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IN THE NEWS

May 27, 2019

The Trump administration has formally invoked an exemption that allows the White House to clear $8.1 billion in weapon sales for Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates over congressional objections, in a move that could create trouble for the defense industry.

May 27, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that he is not "personally bothered" by recent short-range missile tests that North Korea conducted this month, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on four-day state visit full of pageantry.

May 27, 2019

A face- saving solution for Gen Jonathan Vance, who has said the Afganistan memorial will not be moved despite a public backlash, could be to move the monument to the Beechwood National Memorial Center in Ottawa, says Scott Taylor.

May 24, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he will get to the bottom on why families of soldiers who died in Afghanistan weren’t included in last week’s dedication of the Afghanistan Memorial in Ottawa.

May 24, 2019

Beyond Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance's rushed judge and jury execution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, other issues are starting to make that hefty pay raise given to him this week by Justin Trudeau fall somewhere between inexplicable and laughable.

May 24, 2019

The Department of National Defence is looking to the entertainment industry to help fill its ranks as military membership continues to languish.

May 23, 2019

Mike MacLean, the RCMP Superintendent in charge of the Mark Norman debacle, said former cabinet ministers could have come forward if they had germane information to the case. In the real world, investigators go to the subjects who may assist an investigation (not the other way around), says former RCMP officer Leo Knight.

May 23, 2019

Serco will be acquiring Alion Science & Technology Corporation’s Naval Systems Business Unit, including its Canadian business contracts to the RCN, for $225 million. The acquisition, subject to certain regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the second half of 2019.

May 23, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recommended a raise for Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. John Vance, boosting his salary’s upper limit to $306,500. The announcement was posted on a federal website the day after prosecutors dropped a criminal breach of trust charge against VAdm Mark Norman.

May 23, 2019

Statistics Canada has offered a sobering assessment of the Canadian Forces' four-year war on sexual misconduct, suggesting in a new report Wednesday that the military has made only minimal progress on several fronts.

May 23, 2019

Canada plans to build up to 18 new coast guard ships at a cost of $15.7 billion in an effort to renew Canada's Coast Guard fleet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday.

May 23, 2019

Canada’s top soldier has acknowledged the anger many Canadians felt about the way the Kandahar memorial was unveiled in Ottawa last week – in a shroud of secrecy, without the families of the dead soldiers present, and with ongoing limited public access.

May 22, 2019

The U.S. military scrambled five aircraft Monday to intercept two groups of Russian warplanes that flew in opposite directions off the coast of Alaska but never entered sovereign U.S. airspace, officials with the bi-national North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) said Tuesday.

May 22, 2019

Trudeau is expected to announce Wednesday that the federal government is buying two more Arctic patrol ships on top of the six it has already ordered from Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding. However, unlike the first six ships being built for the Navy, a government source said the seventh and eighth will be built for the Canadian Coast Guard.

May 22, 2019

A number of families who lost loved ones in Afghanistan say they feel betrayed by a decision made by bureaucrats at the Department of National Defence to privately dedicate a memorial last week containing the Kandahar battlefield cenotaph.

May 21, 2019

In a trio of notifications Friday afternoon, the U.S. State Department cleared more than a billion dollars in potential weapon sales for three of America’s military allies.

May 21, 2019

Norman was in his kitchen in April 2017 when his wife Bev, astonished, called out to him. 'I think the prime minister was just talking about you'. In an exclusive interview with the National Post, Mark Norman tells his story.

May 21, 2019

The collapse of the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman saw that custom accelerated at breakneck speed this week as the Liberal government sought to put as much distance as possible between itself and the failed prosecution.

May 21, 2019

Justice Minister David Lametti says he’s satisfied his department did the best job it could in finding, reviewing and disclosing thousands of government documents requested by Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s defence team.

May 17, 2019

The CAF confirmed Thursday evening on Facebook that it had held a dedication service at the new Afghanistan Memorial Hall at the National Defence Headquarters in the west end of Ottawa. But that happened three days earlier on May 13. The decision was made by officials to keep the event quiet and to release the news only via Twitter and Facebook at a later date.

May 17, 2019

The Liberal-dominated House of Commons defence committee has blocked a pitch by opposition MPs for a committee probe of the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

May 16, 2019

There has been discussions that the RCAF's Cyclone helicopter will make an appearance at the CANSEC in Ottawa at the end of May. If approval is received for the aircraft to make an appearance, the Sikorsky helicopter will be flown in to the EY Centre before the show begins May 29 and then remain as a static display.

May 16, 2019

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he supported the chief of defence staff's decision to suspend Vice-Admiral Mark Norman in 2017, more than a year before he was charged with breach of trust for allegedly leaking government secrets about military procurement.

May 15, 2019

The CAF, like other militaries, is using social media for its strategic communications. If properly done, that can work well, such as during the response to the flooding in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. If it isn’t done properly it can create problems.

May 15, 2019

The Canadian government awarded MDA a $39 million 10-year contract for a new space-based search and rescue technology. The MDA facility in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, will design, build and deliver 10 search and rescue repeaters for DND’s Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) system.

May 15, 2019

The House of Commons voted unanimously today to apologize to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman for his legal ordeal, just days before opposition MPs are expected to push for a full-blown House of Commons committee investigation into the handling of the controversial criminal case.

May 14, 2019

To keep Vice-Admiral Mark Norman dangling for so long required an extended display of amateur-hour tomfoolery on the part of people at the topmost levels in several wings of the federal administration. Best case scenario is incompetence; worst case is intentional scapegoating. Either way, public trust is in tatters.

May 14, 2019

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has confirmed that it has launched an investigation into some of the procurement activities and costs incurred in the project to sustain the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) ageing Adelaide-class FFG frigates.

May 14, 2019

Britain must “decisively increase” its defence spending to cope with future threats from all over the globe, Jeremy Hunt has said, as he warned of the danger of an “accidental” US-Iran war.

May 14, 2019

The trial of two men accused of defrauding the federal government of $1.3 million opened Monday in Halifax, with a former Department of National Defence supervisor testifying about her suspicions surrounding the awarding of certain contracts.

May 14, 2019

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces will remain in Quebec a while longer to help flood victims as this year's spring thaw continues to wreak havoc in parts of the province.

May 14, 2019

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman not only had the blessing of the former Conservative cabinet to deal with a Quebec shipyard, he was authorized to speak with it directly in the run-up to the signing of a $668-million leasing contract, CBC News has learned.

May 13, 2019

American officials will need to certify the fighter jet Canada buys at the end of a multibillion-dollar procurement that's started and stopped and started again for more than a decade, ensuring that it's fit to plug into the U.S.'s highest-security intelligence systems.

May 13, 2019

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says that he regrets what Vice-Admiral Mark Norman had to go through over the years-long legal battle that came to an end this week when federal prosecutors stayed the breach of trust charge he was facing.

May 13, 2019

The opposition parties are forcing an emergency meeting of the national defence committee to investigate the government's conduct in the Mark Norman trial.

May 10, 2019

The USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and B-52s have deployed to the US military’s Central Command in a move that National Security Advisor John Bolton said would “send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime”.

May 10, 2019

The federal government is opening up the acquisition process for its $26-billion contract for new fighter jets, responding to threats from the U.S. government that it would refuse to sell the stealth Lockheed Martin F-35 unless Ottawa scrapped its quota for aerospace spending.

May 10, 2019

Veterans Affairs Canada quickly deleted an online video it posted – on Wednesday, to celebrate the 74th anniversary of VE-Day – upon realizing it showed images of the German Wehrmacht, the unified Nazi forces in the Second World War.

May 10, 2019

Vice Admiral Mark Norman’s criminal trial for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets about a delayed navy ship contract is over, but the Navy commander has still not returned to active duty, and the political, legal and operational implications of the ill-fated case are reverberating across official Ottawa.

May 09, 2019

Canada Army Run race weekind is moving to the Canadian War Museum. The two principal objectives of the Canada Army Run are supporting the Soldier On Fund and the Support Our Troops fund.

May 09, 2019

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced they would be staying the breach-of-trust charge against the military's former second-in-command. Here's what you need to know about the controversy and the complicated case.

May 09, 2019

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is returning to active duty with the Canadian Forces after the Crown stayed a breach of trust charge against him.

May 09, 2019

The Crown's case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman unexpectedly began to collapse in March partly under the weight of information from several former Conservative cabinet ministers and staffers, according to CBC News.

May 08, 2019

In a stunning reversal of position, the Crown stayed its charge of breach of trust against the former second-in-command of the Canadian military. “There is no reasonable prospect of conviction,” lawyers said in court. Norman’s defence lawyer Marie Henein said her team was “grateful” for the news.

May 08, 2019

Prosecutors are expected to withdraw a criminal charge against Vice-Adm. Mark Norman, providing a major victory for the senior naval officer who has always maintained his innocence in advocating for the government to build a naval supply ship.

May 08, 2019

When the U.S. trade commissioner Mike Pompeo called Canada’s claim to a major future Arctic shipping route “illegitimate” on Monday, it revived a long-standing feud that could become increasingly heated in coming years as new northern trade corridors open up.

May 08, 2019

The American government is once again urging Canada to acquire U.S.-built fighter jets to replace its fleet of CF-18s, one day after it emerged the Pentagon recently threatened to pull the F-35 out of the $26-billion competition for new aircraft.

May 08, 2019

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, in the first of a series of election-framing speeches for the Conservatives, pledged yesterday to wrap his arms around Canada's allies, take the politics out of defence procurement, buy new submarines, join the U.S. ballistic missile defence program and expand the current military mission in Ukraine – in an undefined way.

May 07, 2019

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship St. John’s is off the coast of Scotland to participate in missile firings as part of a U.S.-led exercise.

May 07, 2019

Raytheon, the US-based defence contractor that holds the DND contract to oversee the North Warning System, plans on once again hosting open houses in Cambridge Bay and Hall Beach at the end of June. The open houses are part of an ongoing effort to recruit Inuit, a contractual obligation.

May 07, 2019

The Trump administration fired two warning shots last year over the Liberal government's long-delayed plan to replace Canada's CF-18 fighters, saying the procurement process discriminates against the Lockheed-Martin-built F-35 stealth jet, according to a new academic report.

May 07, 2019

U.S. officials have threatened to pull the F-35 out of the competition to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force's aging CF-18 fighters over the Liberal government's plan to ask bidders to re-invest some of the giant purchase contract in Canadian industry.

May 06, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stunned delegates Monday by taking swipes at Canada, China and Russia in a speech to the Arctic Council. He criticized Canada's claim to the Northwest Passage as internal waters, Russia for its aggressive activity, and told China that being "near" counts for nothing.

May 06, 2019

A second satellite will be launched on July 24th to provide a redundant back-up to the world’s first optical fibre network of geostationary satellites in the sky.

May 06, 2019

Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander of the Canadian Army, and Chief Warrant Officer Stu Hartnell, the Canadian Army Sergeant-Major, concluded a visit to soldiers deployed on Operation Presence in Mali and Operation Reassurance in Latvia. 

May 06, 2019

Canadians commemorated the Battle of the Atlantic yesterday with events in Ottawa and other locations. The commemoration recognizes the sacrifices of the thousands of Canadians who fought valiantly during the battle from 1939 to 1945.

May 06, 2019
North Korea test fired several short-range projectiles Saturday morning from the country's eastern coast, according to South Korean officials.
May 06, 2019

A Russian airliner burst into flames while making an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport Sunday evening, and at least at least 40 people died, officials said.

May 06, 2019

After a national survey by the Canadian Journalism Foundation found that many people find it challenging to distinguish between real and fake news, the organization has received a grant to study the problem and create more effective filtering tools.

May 06, 2019

China's growing involvement and interest in the Arctic could pave the way for a strengthened military presence in the region, including the deployment of submarines to act as deterrents against nuclear attack, the Pentagon said in a report released on Thursday.

May 05, 2019

Outgoing Liberal MP Andrew Leslie says lawyers have instructed him not to comment on reports he may be called as a defence witness in suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's upcoming criminal trial.

May 03, 2019

The Head of Mission for Team Canada, Brigadier-General Mark Misener, announced the 39 contenders who will represent Canada at the 2019 US Warrior Games from June 21 to 30 in Tampa, Florida.

May 03, 2019

In an open letter, LGen (ret) Leslie informed his constituents that he will not run in the October election. The first-time MP is also stepping down from his duties as the parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, to give someone else the opportunity to serve in the role.

May 03, 2019

The US military has reported a major spike in sexual assaults despite years of efforts to address the problem. Figures show 20,500 instances of unwanted sexual contact occurred in 2018, up from 14,900 in 2016 which is the last time a survey was conducted.

May 03, 2019

The Battle of the Atlantic Ceremony to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the thousands of Canadians who fought in the North Atlantic during the Second World War will be held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Sunday morning.

May 03, 2019

Norway may be wondering about the porpoise of a beluga whale found in its waters sporting a Russian harness, but Canadian defence officials say they are dolphinately not worried about militarized cetaceans being used here.

May 03, 2019

The federal government is retreating on the media ban it brought in on defence-related purchases totalling billions of dollars, acknowledging that its actions go against claims it wants to be more open and transparent about how tax dollars are spent.

May 02, 2019

BAE Systems has flown its Magma 'blown-air' technology demonstrator for the first time. The sub-scale UAV that the company developed in collaboration with the University of Manchester uses a new blown-air system to manoeuvre, removing the need for conventional flight control surfaces that use moving parts.

May 02, 2019

RCN Master Seaman Steve Fisher, one of the 2,200 CAF members deployed to the flood zones across Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick, explains what he's been seeing in Quebec's flood zones.

May 02, 2019

Penny Mordaunt becomes the UK’s first female defence secretary after being tipped for the job two years ago after the sacking of Michael Fallon. Mordaunt appointment follows the firing of Gavin Williamson over the Huawei leak.

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