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IN THE NEWS

Oct 02, 2015

Iran ground forces were on the move Thursday night in Syria in preparation for an attack to reclaim rebel-held territory under the cover of controversial Russian airstrikes, according to sources close to Damascus.

Oct 01, 2015

Nearly half of Canadian electors approve of Justin Trudeau’s election promise to scrap Conservative government plans to acquire a $45.7-billion fleet of 65 U.S. F-35 stealth attack planes, a new poll indicates.

Oct 01, 2015

France's Senate has released a report outlining the cost to the French government and industry of the failed sale of the Mistral-class amphibious assault vessels to Russia.

Oct 01, 2015

The definition of a "campaign issue" is elusive. Generally, it has to do with the self-interest of politicians and the reporters who cover them. Last week, the subject of Canadian arms sales to Saudi Arabia was raised, became an issue and died, all within about 24 hours, notes CBC's Neil Macdonald.

Oct 01, 2015

Special Operations forces from the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan came under fire from Taliban militants early Wednesday after being dispatched to the northern city of Kunduz to help Afghan forces retake it from insurgents who seized it earlier this week, coalition officials said.

Oct 01, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a coordinated response to the Syrian crisis during a one-day trip to the United Nations this week. He didn’t wait around to get an answer.

Oct 01, 2015

With Russian and U.S warplanes attacking rebel groups, the Syrian war has entered a dangerous phase. No longer a proxy war, the conflict has brought warplanes from the old Cold War rivals into close proximity.

Oct 01, 2015

Only four of the air force's venerable CH-124 Sea King helicopters are due to be written off between now and the end of next March, despite last June's splashy retirement party for the five decade-old workhorses.

Sep 30, 2015

It is important to understand why Russia has just recently increased its presence in Syria, when it could have done so at any time during the four-year-old civil war, says George Petrolekas in The Globe and Mail.

Sep 30, 2015

I’d prefer a political leader who has the courage of his/her convictions, who would commit to provide our military personnel with the resources they need and deserve, says Tim Dunne in an opinion piece in The Chronicle Herald today.

Sep 30, 2015

Russia has sent warships to an Arctic region where new naval infrastructure is being built, including an air defence base on Sredniy Island An icebreaker carved a channel through the ice for the Northern Fleet flotilla, Interfax news agency said.

Sep 30, 2015

Conservative political strategist Lynton Crosby was inspired by British Field Marshall William Slim. Maclean's magazine matched the other major party leaders to their military muses.

Sep 30, 2015

As Canada’s political leaders slugged it out in a foreign policy debate in Toronto, world leaders meeting in New York pledged to increase the size of United Nations peacekeeping forces by 30,000. Stephen Harper pointed out that Canada is still involved in blue-helmet UN operations? But are we? Murray Brewster explores this question.

Sep 30, 2015

A bipartisan consensus has evolved that it’s time to drop billions more dollars on the United States military. Defense stocks have already zoomed in anticipation: Most of the major defense contractors have seen their stock prices double since Barack Obama’s second term began in January, 2013.

Sep 30, 2015

CBC News has learned that a Canadian military effort to formally create integrated forces with the United States for expeditionary operations included an even more ambitious option — a plan to fully integrate military forces, explored during a meeting with the top generals from the two countries.

Sep 29, 2015

The defence portfolio is a tough assignment and Australia's new defence minister, Marise Payne, takes it on at an especially difficult time.

Sep 29, 2015

An NDP government would conduct a full review of the role of the Canadian military once elected, according to the party’s former foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar.

Sep 29, 2015

An article in The Altantic magazine suggests that while military retirees aren't prepared for private-sector success, that's a good thing: Thriving in business requires a shallow, materialistic outllook that is out of place in the armed forces.

Sep 29, 2015

The Canadian military has been working on a plan to create with the United States a bi-national integrated military force to deploy to hot spots around the world.

Sep 28, 2015

Lieutenant General (Retired) Patrick (Paddy) O’Donnell, CMM, CD, a former Vice Chief of the Defence Staff and past president of the Canadian Defence Industries Association, passed away peacefully at home last week, surrounded by his immediate family.

Sep 28, 2015

National defence is a dead zone in our elections, rarely debated in depth in a country where the military and its multiple problems are mostly out of sight, out of mind, says the CBC's Brian Stewart.

Sep 28, 2015

Hey, I have an idea for this election, says John Robson in today's National Post. A big one. Why don’t we discuss actually funding defence? Imagine where it might lead.

Sep 28, 2015

Canada’s international clout is “under threat” as its honest-broker role is replaced with a more assertive stand that plays down traditional multilateralism, an internal Foreign Affairs briefing document is warning senior federal government insiders.

Sep 28, 2015

In these uncertain times, we can hope for the best or try to guess what most threatens us. Or we can build the capabilities a G7 country ought to have no matter what. We think it’s time we put a priority on self-defence and on our ability to influence global events. That is the opening position of an op-ed piece in today's National Post.

Sep 28, 2015

President Bashar al-Assad’s key backers declared victory on Sunday night after Western leaders who had previously backed Syrian rebels said they accepted he would stay in power, at least for the time being.

Sep 28, 2015

Canada is considering saving money on its future warship fleet by stripping equipment from its surplus destroyers and Halifax-class frigates, according to a document obtained by the Ottawa Citizen.

Sep 25, 2015

A group that represents Canadian companies involved in the F-35 program say abandoning plans to buy the oft-maligned stealth fighter would endanger contracts and jobs.

Sep 25, 2015

Promotional videos done by the Prime Minister’s Office that showed the faces of military personnel serving in Iraq and Kuwait — in violation of military security rules — set off a mad scramble within the defence department to determine who had cleared the videos for public release, documents show.

Sep 25, 2015

New high-tech communication gear being purchased for Canada’s future soldiers could cost more because of fluctuations in the value of the Canadian dollar and the fact that such technology could become quickly obsolete, according to a Department of National Defence document obtained by the Citizen.

Sep 25, 2015

After analyzing available information, it is clear that cancelling the F-35 procurement will not result in tens of billions of dollars saved, nor serve any of Canada’s longstanding interests, says Richard Shimooka in today's National Post.

Sep 24, 2015

Bids were supposed to be in Sept. 28 for the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue aircraft project. But that won’t be happening, says a report in today's Ottawa Citizen. The process has now been extended and bids for the new aircraft for the RCAF will now be required by Jan. 11, 2016.

Sep 24, 2015

The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer says Canadian firms will likely continue to supply parts for the F-35 fighter jet – regardless of whether Canada buys the planes – because the products of these firms are considered best value for the stealth plane.

Sep 24, 2015

Iran has unveiled a new homemade reconnaissance drone dubbed Mohajem 92. The drone can fly for six hours and its operational range covers the distance of 100 kilometers, Iran ’s Tasnim news agency reported Sept. 23.

Sep 24, 2015

France has agreed to sell Egypt two Mistral-class helicopter carriers that were previously contracted to go to Russia, the Elysee Palace announced Wednesday.

Sep 24, 2015

Russia has threatened to take “countermeasures” if the United States goes ahead with the deployment of a new type of nuclear weapon to bases in Germany, raising fears of a return to a Cold War style arms race in Europe.

Sep 23, 2015

The Royal Canadian Navy’s film production team won the Golden Sabre award for the best military film production at the Sixth International Historical and Military Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland on September 8, 2015.

Sep 23, 2015

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces yesterday released a statement on recent media coverage on the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program, which will renew the Royal Canadian Navy surface combat fleet by replacing the capabilities provided by the destroyers (Iroquois-class) and the multi-role patrol frigates (Halifax-class).

Sep 23, 2015

The last time a prospective Liberal government promised to cancel a pricey military program it led to a procurement odyssey that stretched more than 20 years, something defence experts say Justin Trudeau would have to avoid with the F-35.

Sep 23, 2015

Michael Den Tandt in today's National Post: Justin Trudeau is running rings just now around both his principal opponents. He is doing so through clearer strategy, sharper tactics and dogged hewing to a plan. This week’s debate about defence procurement is a case in point.

Sep 22, 2015

Canada could pull out of the F-35 project without facing financial penalties but a Liberal government likely wouldn’t be able to exclude the plane’s manufacturer from bidding in an open competition for a new fighter jet, says a former top defence procurement official.

Sep 22, 2015

Delays in large-scale production of U.S. Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth war planes combined with the Harper government’s failure to commit to competitive bidding for a new fighter jet have led to a Department of National Defence plan for a $500-million upgrade to extend the life of Canada’s vintage CF-18 fighter fleet by five years, a new industry acquisition guide for the fighter program shows.

Sep 22, 2015

A Liberal government would hold an open competition for fighter jets among the lower-cost competitors, Trudeau has said, noting that there would be no penalty for withdrawing from the F-35 project. Harper said Monday that would "crater" the aerospace industry, particularly in Trudeau's backyard of Montreal. Would it?

Sep 21, 2015

Senior British Army officers and procurement officials are examining the future of the BAE Systems Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT), including possibly buying a new vehicle.

Sep 21, 2015

NATO, its 28 allies, and industry are still debating how best to fully exploit public-private co-operation to protect the alliance's cyber networks, although some progress has been made since NATO's Wales summit in September 2014, according to allied officials.

Sep 21, 2015

Canada was actively pursuing — at the political level — the possible acquisition of the French-built Mistral-class helicopter carriers, several defence, diplomatic and military industry sources have told The Canadian Press.

Sep 21, 2015

Documents obtained by CTV News suggest that the Conservative government's plan to overhaul the Royal Canadian Navy with a multi-billion dollar procurement to replace frigates and destroyers may be in trouble.

Sep 21, 2015

Later this month the United States will almost certainly approve women in all combat positions. It’s a mistake whose time has logically come, says John Robson in an op-ed column in today's National Post.

Sep 21, 2015

Justin Trudeau says a Liberal government would not buy the F-35 fighter jet and would instead purchase “more affordable” aircraft to replace Canada’s aging F-18s.

Sep 21, 2015

Second World War veterans marched alongside members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Cadets in a parade yesterday on Parliament Hill as part of commemorative ceremonies observing the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Sep 21, 2015

Close to 25,000 people from across the country ran, walked, and rolled through the streets of Ottawa and Gatineau in the eigth annual Canada Army Run, presented by BMO – one of the most unique running events in the country.

Sep 18, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama believes that holding military talks with Russia on Syria is an important next step and hopes they will take place very shortly, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

Sep 18, 2015

From being a rather modest exhibitor at DSEI in London, UK, the Canadian presence has grown to a record 65 companies, occupying 6,000 sq ft, in 2015.

Sep 18, 2015

Canada’s military is looking at ways to potentially contribute to missile defence but it has yet to figure out how it would be able to afford such a capability, according to documents obtained by the Citizen.

Sep 18, 2015

Edmonton was first invited to name a ship of the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942. But it couldn’t be HMCS Edmonton. That's because there was already an HMCS Edmundston.

Sep 17, 2015

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) unveiled a new uniform design for the British Army that includes a pair of smart glasses and a smartwatch, which the department hopes to deploy to soldiers sometime in the 2020s.

Sep 17, 2015

While gunfire rang out in the streets, Burkina Faso’s military took to the airwaves Thursday to declare it now controls the West African country, confirming that a coup has taken place just weeks before elections.

Sep 17, 2015

The Syrian military has recently started using new types of air and ground weapons supplied by Russia, a Syrian military source told Reuters on Thursday, underlining growing Russian support to Damascus that is alarming the United States.

Sep 17, 2015

Canada should be at the forefront of an international push to de-militarize the Arctic and declare it a nuclear-free zone, one of the country's prominent foreign affairs ministers said Wednesday.

Sep 17, 2015

Airbus Defence and Space (DS) revealed during the DSEI 2015 exhibition in London a new system for detecting and neutralising unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Sep 17, 2015

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) invites members of the public to show their appreciation for and remember those who served and sacrificed during the Battle of Britain, by attending the 75th anniversary ceremony on Parliament Hill.

Sep 17, 2015

In a hallway of Simon Fraser University, retired Canadian Forces captain Trevor Greene is doing something he has not been able to do since being struck in the head by an axe in Afghanistan in 2006. Mr. Greene, 50, is walking.

Sep 16, 2015

The relationship between the economy and defence is often overlooked, but the link is material to debates on balanced budgets, deficit spending or potential program cuts, says George Petrolekas in an opinion piece in The Globa and Mail.

Sep 16, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday strongly defended Moscow's military assistance to the Syrian government, saying it's impossible to defeat the Islamic State group without co-operating with Damascus.

Sep 16, 2015

Sir Nick Houghton, the UK’s chief of defence staff, has expressed concern about ever greater constraints on the use of force, including lack of public support and parliamentary consent.

Sep 15, 2015

The UK Ministry of Defence has announced plans to hold a ‘hacking’ event on the deep web to develop technologies that could improve the UK’s national security. The MODHack event will run from 25 to 27 September at Wallacespace in London.

Sep 15, 2015

The U.S. Navy has agreed to limit its use of sonar and other training that inadvertently harms whales, dolphins and other marine mammals off Hawaii and California in a settlement with environmental groups approved Monday.

Sep 15, 2015

Retired lieutenant-general and former senator Roméo Dallaire says Canada has the capacity to take in between 80,000 and 90,000 Syrian refugees, and he dismisses security concerns over accepting them as a "smokescreen."

Sep 15, 2015

The Royal Canadian Regiment received a warm welcome from Ukrainians as it begins Operation Unifier, the Canadian military’s mission to help train Ukrainian army units for war against the Russian-backed separatists who control swaths of eastern Ukraine.

Sep 15, 2015

The Hungarian government is expected to decide Tuesday to deploy the army to its border with Serbia as a set of harsh new measures meant to stop the huge flow of refugees and other migrants through the country takes effect.

Sep 15, 2015

Stephen Harper condemned Russia’s increased military involvement in Syria as “dangerous” Friday — but also reiterated his promise to keep Canadian conventional combat troops out of the war-torn region.

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