IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Apr 28, 2016

If Canada is really “back”, it has to be back with substance — and that includes our ability to meet our security and defence commitments in a credible way. That is the message from David McDonough and Tony Battista in an opinion piece in iPolitics.

Apr 28, 2016

Governor General David Johnston will present Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) and Bravery Decorations to members of the Canadian Forces and allied forces at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday morning.

Apr 28, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan hosted an informative roundtable with key stakeholders in Vancouver yesterday as part of public consultations launched earlier this month to help develop a new defence policy for Canada.

Apr 28, 2016

During one of his first scripted policy speeches, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said that if NATO allies don't meet NATO spending targets, they should get out of the alliance and defend themselves against security threats without relying on American firepower.

Apr 28, 2016

One of the more interesting characteristics of this new prime minister is his flexibility and lack of fear in making bold policy shifts, if the circumstances warrant. Trudeau should not rule out the F-35 just because he once said he would, says John Ivison in the National Post.

Apr 27, 2016

The UK Royal Air Force has used the largest bomb in its inventory for the first time against the Islamic State, the Ministry of Defence announced in its latest operational update released on 26 April.

Apr 27, 2016

The former HMCS Algonquin is set to be towed on May 10 from Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, BC. The date could change a bit, depending on various circumstances.

Apr 27, 2016

Sen. John McCain slammed the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's troubled history Tuesday, saying it "has been both a scandal and a tragedy with respect to cost, schedule and performance."

Apr 26, 2016

Australia's Prime Minister has announced the selection of DCNS as the preferred partner for the SEA 1000 Future Submarine Program – to design new submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.

Apr 26, 2016

A terrorist group in the Philippines has killed John Ridsdel, the 68-year-old Canadian kidnapped last September – an execution Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “cold-blooded murder” and the man’s family said was “senseless.”

Apr 26, 2016

Two of the world's most advanced warplanes have touched down in Romania for the first time, near the shores of the Black Sea and just a short hop from Ukraine, the Crimean Peninsula and Russia.

Apr 26, 2016

The bureaucracy at National Defence helped scuttle two attempts by the Harper government to acquire helicopter landing ships over the last few years, documents show.

Apr 26, 2016

As part of efforts to cut costs, the Canadian Forces is looking at options to revamp its Alberta-based aerospace test facilities, including transferring some of the work to private industry or moving the organization to a more accessible location, such as the Ottawa area.

Apr 25, 2016

A contingent of about 275 soldiers and roughly one hundred Canadian Army vehicles travelled 625 km from Quebec to Gagetown, New Brunswick, in a road convoy from April 21 to 23, 2016.

Apr 25, 2016

Three government departments that have equal veto rights on defence procurement, and all have conflicting mandates that effectively "cancel each other out," notes Stuart McCarthy.

Apr 25, 2016

President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since the civil war there began, saying he would dispatch an extra 250 special forces soldiers to build on successes against Islamic State.

Apr 25, 2016

John Manley, president of the Business Council of Canada and former foreign affairs minister, says that selling light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia is good for Canada and Canadian workers, and fully justifiable on moral grounds.

Apr 25, 2016

The Liberals are facing calls to reopen a new peacekeeping training centre three years after the demise of Canada's former school. The new centre would be located in Kingston, Ont., near the Canadian Forces base and military college, but would be a civilian-led operation.

Apr 25, 2016

The B-52 Stratofortress bomber, designed and first fielded to deliver nuclear strikes on the Soviet Union during the Cold War, has dropped its first bombs on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.

Apr 25, 2016

North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine off its northeast coast, South Korean defence officials said, identifying Pyongyang’s latest effort to expand its military might.

Apr 22, 2016

Lockheed Martin Canada opened its new IMPACT Centre in Ottawa this past week with a ribbon cutting event showcasing the innovative demonstration centre.

Apr 22, 2016

France and the United Kingdom validated their Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF) on 21 April as part of Exercise 'Griffin Strike'. The UK Secretary of Defence and his French counterpart jointly announced the Full Validation of Concept for the CJEF during a visit to the exercise that took place in southern England.

Apr 22, 2016

The Royal Canadian Navy is now conducting a feasibility study about extending the life of the Kingston-class ships.

Apr 22, 2016

The Department of National Defence is trying to determine what to do with as many as 1,800 of its employees after a fire closed the Louis St. Laurent building in Gatineau on Thursday.

Apr 22, 2016

The recent Liberal-approved export permits to allow the shipment of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia should be declared illegal, according to a new submission to the Federal Court.

Apr 21, 2016

The new Leopard II Main Battle Tank Maintenance Facility was officially opened today at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.

Apr 21, 2016

MPs on the U.K. Commons defence select committee said that George Osborne and Michael Fallon, the U.K. Defence Secretary, had only been able to meet the Nato target on defence spending (2% of GDP) by modifying Government accounting practices.

Apr 21, 2016

The Department of National Defence has been ordered to pay $100,000 for contravening the Fisheries Act, following a 2013 fuel spill in Halifax Harbour.

Apr 21, 2016

A former Liberal cabinet minister currently advising the Trudeau government on its new defence policy described ballistic missile defence two years ago as an “amazingly new form of weapons system” that Canada should join.

Apr 21, 2016

A Russian Su-27 multirole fighter barrel-rolled over a U.S. spy plane operating in international airspace over the Baltic Sea last week, at one point coming within 15 metres of the U.S. aircraft, the Pentagon said Monday.

Apr 21, 2016

President Barack Obama is set to meet with top officials from six Arab nations to discuss regional security issues in the Persian Gulf including the fight against the Islamic State militant group.

Apr 21, 2016

Some of the Canadian military’s top equipment programs – including projects to buy new maritime helicopters and Arctic patrol vessels – will see their funding delayed as the Defence Department tries to deal with the Liberal government’s recently announced budget.

Apr 21, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would not say Wednesday whether he plans any changes to disability benefits paperwork, after a veteran expressed frustration that the government has repeatedly forced him to fill out forms confirming he is still a double-amputee.

Apr 20, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested Tuesday that there was nothing unusual about his foreign affairs minister not seeking his input before signing export permits for the $15-billion Saudi arms deal.

Apr 20, 2016

Liberal chair suggests the committee agenda is already packed, and convening a subcommittee is not necessarily the best way to study this issue.

Apr 20, 2016

Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada, a charity staffed largely by veterans to help former comrades in need and which helped clients draw on the fund a couple of times a month, was recently notified that the fund had run dry.

Apr 20, 2016

Canada’s high-profile delivery of military supplies to Ukraine in the summer of 2014 appears to have been planned and executed under pressure from the prime minister in only 10 days, according to internal documents.

Apr 20, 2016

A Canadian senior military commander responsible for protecting against airborne threats to North America says Canada would not be shielded from a ballistic missile attack.

Apr 19, 2016

The Canadian Army expects to receive its new Textron Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle by the end of 2016, following two years of delays. The 500-vehicle fleet is to be distributed across seven bases and 24 units.

Apr 19, 2016

Australia's Department of Defence has just announced plans for its shipyards for how it would spend upwards of AUD40 billion (USD31 billion) to buy 42 ships. The announcement details the shipbuilding locations for three programs: Offshore Patrol Vessels, Future Frigates, and Pacific Patrol Boats.

Apr 19, 2016

As Liberal government officials stand by their much-criticized decision to honour a controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia, some MPs are pushing for a parliamentary committee to examine the Canadian arms trade.

Apr 19, 2016

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion says a major economic backlash from Saudi Arabia would result if Ottawa were to cancel a controversial $15-billion arms deal with Riyadh – but he was unable to say whether a Liberal government would have actually signed the combat vehicle contract in the first place.

Apr 18, 2016

Military personnel are worried that some of the details they tell survey staff could make it back to their commanding officers or others in the chain of command, the Ottawa Citizen has learned.

Apr 18, 2016

Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, has announced a new initiative to broaden engagement with Veterans' stakeholders, a move than the government hopes will improve transparency and support consultation to address important Veterans’ issues.

Apr 18, 2016

ISIL fighters reportedly have something new to fear – An Iraqi Army M-1 Abrams tank nicknamed “The Beast.”

Apr 18, 2016

The Liberal government has signalled its willingness to reopen one of the most contentious debates in recent Canadian military history: whether the country should participate in ballistic missile defence. And the results could be very different this time around.

Apr 15, 2016

From April 18 to 28, 2016, members from the Canadian Army will be supporting UN-mandated training activities taking place in Agadir, Morocco, during Exercise AFRICAN LION 2016.

Apr 15, 2016

The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, The SkyHawks, is kicking off its 2016 season at the March Air Reserve Base Airshow in California on April 16 and 17, 2016.

Apr 15, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not name a single country whose human rights record would disqualify it from trade with Canada when pressed about the Saudi arms deal Thursday.

Apr 15, 2016

Improvements to Canada’s CF-18 jets – which could cost almost $500 million – have to be done within five years or the upgrades to the aging planes won’t make economic sense, according to the officer in charge of determining how to modernize the fighters.

Apr 14, 2016

Conservative accusations that the Liberals harbour "disdain" and "visceral hatred" for the Canadian military sparked a sharp rebuke from Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in question period Wednesday.

Apr 14, 2016

Newly released secret documents show how the Foreign Affairs Minister quietly gave the green light to sell combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia – challenging the Liberal government’s claims that their hands were tied on the $15-billion ‘done deal’ brokered by their Conservative predecessors.

Apr 14, 2016

Russian attack planes buzzed a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea multiple times Monday and Tuesday, coming as close as an estimated 30 feet (9 metres) from the ship and twice passing below the ship’s navigation bridge, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Apr 14, 2016

Rick Hillier says the Canadian military is “fragile” after years of budget cuts and delayed equipment purchases. And while he stopped short of saying the force is on the verge of another “decade of darkness,” he didn’t rule it out completely.

Apr 13, 2016

Canadian Armed Forces inquiry has found "no evidence" to support allegations of sexually assaulted young boys despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary.

Apr 13, 2016

Approximately 500 Canadian Army Reserve Force soldiers from 31 Canadian Brigade Group (31 CBG) will practice their combat skills from April 15 to 17, 2016, at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre in Meaford, Ontario, as a part of Exercise ARROWHEAD CALM 2016.

Apr 13, 2016

The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed its premier air defence fighter to Europe for only the second time as part of ongoing regional reassurance measures taking place throughout the continent in the face of a resurgent Russia.

Apr 13, 2016

The United Kingdom has taken delivery of its fourth and final pre-operational Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told IHS Jane's on 12 April.

Apr 13, 2016

The Canadian government will spend $133 million over the next five years for new technologies to improve surveillance of the Arctic. Defence Research and Development Canada, the military’s science organization, is coordinating the surveillance research.

Apr 12, 2016

Canadian soldiers aired concerns about the sexual abuse of children in Afghanistan by Afghan personnel – medics even treated minors for injuries suffered in the assaults – according to a new report that concludes the military failed to effectively deal with the issue.

Apr 12, 2016

At least one senior Royal Canadian Air Force officer is under investigation by the military police unit that probes major crimes for alleged negligence relating to a deadly helicopter crash six years ago in Afghanistan.

Apr 12, 2016

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion in early April quietly issued export permits for the bulk of the shipments tied to a controversial $15-billion sale of combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia, a crucial green light for the deal that critics of the transaction thought had already been granted.

Apr 12, 2016

The Canadian military spent $209 million on a high-tech weapons simulator but never fully used used it. Despite that, the army is now looking to spend up to $249 million on a new, similar system.

Apr 12, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has headed off a potentially divisive debate by declaring the Liberal government will not privatize military search and rescue.

Apr 11, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has defended Canada for bringing up the rear in terms of military spending among NATO members, after U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and a number of U.S. senators recently slammed the alliance for being full of “free riders.”

Apr 11, 2016

A colonel from North Korea’s military spy agency fled to South Korea last year in an unusual case of a senior-level defection, Seoul officials said Monday.

Apr 11, 2016

Air Task Force-Romania has started its return from Constanta, Romania, to Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Quebec, upon completion of Exercise RESILIENT RESOLVE.

Apr 11, 2016

HMCS Vancouver made history recently as it became the first modernized Canadian frigate to successfully test surface-to-surface missiles against a shore-based target, utilizing the Harpoon Block II surface-to-surface missiles.

Apr 08, 2016

Mohamed Abrini, wanted over November's Islamic State attacks in Paris, has been arrested in Brussels, Belgian public broadcaster VRT said on Friday, adding that he was probably involved in last month's Brussels bombings.

Apr 08, 2016

Two people were killed in an apparent murder-suicide at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio on Friday that triggered a lockdown at the facility, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said.

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