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IN THE NEWS

Sep 14, 2015

Canada has slipped far behind other industrial countries on Harper’s long watch, in terms of what we spend pulling our weight abroad, notes an editorial in The Toronto Star: We have some catching up to do. 

Sep 14, 2015

A new watchdog in Britian is poised to crack down on defence procurement and stop the practice of “padding” government supply contracts. The Single Source Regulations Office set up last year, is launching a fundamental review of rules on how much profit companies can make, in the first shake-up of defence procurement in almost 50 years.

Sep 14, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney is calling on the Persian Gulf countries to step up and accept more Syrian refugees, saying that a ceasefire in the conflict is unrealistic.

Sep 14, 2015

The Canadian Forces could play a key role in helping to bring at least 50,000 Syrian refugees — far more than the government is planning — to Canada by Christmas, retired general Rick Hillier says.

Sep 14, 2015

At least 12 people were killed and 10 injured in Egypt’s southwestern desert Sunday when security forces mistakenly fired on a group of Mexican tourists, Egyptian officials said.

Sep 14, 2015

Russian forces are expanding the tarmac of a major airport in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad and his minority sect, a prominent Syrian monitoring group said Sunday.

Sep 11, 2015

Some 100 intelligence officers are now stationed at Canadia Forces Stattion Alert try to intercept Russian aircraft and submarine communications and other signals intelligence. Canada shares the take with U.S. intelligence agencies.

Sep 11, 2015

The latest issue of The Economist magazine notes that Canadians like to see themselves as global benefactors, but in fact they have been pinching pennies on aid and defence.

Sep 11, 2015

Interviews with the party leaders this week on CBC's The National revealed a sharp difference of opinion about Canada's military role in fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Here, military observers consider the positions of Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau.

Sep 10, 2015

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering offering rapid seed funding to private companies as a way to encourage more work on technology projects with the commercial sector, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday. The push for greater cooperation with tech companies has been a big theme for the DOD in the past year as it faces a growing and unprecedented threat from private and state actors on the Internet and beyond.

Sep 10, 2015

Soldiers, sailors and pilots should sell British-made weapons to help boost exports, according to the defence industry association. Having military staff who actually use the systems advising potential customers would increase the chances of securing foreign sales, according to ADS, which represents the country’s aerospace, defence and security businesses.

Sep 10, 2015

Russia has started to build a huge military base housing ammunition depots and barracks for several thousand soldiers near the Ukrainian border, a project that suggests the Kremlin is digging in for a prolonged stand-off with Kiev.

Sep 10, 2015

Russian aircraft flying into Syria are delivering military supplies and humanitarian aid, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday, but he shed no light on what the U.S. and NATO worry is a Russian military buildup at a Syrian airfield.

Sep 10, 2015

The Netherlands is to order 14 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from the United States, Dutch defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has said.

Sep 10, 2015

The Ottawa Citizen is running material about what each political party is promising to do in the areas of defence and security. Here is the view of the Liberal Party.

Sep 10, 2015

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says his first acts as prime minister would include pulling the Canadian Forces out of Iraq and Syria, bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees and reducing taxes for small and medium-sized businesses.

Sep 10, 2015

More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, says a report in the The Daily Beast.

Sep 09, 2015

Lida Citroen, writing in Entrepreneur magazine, lists the top five reasons military spouses should be as highly considered for private sector careers as their military veteran partners.

Sep 09, 2015

David Cameron has said “hard military force” will be needed to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria and to defeat Islamic State. As he signalled the start of a government push to make the case for greater British military involvement in Syria, the prime minister said that a failure to take military action was “a decision itself and has consequences”.

Sep 09, 2015

The Ottawa Citizen is running material about what each political party is promising to do in the areas of defence and security. Here is the view of the NDP Party.

Sep 09, 2015

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is promising to boost the aerospace industry, a sector that has seen hundreds of layoffs this year. Mulcair said Tuesday he would set up a $160-million, four-year fund to help small– and medium-sized aerospace companies adopt new technology and increase production in an effort to better compete globally.

Sep 09, 2015

New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair said he’d be open to having the Canadian military transport Syrian refugees out of Turkey to help resettle them here more quickly.

Sep 09, 2015

Canadian air strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq plunged by more than 50 per cent after Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the October federal election, flight totals provided to The Hill Times by the Canadian Armed Forces show.

Sep 08, 2015

The Ottawa Citizen is running material about what each political party is promising to do in the areas of defence and security. Here is the view of the Conservative Party.

Sep 08, 2015

Rules on the profits arms companies can make on more than £8 billion of contracts with the UK government each year will be renegotiated, in one of the most sweeping reviews of defence acquisition for decades.

Sep 08, 2015

Poland will spend $40 billion on defence-equipment acquisitions over the next eight years in an overhaul of the country’s military capabilities aimed at deterring potential threats from Russia and becoming a more robust member of NATO.

Sep 08, 2015

The employment axe is hanging over another 6000 public servants at the Australian Department of Defence as a new cull of its middle and upper management ranks gets under way. Workers at the giant department were told on Monday that a new round of redundancies was targeting big reductions in its executive and senior executive ranks.

Sep 08, 2015

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says Canada’s military mission in the Middle East must last for “the long haul” to defeat Jihadist extremists in the region.

Sep 04, 2015

Prospective bidders on the already delayed proposal to acquire 18 new fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR) aircraft for the Department of National Defence were advised today that the deadline for submitting bids has been changed from 28 September 2015 to 11 January 2016. In confirming the postponement, Public Works & Government Services Canada offered no explanation.

Sep 04, 2015

The US military has been monitoring a Russian military vessel that has been sailing close to a ballistic missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials.

Sep 04, 2015

The European Union (EU) is planning to shift its operation in the Mediterranean against human trafficking to a more aggressive stance, said Federica Mogherini, the EU's top official for security and defence policy. The change would authorize the mission's naval commanders to chase down, capture, and destroy the flimsy and overcrowded vessels used to ferry refugees - often fatally - to Europe's shores.

Sep 04, 2015

Stephen Harper said yesterday that military action is required in order to address the root causes that are forcing millions to flee the war-ravaged regions in Iraq and Syria, noting he has already pledged during his election campaign to accept 10,000 more refugees from Syria and Iraq over four years if re-elected.

Sep 03, 2015

With fighter jets roaring overhead, NATO on Thursday inaugurated a military center in the Lithuanian capital amid growing concerns in the Baltic countries over Russia's military presence, sparked by the fighting in Ukraine.

Sep 03, 2015

The People’s Liberation Army is expected to today showcase breakthroughs in missile technology and military aircraft that reflect its increasing focus on projecting force beyond its borders. Here are 10 military hardware pieces that analysts and other nation’s defence experts will likely be watching out for.

Sep 03, 2015

Army Contracting Command, after months of delays to get more feedback from industry, issued an official request for submissions from gun makers hoping to create and supply the service's new handgun system.

Sep 03, 2015

The CIA and U.S. Special Operations forces have launched a secret campaign to hunt terrorism suspects in Syria as part of a targeted killing program that is run separately from the broader U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State, U.S. officials said.

Sep 03, 2015

With fighter jets roaring overhead, NATO on Thursday inaugurated a military center in the Lithuanian capital amid growing concerns in the Baltic countries over Russia's military presence, sparked by the fighting in Ukraine.

Sep 03, 2015

The People’s Liberation Army is expected to today showcase breakthroughs in missile technology and military aircraft that reflect its increasing focus on projecting force beyond its borders. Here are 10 military hardware pieces that analysts and other nation’s defence experts will likely be watching out for.

Sep 03, 2015

Army Contracting Command, after months of delays to get more feedback from industry, issued an official request for submissions from gun makers hoping to create and supply the service's new handgun system.

Sep 03, 2015

The CIA and U.S. Special Operations forces have launched a secret campaign to hunt terrorism suspects in Syria as part of a targeted killing program that is run separately from the broader U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State, U.S. officials said.

Sep 02, 2015

Frontline gear is used every day by troops the world over, but how are things like the ballistic helmets soldiers wear into battle, the hovercrafts used by the coastguard, a sniper’s camouflage suit, or high-tech “dragon eggs” used by forest firefighters – actually made? A new show, Battle Factory, will take viewers into the hidden world of military and frontline gear factories all over the world, including Canada.

Sep 02, 2015

The United States Navy launched an advanced new tactical communications satellite into orbit today to join a growing network designed to aid U.S. military forces stationed around the world.

Sep 02, 2015

The good news is the Pentagon is finally pitting its tried-and-true A-10 Warthogagainst its brand-new F-35 Lightning II to see which one is better when it comes to helping out troops on the ground. The bad news is such testing won’t start for another three years, when the military will be too invested in the F-35 to do much about it.

Sep 02, 2015

U.S President Barack Obama has said the U.S. will fast-track construction of new icebreakers. Obama has been highlighting the effects of climate change during his trip to Alaska.

Sep 02, 2015

Irving Shipbuilding has started building Canada's first Arctic offshore patrol ship at the company's massive shipyard in Halifax. Hundreds of employees gathered Tuesday in the new assembly hall as a huge sheet of cut steel was hoisted into place and a special ceremony was held to mark the occasion.

Sep 02, 2015

On Thursday, China will turn Beijing’s most important boulevard into a grand stage for a large-scale expansion of defence technology and capability bought with a near-tenfold increase in armed-forces spending since 2000.

Sep 01, 2015

First it was a lease of a Chilean Navy vessel to refuel and resupply Canadian warships at sea. Now the Royal Canadian Navy hired a company to move 220,000 litres of marine fuel on a barge into the Arctic so it could fuel up its warships conducting exercises there.

Sep 01, 2015

Canada’s military, including its special forces, is testing new equipment to improve how soldiers direct airstrikes – a purchase that comes as questions are being raised about whether Canadian fighter jets have killed Iraqi civilians.

Sep 01, 2015

Meeting a long standing demand of the private sector, the Indian defence ministry has amended its procurement rules to cushion companies participating in military contracts against variations in foreign exchange rates.

Sep 01, 2015

Budget pressures increasingly are pushing Pentagon planners to consider outsourcing satellite launches, routine military communication links and even some space-based surveillance operations to industry, a senior Air Force official said Monday.

Sep 01, 2015

The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) is currently evaluating the Polaris MRZR-4 all-terrain vehicle, according to The Ottaawa Citizen, as part of a longer-term process to eventually acquire an enhanced all-terrain vehicle and an ultra-light combat vehicle throiugh competitive bidding.

Aug 31, 2015

A Montreal photographer recently captured the North from a unique angle, taking landscape photos from planes and helicopters as part of a Canadian military art program.

Aug 31, 2015

Canada has received approval to install search and rescue repeaters on the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System satellites.

Aug 31, 2015

The leaders of France, Germany and Russia have spoken by phone and are exploring the possibility of a summit with Ukraine’s president about the conflict in the country’s east.

Aug 28, 2015

Analysts from Tactix Government Relations and Public Affairs have condensed the latest election points into a concise and easy-to-compare listin. Read on for details of the latest promises from the four parties.

Aug 28, 2015

A new report by two American think tanks asserts that Pakistan may be building 20 nuclear warheads annually and could have the world’s third-largest nuclear stockpile within a decade.

Aug 28, 2015

The Conservatives are using former members of the Canadian military to act as security guards at their election campaign events, in addition to the RCMP officers who are assigned to the Stephen Harper’s personal detail.

Aug 28, 2015

Canadian fighter pilots have been accused of killing civilians during a Jan. 21 air strike in Iraq – an allegation the military has kept under wraps until now. The Canadian Armed Forces, which revealed this information in response to a question from The Globe and Mail, say they’ve nevertheless found no evidence to back up this accusation.

Aug 27, 2015

The Canadian government spent $1.6 million to ship $5 million worth of surplus tents, sleeping bags and other military goods last August to Ukraine, according to figures obtained by the Ottawa Citizen.

Aug 27, 2015

The Canadian government weighed the impact on Israel of selling $15-billion in arms to Saudi Arabia, as part of an early effort to identify obstacles to this massive deal, and then informed the London, Ont., manufacturer it could find no “red flags [or] objections” to the transaction, e-mails show.

Aug 27, 2015

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, in a speech on Thursday, cited enhanced ability for Australian and US military forces to work together, more joint exercises and the maintenance of high levels of mission readiness.

Aug 26, 2015

Ireland’s defence policy framework for the next decade sets out the defence policy response to security challenges, including the defence contribution to international peace and security.

Aug 26, 2015

In 2015, the United States will have a declared military and defense budget of $601 billion, which is more than the next seven highest spending countries combined. Here is how the United States spends that money.

Aug 26, 2015

The U.S. Army yesterday awarded the Oshkosh Corporation located in Oshkosh, WI, a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program.

Aug 26, 2015

The US Air Force is pushing back on reports the Pentagon's top weapons tester is planning to pit the F-35 joint strike fighter against the legacy A-10 Warthog for comparative testing, arguing such an exercise would be irrelevant in light of the new jet's capability.

Aug 26, 2015

Aside from some policy announcements during the election campaign, defence procurement hasn’t really come up at all in public debate—and Canada’s defence community is saying it’s about time that Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau bring out their big guns on the file.

Aug 26, 2015

Ottawa is contractually obliged to keep secret the details of a controversial $15-billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia – a transaction that Stephen Harper personally assured the country’s monarch will be guaranteed by the Canadian government, documents say.

Aug 26, 2015

Coming off a round of summer campaigning with Bloc Québécois chief Gilles Duceppe, Parti Québécois Leader Pierre Karl Péladeau said Tuesday an independent Quebec would demand its share of federal assets — from post offices to CF-18 fighter-bombers.

Aug 25, 2015

When it comes to making decisions on defence capability, the needs of the Australian Defence Force must – and will always – come first, says Kevin Andrews, Australia's Minister for Defence.

Aug 25, 2015

Ukrainian servicemen have intimate knowledge of Russia's military tactics, which makes them of great value to US and NATO troops.

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