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Mar 17, 2016

Canada would need to hear a number of things from its allies — notably a long-term strategy — before deciding to commit troops to an Italian-led training mission in Libya to counter the advance of Islamic extremists, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.

Mar 17, 2016

The boss of Canada's largest shipyard says a $36-billion national shipbuilding plan is becoming an "international embarrassment" with a "bizarre" costing regime and "exorbitant" prices, despite producing no ships to date.

Mar 17, 2016

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion vows to tighten rules on arms sales to countries with shaky human-rights records, promising a more rigorous export regime than the one that allowed a $15-billion sale of weaponized vehicles to Saudi Arabia under the previous government.

Mar 17, 2016

Justin Trudeau says Canada’s ability to conduct business around the world would have been jeopardized if his Liberal government had cancelled a $15-billion arms contract with Saudi Arabia signed by the previous Conservative regime.

Mar 17, 2016

The federal government spent millions of dollars renovating buildings at several military bases in case they were needed to house Syrian refugees, but none of the newcomers have had to use the facilities.

Mar 16, 2016

Retired Sea King helicopters being sold off by the UK Ministry of Defence are being snapped up to make unique outbuildings, garden sheds or “man caves”.

Mar 16, 2016

Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, announced this week the signing of two new contracts valued at more than $65.4 million with Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) Non-Combat package.

Mar 16, 2016

National Defence launched a full-scale review of security at its installations, including recruiting centres, following the terror attacks of October 2014 — an assessment that officials said Tuesday is still ongoing.

Mar 15, 2016

The Canadian Armed Forces is keeping a lid on spending plans for counter-terrorism in a report to Parliament, and has withheld not just the amount but also details on human resources involved in the program.

Mar 15, 2016

The RCMP spent more than $900,000 in overtime pay over the course of a five-month undercover operation that led to the arrests of two terrorism suspects in British Columbia.

Mar 15, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations in New York City on Wednesday where he will announce the date Canada plans to run for a seat on the Security Council, sources tell CBC News.

Mar 15, 2016

Toronto police are weighing a possible link to terrorism after a knife-wielding attacker injured two Canadian Forces members at an uptown recruitment centre.

Mar 15, 2016

Canadian Brigadier-General David Anderson is to command a coalition team — including as many as 12 other Canadians — that is to work with Iraq’s security ministries in Baghdad as they prepare battle plans for the long-anticipated offensive to drive ISIL out of Mosul and northwestern Iraq.

Mar 14, 2016

Judging from recent critiques of Justin Trudeau’s still-acclimating new government, you might guess that the fresh crop of Liberals running the show might be a bit rattled. But you’d be incorrect in that assumption – Michael Den Tandt

Mar 14, 2016

Russia’s military is looking for a few good dolphins to join its navy. That’s according to a defence ministry tender that was published online last week and that offered about US$24,000 to a broker that could supply three male and two female bottlenose dolphins for the service of the Russian state.

Mar 14, 2016

Canada’s top guns are in need of some top guns to fight against. The Canadian government plans to award by December a contract, estimated to be worth as much as $1.5 billion, to a fleet of fighter jets to go toe-to-toe with the military’s CF-18s.

Mar 14, 2016

A major independent study of federal government contract pricing and policies has warned that the current system provides “perverse incentives” for industry doing business with Ottawa to hike their costs, particularly in military equipment deals.

Mar 14, 2016

An openly gay former navy officer will appear before the Federal Court of Appeal this week, alleging he was denied support, harassed, called a "faggot" and compelled to quit the Canadian Forces, all because of his sexual orientation.

Mar 14, 2016

The chief executives of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co., who are vying to replace Canada’s aging fleet of fighter jets, both made the guest list for the White House’s State Dinner on Thursday in honor of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Mar 14, 2016

Canadian aid agencies have met several times with International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau since the Liberals took power so when they received an invite to sit down with her last week in Ottawa, it wasn't unusual. Notable, though, was who else was there: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.

Mar 14, 2016

The armed forces is embarking on an aggressive, decade-long hiring spree to boost the number of women in the ranks to finally meet its goal of having women make up 25 per cent of its personnel.

Mar 14, 2016

The federal government is fond of boasting about how its controls on weapons exports are among the strongest in the world, but Canadians are left largely in the dark over precisely what military and security equipment is being shipped to foreign customers – including those with poor human-rights records.

Mar 14, 2016

The government of Saudi Arabia is speaking out for the first time about the controversy surrounding a $15-billion arms deal with Canada, saying it will not accept outside criticism of its human rights record and pointing out that Riyadh could have easily purchased the armoured combat vehicles elsewhere.

Mar 11, 2016

Approximately 300 Canadian Army Reservists from 31 Canadian Brigade Group will practice their combat skills at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center and Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, as part of Exercise ARROWHEAD LIGHTNING from March 12 to 19, 2016.

Mar 11, 2016

The White House has released a fact sheet outlining the relationship between Canada and the United States, including details about shared defence and national security. Here is the full text of that fact sheet.

Mar 11, 2016

The U.S. deputy secretary of defence says he'd like the Canadian government to make up its mind, one way or the other, whether it will replace its aging CF-18 fleet with Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jets.

Mar 11, 2016

One of the leading contenders to replace Canada's aging fleet of fighter jets says it believes the Trudeau government's emphasis on North American air defence will stand it in good stead once the competition is launched.

Mar 11, 2016

An unsolicited bid — potentially worth up to $1 billion — to provide icebreakers and multi-purpose ships for the coast guard was submitted to the Trudeau government late last month, The Canadian Press has learned.

Mar 10, 2016

The Department of National Defence is investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct involving two Canadian Forces members stationed in Petawawa.

Mar 10, 2016

The one-year extension of Canada’s military mission in Iraq with double the number of special operations soldiers and other new troop and air force elements will bring the cost of the operation over two years to $628-million by the expiry of the new mission in March 2017.

Mar 10, 2016

About 150 members of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, based at Valcartier, Quebec, have commenced training with the French Army in three different exercises to share their knowledge and skill.

Mar 09, 2016

Britain could become increasingly vulnerable to attack from an array of novel threats including “swarm attacks”, genetic weapons, cyber-attacks and new pathogens as hostile powers and extremist groups obtain more lethal weapons, a study by a UK Ministry of Defence think tank warns.

Mar 09, 2016

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy and soon-to-be Vice chief of the Defence Staff, recently sat down with Embassy to discuss the defence review and procurement, among other issues. 

Mar 09, 2016

Canada's military is unable to track whether weapons recorded in public accounts as "lost" are actually missing, or were removed from inventory for some other reason.

Mar 09, 2016

One of Canada's new CH-148 Cyclone helicopters had to be winched off a ship during testing last year after a small piece tore off while it was being parked, an unexpected problem that sent engineers back to the drawing board.

Mar 09, 2016

Canadian soldiers are authorized to shoot first in Iraq as soon as they detect “hostile intent” from Islamic State fighters, MPs were told Tuesday as the House of Commons approved the Trudeau government’s enlarged and more dangerous ground deployment there.

Mar 09, 2016

The upcoming federal budget is not expected to commit to a broad increase in military spending, say several defence sources. In fact, newly tabled fiscal planning documents suggest overall spending on the military could shrink by almost $400 million in the coming year.

Mar 08, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan today made a statement, on the occasion of International Women's Day, to honour the outstanding service of women in the Canadian Armed Forces and at the Department of National Defence.

Mar 08, 2016

The Australian government has announced that Adelaide, in South Australia, will be home to the new multi-million-dollar headquarters for Australia's Centre for Defence Industry Capability, creating jobs and growth in the industry.

Mar 08, 2016

Canada's top soldier says the Canadian Forces need new drones. And General Jonathan Vance, the chief of the defence staff, wants those drones to be armed.

Mar 08, 2016

Canada’s top general says the Canadian Armed Forces will be training and equipping a battalion of Kurdish special forces as part of its efforts to fight the Islamic State.

Mar 08, 2016

Within days, Defence Minister Sajjan will launch public consultations on the new defence review. But, says the National Post's John Ivison, the degree of haste suggests there won’t be much weight placed in those consultations because the Liberals already have a pretty good idea what they want.

Mar 07, 2016

"The time of waving the refugees through is over,” said a source close to Germany's Interior Minister. Leaked information indicates Germany is drawing up plans to reinstate its national controls in an attempt to persuade other EU leaders to do more to solve the migrant crisis. 

Mar 07, 2016

Soldiers from 5th Canadian Division’s Arctic Response Company Group deployed over the weekend to Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, to hone their skills in winter survival and enhance their combat skills in an extreme cold weather environment on Exercise STALWART GOOSE.

Mar 07, 2016

The CAF has officially marked the transitioning of the Air Task Force-Iraq mission during a parade in Kuwait. Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, RCAF Commander, presided over the parade, which commemorated the contributions of all CAF members who have deployed to conduct and support air operations since the beginning of Operation IMPACT.

Mar 07, 2016

Canadian firms will be able to provide windows, furniture, radios and doors for the country’s new multibillion-dollar warships, but much of the promised high-tech work is missing from areas in which the federal government figures domestic industry can contribute.

Mar 07, 2016

The Trudeau government is considering whether to shelve plans for a national Afghanistan war memorial, as it rolls back the previous Conservative government’s attempts to imbue Canada’s national identity with a healthy dose of militarism.

Mar 15, 2016

Intercepted recruiting attempt shows how ISIL recruiters have been prowling social media, trying to goad citizens of Western countries into committing acts of terrorism close to home.

Mar 04, 2016

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his country to be ready to use its nuclear weapons at any time and the military to be in "pre-emptive attack" mode in the face of growing threats from its enemies, state media said on Friday.

Mar 04, 2016

China said Friday it will boost defence spending by about 7 to 8 per cent in 2016, the smallest increase in six years, reflecting slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy and a drawdown of 300,000 troops as Beijing seeks to build a more streamlined, modern military.

Mar 04, 2016

A high-profile UK Royal Marine unit has been re-equipped with the Colt Canada C8 carbine to enhance its ability to protect the Royal Navy's nuclear deterrent submarine base and nuclear weapon convoys.

Mar 04, 2016

Investigators are assessing the damage and determining the cause of a fire on board HMCS Ville de Quebec that started in one of its generators as the crew was doing system tests on the vessel in Halifax.

Mar 04, 2016

A federal project to build a flagship data centre at a Canadian Forces base has been dealt a blow after civilian planners suddenly realized there was a top-secret military communications post getting in the way.

Mar 03, 2016

The Army’s efforts to integrate operational cyberspace capabilities into its tactical units took another big step forward during a recent training rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

Mar 03, 2016

The Liberal government recently released the figures showing which areas were hit by Conservative government cost-cutting in 2012. The figures show that $1.19 billion in defence spending was cut that year. Overall, the Conservatives cut $2.1 billion from the military funding envelope.

Mar 03, 2016

Vladimir Putin is purposefully creating a refugee crisis in order to “overwhelm” and “break” Europe, NATO’s military commander in Europe warned yesterday.

Mar 02, 2016

Just how strong is Kim Jong Un's army? Here's a look, based on what AP reporters and photographers have seen on the ground and the latest report to the U.S. Congress by the Office of the Secretary of Defence.

Mar 01, 2016

Brigadier-General Stéphane Lafaut, Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East), yesterday presented the third clasp to the Canadian Forces’ Decoration to eight Canadian Rangers from Nunavik, each of whom have 42 years of dedicated service.

Mar 01, 2016

A new poll suggests that only one-fifth of Canadians think the federal government should stick by the controversial, $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia — and it's an issue that cuts across party lines.

Feb 29, 2016

The Barrett .50 caliber rifle is now the official state rifle of Tennessee. Originally designed for military use, its rounds can “penetrate light armor, down helicopters, destroy commercial aircraft, and blast through rail cars,” according to a report from the Violence Policy Center, a gun safety group.

Feb 29, 2016

Former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler, a leading international champion of human rights, says he believes the Canadian government should reconsider its controversial $15-billion deal to sell combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

Feb 29, 2016

The Trudeau government is quietly shopping for drones for the military and expects to see expressions of interest from the defence industry by mid-April. But the tire-kicking exercise is setting the stage for a potentially bruising policy debate over whether the remotely controlled aircraft should be armed and under what circumstances they would employ deadly force.

Feb 28, 2016

Syria’s hard-won truce began to fray Sunday, with Russian warplanes resuming airstrikes on towns and villages in the north and fresh reports of artillery fire across several front lines.

Feb 26, 2016

"Multinational Force and Observers and the Sinai province of the Islamic State," is the topic of an upcoming (Chatham House Rule) roundtable discussion with MGen Denis Thompson, being hosted by the CDA Institute on 2 March 2016.

Feb 26, 2016

Four of Canada’s six fighter jets recently pulled from the bombing mission against ISIS are heading to Romania as part of a new mission to train that country’s airforce.

Feb 26, 2016

A House of Commons vote on the Liberal government’s decision to pull Canadian fighter planes out of air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria while tripling the number of Canadian soldiers near front lines with Iraqi security forces is set to be held on Tuesday, March 8, according to a schedule all sides agreed to this week.

Feb 26, 2016

An attempt to make Canada’s largest veterans organization reveal details about its executives’ salaries and travel has been shot down by its senior leadership. Some of the organization’s long-time members are questioning the accountability in the upper levels of its leadership.

Feb 25, 2016

Australia's defence budgets and capabilities seem set to surge in coming years, with the focus placed squarely on maritime activities in a long-awaited Defence White Paper that calls on China to provide "reassurance to its neighbours by being more transparent about its defence policies".

Feb 25, 2016

The European Parliament called on the European Union to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, saying Britain, France and other EU governments should no longer sell weapons to a country accused of targeting civilians in Yemen.

Veterans Ombudsman remarks to Senate Committee
Feb 25, 2016

Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs. He gave an overview of the work and challenges of the Office, and provided an assessment of the issues facing the organization. A full transcript (french and english) is provided here.

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