IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Aug 07, 2015

In full ceremonial military uniform, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi officially opened the new Suez extension. Funded entirely by Egyptian investors, the project is expected to more than double the canal's annual revenue to $13.2B by 2023.

Aug 07, 2015

Russia is the leading suspect in a sophisticated cyber-attack on the unclassified email network of the US military’s joint staff that prompted the Pentagon last month to restrict access to portions of that network, US officials said on Thursday.

Aug 07, 2015

A couple of decades ago, Sweden had a strong military. Its air force was one of the capable in the world, its navy had dozens of ships and submarines, and artillery guarded the coastlines from a multitude of secret mountain hideaways. Now, after a number of fatal decisions, based on the belief that wars in Europe were a thing of the past, most of its military is gone and Sweden has virtually no means of protecting itself.

Aug 07, 2015

The US Air Force (USAF) has rolled out the first Northrop T-38 Talon advanced jet trainer aircraft to be modernised under the 'Pacer Classic III' programme, the service announced on 6 August. The aircraft was rolled out at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex's (ALC's) 575th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, on 31 July.

Aug 06, 2015

Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday, with Mayor Kazumi Matsui renewing calls for U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders to step up efforts toward making a nuclear-weapons-free world.

Aug 06, 2015

Military police are investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old air cadet after he fell ill at a Nova Scotia military base. Capt. Liam Mather, a spokesman for cadets in Atlantic Canada, says Gabriel Comeau of Saint John, N.B., fell ill Tuesday afternoon in his accommodations at 14 Wing at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood.

Aug 05, 2015

On August 3, it was announced that the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is making the move to cloud computing this autumn. It's a shift it says that will save the government £1bn ($1.56bn) for reinvestment over the next decade.

Aug 05, 2015

Russia has activated the Aerospace Forces as a new branch of its military, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced on 3 August. The Aerospace Forces has been formed by the merger of the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces.

Aug 05, 2015

NATO is to halve the number of combat aircraft it is committing to the Baltic Air Policing Mission despite a recent upsurge in interceptions of Russian military aircraft transiting the region, an alliance spokesperson confirmed to IHS Jane's on 4 August.

Aug 05, 2015

The Australian government revealed plans on 4 August to invest more than $64 billion (US) in the country's naval shipbuilding industry over a 20-year period. As part of the investment, the government is bringing into action a "continuous build" strategy to allay a forecast tailing-off of shipbuilding, nicknamed the "Valley of Death" by local industry.

Aug 05, 2015

Russia made a new bid Tuesday for a huge swath of Arctic territory — including the North Pole — putting Canada in the position of potentially having to negotiate with the country to settle overlapping claims.

Aug 05, 2015

In an exclusive interview, the National Post’s Matthew Fisher spoke to General Jonathan Vance about sexual abuse in the military, the biggest threats Canada faces and what he has planned for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Aug 04, 2015

A contingent representing over 300 personnel from nine NATO nations last week concluded Exercise Precise Response at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) – Suffield Research Centre, in Suffield, Alberta. During the last three weeks, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) specialists trained together to respond as part of the NATO Reactionary Force, a coalition against the use of CBRN threats.

Aug 04, 2015


Starting August 8 and throughout the month, approximately 4800 Canadian soldiers, mostly Army Reserve Force members, are taking part in several exercises across the country. These exercises aim to further refine the Canadian Army’s operational capabilities in various situations and environments. An interoperability component is also included, with U.S. soldiers participating in the training.

Aug 04, 2015

The military helicopters swooped in over the Kurdish heartland and dropped white incendiary powder on a raging brush fire — igniting a massive conflagration that raced through the mountains, devouring orchards and livestock. For Kurds living in nearby Lice, the recent Turkish operation brought back memories of the traumatic days in the 1990s when the army twice burned the town to the ground.

Aug 04, 2015

The U.S. military is expanding its combat role in Syria in defense of coalition-backed rebels, conducting armed drone missions into Syria from an air base in Turkey and imposing new rules allowing the U.S. to defend rebels against attacks from any hostile force, including the Assad government.

Aug 04, 2015

U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The coalition had no immediate comment.

Aug 01, 2015

The Government of Canada has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Chantier Davie Canada Incorporated and Project Resolve Incorporated to continue discussions on pursuing an at-sea support services contract, Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

Jul 31, 2015

The US Army is nearly 14% short of the recruits it will need to fill its ranks, marking the first time in six years — and only the third in the last 20 — that it may fall short of its recruiting goal for the year.

Jul 31, 2015

Canada is prepared to give up to $8.3 million in additional funding to Iraq and neighbouring countries in the fight against Islamic State militants, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson said Thursday.

Jul 31, 2015

Diane Finely, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, yesterday issued a statement to suppliers of goods and services to the Government about how Public Works is making changes to its processes and technology to improve federal procurement.

Jul 31, 2015


Sergeant Tatyana Danylyshyn (second from left), from The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's), in Victoria, B.C., earned the top shot honour at the annual Bisley shooting competition held in Bisley, United Kingdom, from June 21 to July 1, 2015.

Jul 30, 2015

The US Defense Department has tapped medical records firm Cerner, along with its partners Leidos and Accenture, to help overhaul the military's massive health IT system. The contract is valued at $4.3 billion over five years, and could set a new national standard for electronic health record systems.

Jul 30, 2015

Royal Air Force quick reaction Typhoon jets intercepted 10 Russian military aircraft during a single sortie last week, the UK Ministry of Defence has disclosed. The RAF fighters from 6 (Fighter) Squadron were launched from their airfield in Estonia after multiple groups of aircraft were spotted by NATO air defences in international airspace near to the Baltic States.

Jul 30, 2015

In a sign of its resilience, the Islamic State appears to have recruited new fighters to offset 15,000 militants killed in a U.S.-led airstrike campaign approaching its first anniversary, U.S. military and intelligence estimates show.

Jul 30, 2015

The UK government minister responsible for defence acquisition said on 29 July that he believes there is future opportunity to grow the nation's maritime sector even as its domestic naval shipbuilding programmes have reached a peak.

Jul 30, 2015

Australia's seventh Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft arrived at its homebase of RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland on 29 July, only three months after its acquisition was announced.

Jul 29, 2015

Israeli Government subsidiary ELTA Systems Ltd. will work with Rheinmetall to bring new sensor capabilities to the Canadian Armed Forces. An improved radar system for the Canadian Army will use cutting edge technology that is part of the successful Israeli Defence Force Iron Dome Air Defence system to defend against incoming rocket fire from Hamas and other terrorist groups.

Jul 29, 2015

NATO proclaims ‘strong solidarity’ to TurkeyTurkish jets bombed Kurdish rebels inside Turkey on Tuesday as NATO proclaimed its “strong solidarity” with the country’s fight against ISIL but urged restraint in a campaign that has also targeted Kurdish separatists.

Jul 29, 2015

Russia will guarantee a permanent naval presence in the Mediterranean and boost its strength in the Atlantic and Arctic under a strategy to counter “unacceptable” NATO expansion. The plans, which also include ambitious ship-building targets and expansion of infrastructure for the country’s fleet in the Black Sea, were laid out in a new naval doctrine approved by President Vladimir Putin.

Jul 29, 2015

Earlier this month, a medium-long range shipboard surface-to-air missile malfunctioned and exploded above the Navy destroyer USS The Sullivans. The scheduled missile exercise occurred on July 18 at approximately 9 a.m. off the coast of Virginia, according to the US Navy Institute.

Jul 29, 2015

NATO is happy that Turkey is joining the Syria fray, but cautions Ankara about taking on the Kurds, says the CBC's Brian Stewart. Such is the total-war jumble of the conflicts in both Iraq and Syria that the sudden entry of Turkey into the action can be seen as both a positive development as well as yet another spiral into even more destruction.

Jul 29, 2015

An Afghan official said Wednesday his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached on the government's comments about Omar, who has been declared dead many times before.

Jul 28, 2015

The Minister of National Defence and the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff today issued statements in response to the investigation report released today by the Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces on the 1974 grenade explosion at the cadet training centre in CFB Valcartier.

Jul 28, 2015

Veterans Affairs Canada should have been more transparent and paid closer attention to the impact on service before laying off hundreds of frontline staff and closing several offices across the country, says Canada’s veterans ombudsman.

Jul 28, 2015

Today, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with multiple sex-related offences including an offence related to Breach of Trust by a Public Officer, all pursuant to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Jul 28, 2015

A detailed plan to re-equip the Royal Australian Navy and to save the naval shipbuilding industry will be the centrepiece of the coming defence white paper. The white paper, expected late next month or in early September, would be designed to place the industry on a sustainable footing to avoid a jobs crisis.

Jul 28, 2015

Imagine an armed helicopter that can search for and kill people based on certain pre-defined criteria. Or an artificially intelligent robot outfitted with weapons performing pre-programmed patrols, without any human intervention. It may sound like something out of a science-fiction movie. But more than 1,000 tech and robotics experts — including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak — are warning that an AI arms race is on the horizon — not within decades, but years.

Jul 28, 2015

With the US Marine Corps set to declare initial operating capability for its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) before the end of July, many are again asking if there will ever be another manned fighter, or if the JSF truly is the last of its kind.

Jul 28, 2015

The federal government has awarded contracts to a Montreal-area company as part of its investment in military technology. Defence Minister Jason Kenney says the contracts obtained by Rheinmetall Canada Inc. are potentially worth more than $493 million.

Jul 28, 2015

NATO's secretary-general said Tuesday that the alliance "stands in strong solidarity with our ally Turkey," as ambassadors gathered for a rare emergency meeting about the threat faced by a member. Turkey requested the extraordinary meeting to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the actions Turkish authorities are taking in response, including attacks on Kurdish rebels.

Jul 27, 2015

Scott Taylor has written an amusingly truthful op-ed about Harper and Kenney's efforts to pretend Canada is a military power, while her navy has been so neglected that supply ships must now be leased.

Jul 27, 2015

The last Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate based on the US western coast has been decommissioned, US Navy (USN) officials announced on 24 July.

Jul 27, 2015

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has acknowledged that his army is short of manpower and has been forced to sacrifice territory in the country's raging civil war.

Jul 27, 2015

German plans to acquire a fleet of new combat ships through a European competition have opened the door to a possible sale of the British Royal Navy's Type 26 frigate design, BAE Systems executives said.

Jul 25, 2015

A CAF Reserve soldier died during military training at CFB Shilo Saturday, 25 July 2015. Private Kirby Tott was training with the 3rd Canadian Division Training Centre’s detachment at when he died suddenly. His death is under investigation and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause.

Jul 24, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney, and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, announced a series of measures intended to strengthen the SAR system. Key among them is transferring the National SAR Secretariat from the DND purview over to Public Safety.

Jul 24, 2015

A contingent of over 200 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members from across Canada completed a demanding journey today by crossing the finish line at the 99th annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen.

Jul 24, 2015

The federal government today announced more than $1 million in funding to the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) to increase the presence of western Canadian defence and security-based industries at international defence procurement events between 2015 and 2017.

Jul 24, 2015

Boeing is taking steps to keep its F-18 production line open for future Navy and international sales based on positive signs from multiple sources, according to a report in USNI News.

Jul 24, 2015

For 40 days, Chilean replenishment ship AO-52 Almirante Montt will be conducting at-sea training with Pacific Fleet sailors to prepare for the arrival of Canada’s new Queenston-class supply ships. Partnering with Montt are HMC Ships Vancouver and Calgary, which will practice Replenishment-at-Sea (RAS) operations.

Jul 24, 2015

The soldiers and band of the Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Armed Forces will host the 19th annual Fortissimo on Parliament Hill, at 7:30 p.m. each evening from July 23 to 25. Fortissimo is a military and musical spectacular featuring a military concert and sunset ceremony.

Jul 24, 2015

Turkish warplanes struck Islamic state group targets across the border in Syria, Turkey's government confirmed Friday. A government official says three F-16 jets took off from Diyarbakir airbase in southeast Turkey early Friday and used smart bombs to hit three IS targets across the Turkish border province of Kilis.

Jul 24, 2015

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a U.S. airstrike has killed a senior al Qaeda operational commander in eastern Afghanistan. He said in a statement Friday that the airstrike killed Abu Khalil Al-Sudani on July 11.

Jul 24, 2015

Canada’s newly minted chief of defence staff will hold a summit this August with the leadership of the Canadian military to determine the way ahead for eradicating sexual assault and harassment in the Canadian Forces.

Jul 24, 2015

Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross, the military's top female general, says recruiting more women to the Canadian Forces will be a "difficult road," especially in the wake of intense publicity around sexual harassment in its ranks.

Jul 23, 2015

Members from Joint Task Force (North) and 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group conclude their participation in Operation NUNAKPUT 2015 (Op NK 15) today after 17 days of maritime patrols along the Mackenzie River from Hay River to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.

Jul 23, 2015

The federal government today announced a significant series of enhancements to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG)’s resources in Vancouver Harbour, including further Department of National Defence (DND) / Canadian Armed Forces support to the Canadian Coast Guard Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Station located in downtown Vancouver. Increased cooperation between the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and CCG will boost the latter’s capability to respond to marine pollution incidents and conduct search-and-rescue operations in the Vancouver Harbour area.

Jul 23, 2015

The Canadian Forces are warning military cadet organizations about cyber attacks after Islamic State sympathizers hacked into at least one webpage and altered the site with graphic images of dead women and children.

Jul 23, 2015

An editorial in today's National Post says that the political party that promised to sweep away the "decade of darkness" suffered by the military in the deficit-busting 1990s has precious little to show for its pledges.

Jul 23, 2015

Gun-toting Americans are showing up at U.S. military recruiting centres around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week’s killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jul 22, 2015

The UK's frontline fast-jet force is set to fall to its lowest numerical strength just ahead of the turn of the decade, with the almost simultaneous retirement of both the Panavia Tornado GR.4 and early model Eurofighter Typhoon fleets, the UK government disclosed on 21 July.

Jul 22, 2015

Ten members from British Columbia’s Okanagan Indian Band have been selected for specialized training to learn how to rid their reserve of the buried bullets and bombs that have accumulated over a century. Military training dating back to the Boer War has littered spent and unexploded ordinance across thousands of hectares of two areas on the First Nation’s land near Vernon, B.C.

Jul 22, 2015

Specially trained Egyptian pilots flew three new Rafale fighter jets from a base in southern France to Cairo. The jets are the first of 24 warplanes that Egypt bought in a $5.6 billion deal earlier this year. The Rafale deal is a significant achievement for the Egyptian air force because of its radar, reliability and black Shahin missiles.

Jul 21, 2015

The on-and-off fighting in Ukraine’s Donbas region since the Minsk deal was signed in February has made one thing clear: If Russia is serious about seeking a solution to the conflict, it should be prepared to endorse the deployment of an international peacekeeping mission and force. This, according to Carl Bilt, a former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, in an opinion piece in The Globe and Mail.

Jul 21, 2015

The federal government has awarded Mack Defense two contracts totalling CAD725 million (USD559 million) to deliver more than 1,500 8x8 trucks for the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Standard Military Pattern (SMP) programme.

Jul 21, 2015

One of the country’s top military companies wants to convince the Canadian Army that putting smartphones on the battlefield is the way of the future.

Jul 20, 2015

Given the recent rise of international terrorism and insurgencies across the globe, the need for militaries and armed forces worldwide to invest in modern defence equipment has never been greater, and Turkey is looking for co-production and technology transfer agreements with international partners to reach its target of $25 billion in defence exports by 2023.

Jul 20, 2015

Britain must accept that “sooner or later” ground troops and tanks will have to be sent into combat to overcome Isil, a former chief of the Armed Forces has said.

Jul 20, 2015

Fifteen members of the Canadian Armed Forces are participating in Exercise SABER GUARDIAN / RAPID TRIDENT 15, a multinational exercise at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Yavoriv, Ukraine, from July 17 to 31, 2015.

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