reinforce efforts to block drug smuggling and other illegal activity. The Pentagon is weighing the diversion of billions of dollars for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Feb 25, 2019

The government is looking to develop a road map for the modernization of RCAF fighter aircraft training ranges, and to allow for the creation of what it is calling Live-Virtual-Constructive training and experimental environments. Details of the proposed procurement were released last week to industry.

Feb 25, 2019

Two more senior army officers in Ontario have been removed from their jobs, bringing the total of those forced to relinquish command of their units to five in the past year.

Feb 23, 2019

Lawyers for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman are zeroing in on five top government officials – including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his former top aide Gerald Butts – as they prepare a motion to have the criminal case tossed out of court next month.

Feb 22, 2019

A Saskatchewan First Nation is taking a big step into the military sector with a $1 million contract. Pro Metal Industries is now the first completely Indigenous-owned company to become a supplier for General Dynamics Land Systems. The company will fabricate and machine components for GDLS’s light armoured vehicles.

Feb 22, 2019

Australia has launched its third annual military sales catalogue as part of wider efforts to increase defence exports, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra has announced. The catalogue showcases world-leading Australian defence industry products, services, and technology available for export to foreign governments, the DoD said.

Feb 22, 2019

United States President Donald Trump may be doing his best to render NATO irrelevant and certainly to undermine traditional American alliances with European allies, but Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be doing his best to save it, says David J. Bercuson.

Feb 21, 2019

Brigadier-General Andrew Downes, Surgeon General and Commander of Canadian Forces Health Services Group, has issued a statement on the recent public health notice regarding an external, third-party dental clinic in Kingston, Ontario.

Feb 21, 2019

Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia will build and integrate the low-frequency active and passive towed-array sonar system and the company's next-generation hull-mounted sonar aboard the future Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), Ultra officials announced this week.

Feb 21, 2019

The federal government now faces four proposed class-action lawsuits over a $165 million accounting error at Veterans Affairs that shortchanged more than 250,000 former soldiers, sailors and aircrew, CBC News has learned.

Feb 20, 2019

President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday of a resolute response if the U.S. decides to station missiles in countries neighboring Russia. He said that Russia would respond to any deployment of new intermediate-range missiles in Europe by targeting the United States itself and not just the countries where they are deployed, according to a Reuters translation.

Feb 20, 2019

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a directive centralizing all military space functions under a new Space Force, which will be overseen by the Department of the Air Force.

Feb 20, 2019

The German Defense Ministry on Wednesday said it is evaluating separate bids from NATO and Canada to buy a high-altitude surveillance drone that has been parked at a German air base for years after the cancellation of the Euro Hawk program in 2013.

Feb 20, 2019

A Steinbach, Manitoba, business owner has successfully located the family of two soldiers connected to a 102-year-old letter found in a pile of papers. Through a mixture of publicity, social media tips, interested historians and help from the Canadian military, descendants of both men — four in total — have been found.

Feb 20, 2019

The CAF has reported on Twitter that a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, currently deployed on Operation PROJECTION, experienced a hard landing on board Naval Replenishment Unit ASTERIX West of Kauai, Hawaii. No serious injuries were reported to @CanadianForces or civilian personnel during the incident.

Feb 20, 2019

Canada is facing renewed pressure to keep its military helicopters in Mali until a relief force of Romanian aircraft arrives in October. Last week, members of the all-party House of Commons defence committee heard the appeals directly from a senior UN representative and government officials in the troubled west African country.

Feb 20, 2019

Canada’s top soldier has apologized after a Facebook recruiting ad about women wearing makeup in the military drew fire for what some are calling a negative portrayal of females.

Feb 19, 2019

Pakistan responds to allegations stemming from the Pulwama attack in which nine people were killed in a Kashmir gun battle. Pakistan denies any role in the bombing, but India has accused the state of being complicit. The following letter was released from the High Commission for Pakistan on 18 February 2019.

Feb 19, 2019

The inspection of a dental clinic in Kingston, where a number of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) patients have been treated, has identified improper cleaning and sterilization of dental instruments, which could result in blood-borne infections like Hepatitis and HIV. While no such infections have been reported and the risk is considered low, the Surgeon General is taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of these CAF members.

Feb 19, 2019

One of Australia's senior military figures says the threat of cyber attacks against the nation's infrastructure and military networks is on the rise. MGen Marcus Thompson says the job of protecting Australia from serious cyber threats was only becoming more challenging.

Feb 19, 2019

British forces are to step up Arctic deployments to protect NATO's northern flank from Russia, the UK Defence Secretary has announced. He said that said the Royal Marines have launched a ten-year program that will see over a thousand troops train each year with their Norwegian counterparts, building up to a brigade-strength deployment in the near future.

Feb 19, 2019

General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $37.2 million (USD) contract to deliver 60 hardware kits for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Light Armored Vehicle Reset Program.

Feb 19, 2019

Taxpayers spent $161,000 for photographers to take images of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on his various trips in what the Liberal government says is proof that Canada is re-engaging on the world stage.

Feb 18, 2019

Justin Trudeau's principal secretary and long-time friend has resigned amid allegations that the Prime Minister's Office interfered to prevent a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. In a statement, Butts denies accusations related to pressuring former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the Montreal-based engineering giant avoid a criminal case on corruption.

Feb 18, 2019

During the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels over the weekend, Defence Minister Sajjan reiterated Canada’s unwavering commitment to the Alliance and the transatlantic bond. He also underlined Canada’s leadership on key NATO missions like the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup and NATO Mission – Iraq.

Feb 18, 2019

Yesterday, the Royal Canadian Air Force marked the arrival of the first two interim fighter aircraft from Australia. These first two are the single-seat F/A-18A model. They were flown to Cold Lake, Alberta, from Nellis, Nevada, where they were participating in Exercise RED FLAG.

Feb 18, 2019

Just two days after resigning as Minister of Veterans Affairs, Jody Wilson-Raybould was still keeping up with plans to visit with veterans. Last Thursday, she visited the George Derby Centre, a senior care centre located in Burnaby, B.C., to help distribute Valentine’s Day cards made by students. The visit was planned while she was still in office.

Feb 16, 2019

Canadian companies are set to vie for attention and contracts as one of the world’s largest military trade shows kicks off this weekend in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. FrontLine interviews CADSI President Christyn Cianfarani at IDEX.

Feb 15, 2019

Australia has been selected to provide maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade for a significantly larger number of components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleets in the Asia-Pacific region.

Feb 15, 2019

The Russian parliament has approved a second draft of a bill to ban service members from carrying certain electronic devices and sharing information about their units, movements and activities with journalists or in posts on social media.

Feb 15, 2019

The U.S. Air Force stripped its first-ever female commander of the F-16 Viper demonstration team of her position two weeks after she was appointed. Col. Derek O’Malley said he removed Capt. Zoe Kotnik from her post as commander and pilot because he had “lost confidence in her ability to lead the team.”

Feb 15, 2019

Prosecutors say a man found not criminally responsible in a knife attack at a Toronto military recruitment centre should not be allowed to take college classes on his own.

Feb 15, 2019

As part of a collaboration with small island developing states, four Canadian fishery officers were a part of patrols around Fiji and the island nations of Kiribati, Tokelau, Vanuatu, and Tuvalu for two weeks in January, working on a U.S. Coast Guard vessel out of Honolulu and an RCAF Aurora maritime patrol aircraft in Nadi, Fiji.

Feb 15, 2019

Wounded and injured soldiers – both serving and retired – have been given the option of postponing the filing of disability claims until after the Liberal government's pension-for-life plan is implemented on April 1, CBC News has learned.

Feb 14, 2019

The owner of a Steinbach antique shop and cafe is on a mission to find descendants of a soldier who wrote a letter 102 years ago. The letter, addressed to a Selkirk woman, describes in detail how the woman's brother saved the writer in the Battle of Vimy Ridge during the First World War.

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