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May 24, 2016

Even though taxpayers had spent tens of thousands of dollars training Master Corporal Kelly Carter to do his job, he quickly learned that his years of service to Canada meant little to federal employers.

May 24, 2016

The identity of the last of four British jailers El Shafee Elsheikh a 27-year-old Londoner whose family fled Suddan in the 1990's. Elsheikh was indentified through a joint Post and Buzzfeed news investigation.

May 24, 2016

ISIL has breached Assad held strongholds which until now have been relatively secure during the Russian supported civil war war. The near simultaneous blasts at civilian targets mark a major security breach.

May 24, 2016

Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour was killed by a U.S. drone strike over the weekend.

May 24, 2016

Military police conducted 135 sexual assault and misconduct investigations last year, a one-third increase from 2014, CBC News has learned.

May 20, 2016

Forty Canadian Rangers and ten Ranger instructors from the five Canadian Ranger Patrol Groups (CRPGs) will participate in a pilot Canadian Ranger Patrol Leader (CRPL) course, which will be held at Farnham Garrison, Quebec, from May 21 to 28, 2016.

May 19, 2016

As part of contributions to the operational readiness of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), over 6000 CAF personnel will participate in Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2016, the Canadian Army’s largest and most complex training event of the year.

May 19, 2016

The Liberal government is a "disgrace" for sending wounded veterans back to court to fight for benefits, opposition parties charged Wednesday.

May 19, 2016

Newly released emails show military personnel at all levels privately questioned a retired Supreme Court justice’s explosive report last year on sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, suggesting the scope of the problem had been overstated.

May 18, 2016

Far from the frontline battle against ISIL in Iraq's northern region suicide bombers carried out well timed multiple attacks in or near open air markets in Baghdad killing both civilians and soldiers who responded.

May 18, 2016

Foreign minister Dion is emphatic when talking about Canada's duty to participate in the peace building process that Canadians are putting their lives on the line.

May 18, 2016

Nearly a year after a mysterious unmanned U.S. Air Force plane made its fourth trip into orbit, the purpose of the mission remains a secret. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle began as part of a NASA project to test unmanned spacecraft but in 2004 was taken over by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

May 18, 2016

Sweden appears to have suffered little economic hardship in relations with Saudi Arabia as a direct result of cancelling a defence agreement with Riyadh last year – aside from the one category of trade where you’d expect it: arms sales to the Mideast country.

May 17, 2016

In an effort to convince the Afghan government to change the plans for a new Hydro transmission corridor thousands protested in Kabul, the route change would bring access to Hydro that is lacking for millions of Afghans and shorten the proposed route.

May 17, 2016

The conflict in the Ukraine has been a warning of a new cold war between Russia and the west, Canadian Ambassador Roman Waschuk fears the conflict will last much longer than we hope.

May 17, 2016

The U.S. Navy is ready to take ownership of the Zumwalt, its largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer. The Zumwalt is the first new class of warship built at Bath Iron Works since the Arleigh Burke slid into the Kennebec River in 1989. The shipyard is expected to turn the destroyer over to the Navy this week.

May 17, 2016

The United States and Russia have invited Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion to sit as a permanent member of the 17-nation International Syria Support Group which is meeting in Vienna on Tuesday to find a diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict and extend a country-wide truce.

May 17, 2016

More bad news for Canada's problem-plagued submarine fleet: two of the boats will be out of commission for most of this year because of shoddy welding.

May 16, 2016

Death toll at 25 and likely to rise as a suicide bomber attacked a group of Yemeni police officers returning to work in Mukalla for the first time since last month's retaking of the city.

May 16, 2016

With the retaking of Mosul a virtual certainty after 2 years of ISIL occupation, the terrorist group may resort to chemical warfare in a last ditch attempt to hold Iraq's second city.

May 16, 2016

The ISIL launched a co-ordinated assault Sunday on a natural gas plant north of Baghdad that killed at least 12 people, according to Iraqi officials.

May 16, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will face a grilling tonight on the main estimates for his department. The Conservative opposition gave notice on May 2 that they would be calling Sajjan and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to committees of the whole to answer questions about their department’s fiscal plans.

May 16, 2016

Now is the time for Canada to end the role of foreign affairs as a substitute for theology and psychiatry and project its influence on the world, says Conrad Black in the National Post.

May 13, 2016

A renewed insurgence in the town of Palmyra (an ancient Syrian crossroads) in the form of car bombs has the U.S. shifting it's strategy to compensate for weak efforts by it's allies.

May 13, 2016

A ten year old agreement by the Bush administration is causing current tension with Russia as the United States turns on a planned missile shield in Poland. Current tension in the Crimea has lead Russia to react to a move that the U.S. says is intended to protect NATO against rogue states. The U.S. is set to hand over operational control in July.

May 13, 2016

Over one hundred Canadian Army (CA) Reservists serving with 36 and 37 Canadian Brigade Groups will conduct training throughout the Atlantic Provinces from May 13 to 15, 2016.

May 13, 2016

Canadian military aircraft will begin returning to their home bases after provincial authorities in Alberta assessed that they no longer required Canadian Armed Forces air assets to support provincial resources in responding to the wildfires in Fort McMurray.

May 12, 2016

In an attempt to clear up an 11-year window of travel and expense claims that had been previously authorized, DND will be repaying the federal government for certain expenses incurred from 1999 to 2011 after the authorizations were deemed in error. Respected military-finance analyst, David Perry, was reported startled by the revelation. "It is money that was authorized by Parliament over the course of three governments and spent. And it seems to be a case of the left hand of government giving money to the right hand."

May 12, 2016

The Navy is investigating the death of a U.S. sailor who lost consciousness during initial Navy SEAL training, the service announced Tuesday. The sailor died during the legendarily difficult Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL course at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in California.

May 12, 2016

A U.S. warship sailed within 20 kilometres of one of China’s largest artificial islands Tuesday, part of a continuing effort by the Pentagon to demonstrate that the United States remains undeterred by the rapid Chinese military buildup in the South China Sea.

May 12, 2016

Poland's president says he hopes Canada will increase its military presence in his country in order to help deter Russian aggression.

May 12, 2016

Canada is obliged to uphold its reputation for honouring business deals and therefore must sell $15-billion of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday when asked about video footage that shows the Saudis using similar machines against civilians in the Mideast country.

May 11, 2016

Military sources say that the Liberal government is keen on showing that Canada is indeed contributing to the Iraq mission, even though the Trudeau government pulled the CF-18s out of the coalition bombing campaign.

May 11, 2016

A legal truce between the federal government and wounded and injured soldiers over the New Veterans Charter is in danger of falling part, according to a letter sent to Liberals MPs by a lawyer representing the veterans.

May 11, 2016

The head of the Canadian Forces says he understands it is “gut-wrenching” for some disabled soldiers to be discharged as a result of their injuries, but the military will maintain its rule that all members must be physically and mentally able to deploy anywhere, at any time.

May 11, 2016

Footage analyzed by The Globe and Mail shows Saudi Arabia using armoured vehicles against minority Shia Muslim dissidents in the Mideast country’s Eastern Province, raising serious questions about Riyadh’s tendency to use these military goods against its own citizens.

May 10, 2016

The Canadian Commercial Corporation has added two new executives to its cadre of professionals who help Canadian exporters access government procurement markets through government-to-government contracts.

May 10, 2016

By sharply ramping up intercepts of U.S. ships and planes in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia is demonstrating its anger over the increased U.S. military presence in a region it considers part of its backyard, White House officials said.

May 10, 2016

Russia, the U.S., Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have all offered help in fighting the northern Alberta wildfire, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there’s no need for international assistance

May 10, 2016

Military officials have defended the publication of photos and videos that clearly identify Canadian special forces soldiers operating in Iraq – even though the Liberals accused the Harper government of endangering lives by doing the same thing last year.

May 10, 2016

Moscow’s annual Victory Day Parade is a bristling display of military might that sweeps down some of the capital’s most exclusive streets before rolling through Red Square in front of the Kremlin elite.

May 09, 2016

Australia’s government is facing criticism for its decision to have two supply ships built in Spain, instead of in an Australian shipyard.

May 09, 2016

Rookie Conservative MP David Yurdiga, who represents Fort McMurray, has opened a new riding office in Lac La Biche and is trying to help out, after 88,000 people were evacuated from the city last week.

May 09, 2016

For the first-time since the First World War, Canadians troops are preparing for the possibility of facing deadly chemical weapons on the battlefield.

May 09, 2016

A CH-147F Chinook helicopter delivered 8,200 pounds of food, water, and other sundries to Fort McKay First Nation yesterday as part of the Canadian Armed Forces’ ongoing support to the Province of Alberta in responding to the wildfires in Fort McMurray.

May 06, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has picked an experienced deputy minister in foreign affairs rather than a senior security bureaucrat as his new national security adviser.

May 06, 2016

On the very day of its defeat last fall, the Harper government quietly awarded a $40-million "engineering" contract to the Seaspan shipyard in North Vancouver, despite having promised that the yard would prepare itself to build new ships "at no cost to Canada."

May 05, 2016

New video footage showing Canadian soldiers wearing the Kurdish flag on their uniforms has raised fresh questions about Canada’s mission in northern Iraq and the message it is sending the rest of the country.

May 05, 2016

The Canadian military has deployed helicopters and transport planes in response to the raging wildfire that has incinerated parts of Fort McMurray, Alta. – with more support to come as needed.

May 05, 2016

The Conservative government quietly helped fund improvements for a Vancouver shipyard that was scrambling to get ready for shipbuilding, despite saying it would not do so.

May 05, 2016

A 28-member Canadian team, including five members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 23 veterans, has travelled to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the 2016 Invictus Games.

May 05, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has issued a statement regarding his participation in a meeting of defence ministers from countries leading the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

May 04, 2016

Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army, issued a statement yesterday regarding the 2016 Auditor General Spring Report.

May 04, 2016

Canada’s Veterans Affairs Minister says members of the military with mental-health issues should not fear they will be automatically discharged when they step forward for treatment.

May 04, 2016

The Pentagon took the Sea Hunter, a new vessel that promises to be the future of robotic warfare, out for a spin on Monday, showing off the self-driving ship off the cost of San Diego.

May 04, 2016

A scathing auditor general’s report Tuesday shows Canada’s army reserve is in dire straits, with only a fraction of its troops properly trained, equipped and fit for international operations and domestic emergencies.

May 04, 2016

Some employees of the Royal Canadian Legion accessed the confidential files of Canadian veterans held by the federal government without the veterans’ consent. The Privacy Commissioner is investigating one complaint about unauthorized access, but the legion has acknowledged additional incidents.

May 04, 2016

The Saudi government is planning to send dancers to the lawns of Parliament Hill May 19 as part of a massive, four-day cultural show, while a range of rights groups and media pundits continue to pressure Canada’s government over arms sales to the Middle Eastern powerhouse.

May 03, 2016

The Arms Trade Treaty won't mean an immediate end to controversial arms deals like Canada's $15 billion sale of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, says the United Nations disarmament chief.

May 03, 2016

In a wide-ranging interview with CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, a CF-18 commander who flew airstrike missions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria provides a detailed account about being in that arena, some of his bombing missions, and "having to take lives."

May 02, 2016

The Royal Canadian Legion has donated $500,000 from its poppy fund to sponsor a sports event, championed by Prince Harry, for wounded veterans from around the world. The money collected from the Legion’s annual poppy sales is meant as an emergency fund to help Canadian veterans, including the homeless or those in dire financial straits. Tom Eagles, dominion president of the Legion, suggests that "brand recognition" is worth diverting that fund to a logo at the sporting event.

May 02, 2016

Britain will double its fleet of armed surveillance drones with a new upgraded generation of unmanned aircraft able to fly for nearly twice as long, laden with more bombs, missiles and sensors, the U.K. Ministry of Defence has disclosed.

May 02, 2016

The Australian government has signed an agreement with local industry to sustain the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) fleet of eight ANZAC-class frigates, it was announced on 29 April.

Apr 29, 2016

According to Tom Ring and David Perry: "Establishing a strong partnership between the Government and the Canadian Defence Industry should be a key and ongoing priority for the new Liberal Government given the opportunity for a review of defence policy to complement the government’s job creation and innovation agenda."

Apr 29, 2016

The Conference of Defence Associations Institute's latest Vimy Paper explores the debate about Canada's possible participation in US missile defence plans, and assesses the advantages and possible disadvantages of such a commitment.

Apr 29, 2016

The Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) this week tested a modernized parachute that could be used in the CT-114 Tutor.

Apr 29, 2016

Canada’s top general paid a dramatic visit to northern Iraq Thursday to the area where Canadian special operations forces soldiers are aiding peshmerga fighters in their battle against Daesh.

Apr 29, 2016

A serious and potentially very expensive dispute between Britain's Ministry of Defence and shipbuilder BAE Systems, over the precise design and extra cost of eight anti-submarine (ASW) frigates is causing a postponement in the start of work on the vessels. With unions threatening to stop work, the Scottish National Party is accusing David Cameron of "betrayal" since he had promised the new ships would be built at the Clyde shipyards.

Apr 28, 2016

Civilian and military first responders from Simcoe County will converge on Canadian Forces Base Borden on Sunday, May 1, 2016, to participate in a joint mass casualty exercise as part of Exercise STOP, DROP AND ROLL, a simulated response to an air show accident.

Apr 28, 2016

A recent idea floated by Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development – using government procurement as a tool to promote innovation – suggests that new thinking is in the air in Ottawa, says CADSI President Christyn Cianfarani.

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