IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Jan 21, 2016

In an open letter to the Minister of National Defence, two high profile members of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute discuss the mandate of an “open and transparent process to review existing defence capabilities” and call for priority to be given to such a process. A critical review will pave the way for a “leaner, more agile, better-equipped military”, which the Liberal government committed to in its Speech from the Throne.

Jan 21, 2016

Exercise RAFALE BLANCHE 2016, which began this week and will end on February 19, 2016, will be held in the Valcartier training areas and in the municipalities of Nicolet and Bécancour with the participation of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG) units based in Valcartier.

Jan 21, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan paid his first visit to the North American Aerospace Defense Command Headquarters (NORAD) at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado today.

Jan 21, 2016

Canada's foreign ministry is closely monitoring all of the country's military exports, but won't revisit the controversial decision to allow the sale of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, The Canadian Press has learned.

Jan 21, 2016

Russian warplanes were taking off one after another with roaring thunder on Wednesday from their base on Syria’s coast, which was bustling with activity as Moscow pressed its air blitz days before scheduled peace talks.

Jan 20, 2016

Senior officials in the Canadian Armed Forces say reservists are waiting too long to receive their first pension cheques because the human resources computers and processes at National Defence are outdated and the department has been understaffed.

Jan 20, 2016

Canada again finds itself on the outside looking in when it comes to a gathering of countries fighting militants in the Middle East, something the new defence minister is trying to shrug off in the face of opposition criticism.

Jan 20, 2016

Canada’s arms exports shot up while Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government was in office, fuelled by higher sales to countries like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Mexico and Austria, an analysis by iPolitics has found.

Jan 20, 2016

That the Liberal government still hasn’t found a face-saving way to fix the blunder of not supporting missions against ISIL is now Canada’s disgrace.

Jan 19, 2016

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, has announced the initial list of Canadian Armed Forces General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions and retirements that will occur in 2016.

Jan 20, 2016

Canada has not been invited to an anti-ISIS coalition meeting this week in Paris, CBC News has learned. Defence ministers from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Australia and the Netherlands will join U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter on Wednesday to discuss the future of the fight against the extremist group.

Jan 19, 2016

Canada's Veterans Affairs Department has yet to act on an unflattering independent report that concluded nearly a year ago it has all the tools necessary to significantly improve the lives of soldiers as they return to civilian life.

Jan 19, 2016

Federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains says he hopes Iran’s growing appetite to purchase hundreds of civilian aircraft on the world market translates into an opportunity for Canadian aerospace, but the Trudeau government hasn’t said when or how Ottawa might roll back economic sanctions on Tehran to make this possible.

Jan 19, 2016

Some of the smaller ships that could be supplied in future to the Canadian Forces won’t have to be built in Canada, the federal government has confirmed.

Jan 19, 2016

Two Chinese government soldiers were part of a hacking conspiracy allegedly carried out by a Chinese resident of Canada to steal secrets relating to components of F-35s and other American warplanes, according to court-filed documents.

Jan 18, 2016

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has reached an agreement with Pratt & Whitney, the engine manufacturer for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, for the next batch of engines that power the stealthy combat aircraft.

Jan 18, 2016

The murderous rampage by al-Qaeda-linked militants in Burkina Faso demonstrates the ease with which terror can be spread in disparate parts of the world and Canada’s Foreign Minister says the international community must unite in its determination to stop it.

Jan 17, 2016

LCol Tim Arsenault has assumed command of Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U) from LCol Jason Guiney during a ceremony which took place at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine, as part of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine.

Jan 15, 2016

Authorities and analysts believe the violence that left Jakarta, a city of 10 million people, on edge for hours was a loud announcement of the Islamic State group’s presence in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.

Jan 15, 2016

The Canadian military has been asked on three occasions since 2012 to provide a light armoured vehicle and crew in order to help the Canadian manufacturer market its wares to two of Saudi Arabia's Persian Gulf neighbours.

Jan 14, 2016

Some observers of the contract to provide Fixed-wing Search and Rescue planes were surprised to learn that Lockheed Martin has bowed out of the competition.

Jan 14, 2016

Iran freed ten U.S. sailors on Wednesday a day after detaining them aboard two U.S. Navy patrol boats in the Gulf, bringing a swift end to an incident that had rattled nerves shortly before the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord.

Jan 14, 2016

Canadian Armed Forces command has signaled a robust new posture on continued air strikes against Islamic State soldiers and installations in Iraq, saying the attacks are part of coalition efforts to set conditions that will allow Iraqi security forces to “conduct the ground offensive and take the fight directly to ISIL.”

Jan 14, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the government is looking at ways to increase Canadian intelligence capabilities in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS.

Jan 14, 2016

A prominent former Liberal foreign minister is calling on Justin Trudeau’s government to review a controversial $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, saying he doesn’t think Canada should be deepening relations with a Mideast country notorious for human rights abuses.

Jan 13, 2016

Seventeen serving military members took their lives last year, including six who had taken part in the Afghanistan war – raising the number of soldiers and veterans who have died by suicide after returning from the mission to 62.

Jan 13, 2016

Some of Canada’s allies are growing increasingly skittish about selling arms to Saudi Arabia – and have been blocking weapons sales to Riyadh or publicly investigating whether these deals are appropriate with a country notorious for human-rights abuses.

Jan 13, 2016

CBC’s James Cudmore, who covered the defence beat, announced on Twitter Tuesday morning he was starting work in the Minister's office. As well, Jordan Owens announced on Twitter she will be returning to Parliament Hill in Sajjan’s office this coming Monday.

Jan 13, 2016

Harjit Sajjan said his department is looking at the procurement of military equipment, the size of the Canadian Forces and the theatres where they operate.

Jan 12, 2016

Airbus Defence and Space is partnering with Newfoundland-based Provincial Aerospace Ltd. as part of its bid to secure the $3.1-billion fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft replacement project.

Jan 12, 2016

The Royal Canadian Navy is looking at getting rid of its own tugboats to save money. It has invited companies to submit their "business case" to provide tug services at HMC Dockyard in Halifax and CFB Esquimalt in British Columbia.

Jan 12, 2016

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion says he doesn't want to risk the safety of sources who give the government sensitive information on human rights conditions in their countries.

Jan 12, 2016

According to David Lyon, a Halifax audiologist who has worked with military members for the past 30 years, ear damage caused by sound exposure is the most common service-related disability for Forces members.

Jan 12, 2016

Despite heated debate and a contentious vote in the House of Commons over the Conservative government's decision to extend the anti-ISIS bombing mission into Syria last March, Canada's six CF-18s in the Middle East have conducted a tiny fraction of their airstrikes in that embattled country.

Jan 12, 2016

The Liberal government is looking at several “creative” options to bolster the financial viability of aerospace giant Bombardier Inc., with a decision expected before the end of March, federal officials say.

Jan 12, 2016

The Liberal government is facing increasing pressure to make public the most important deliberations on Canada’s $15-billion sale of combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia: precisely how the transaction is justified under this country’s strict weapons export control regime.

Jan 11, 2016

Throughout January, the first group of approximately 200 Canadian Army soldiers from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, based in Valcartier, Quebec, will be deploying to Ukraine for Operation UNIFIER.

Jan 11, 2016

A 30GB hard drive found at a recycling depot that a Halifax man says contains personal information including the names and numbers of defence personnel has been taken by the military.

Jan 11, 2016

Canada plans to kick-start a long-stalled international effort aimed at ridding the world of the key ingredients needed for nuclear weapons, The Canadian Press has learned.

Jan 11, 2016

The federal government will release a portion of its analysis on the human-rights situation in Saudi Arabia, while still refusing to publish details of a $15-billion contract to sell weaponized armoured vehicles to the country’s national guard.

Jan 11, 2016

The courageous thing would be for the Trudeau government to freeze this arms deal pending public commitments of redress from the Saudi government, then use the delay to quietly scour the globe for a more suitable buyer, says Michael Den Tandt in today's Ottawa Citizen.

Jan 11, 2016

The U.S. flew a B-52 long-range bomber over South Korea in a show of force after North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test.

Jan 11, 2016

A prominent member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is reaching out to Syrian refugees after a group of newly arrived migrants were pepper sprayed at a welcome event in Vancouver.

Jan 11, 2016

A DND plan to have the private sector play more of a role in maintaining the new ships and other equipment the military expects to purchase is plagued with problems, according to a report obtained by the Ottawa Citizen.

Jan 08, 2016

Canadian troops from Garrison Petawawa, and other military installations, who are in Ukraine on Operation Unifier should be back home by mid-January.

Jan 08, 2016

Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent, one of the former Conservative government’s appointees, says he has no plans to resign his position, despite a request from the Liberals to do so.

Jan 08, 2016

Canada’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia at the time privately labeled it the “home run” of trade deals with Middle East kingdom. The truth is that the $15-billion contract to sell Canadian-made armoured fighting vehicles to the Saudis was much more than that.

Jan 08, 2016

A sole-source deal involving naval shipbuilding contracts worth $26 billion was signed on behalf of the government of Canada by a single federal bureaucrat at the end of his tenure, after his successor had assumed her duties.

Jan 08, 2016

Relatively few members of Canada’s armed forces suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, suggests a surprising new study that comes amid continuing concern about the after-effects of the Afghanistan war.

Jan 07, 2016

After more than a decade of delays, aerospace firms will submit their bids next week to provide Canada’s air force with a new fleet of search-and-rescue planes.

Jan 07, 2016

Even though he’s been a civilian for more than two years, former warrant officer Wade Pear faces a court martial for allegedly mouthing a schoolyard taunt to a junior officer at an official dinner.

Jan 07, 2016

Canadian fighter bombers ramped up air strikes against ISIS fighting positions and other targets near the ISIS-held Iraqi city of Mosul last week, with more attacks on any single day since last June.

Jan 07, 2016

North Korea’s triumphal declaration that it detonated its first hydrogen bomb drew global condemnation and threats of new sanctions against the isolated nuclear power Wednesday. But it also raised skepticism from the White House and defence experts, who questioned Pyongyang’s claim to a new and vastly more destructive weapon.

Jan 07, 2016

The federal cabinet is reviewing options to bolster Canada’s role in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State that run the gamut from maintaining surveillance and refuelling aircraft to clandestine operations, military and government officials say.

Jan 07, 2016

Some of the armoured combat vehicles Canada is selling to Saudi Arabia in a controversial $15-billion arms deal will feature medium- or high-calibre weapons supplied by a European subcontractor – such as a powerful cannon designed to shoot anti-tank missiles.

Jan 06, 2016

Whatever the trajectory, priorities or intensity of our new government’s foreign policy, however the election of Oct. 19 is interpreted as a mandate for foreign policy change, no meaningful Canadian foreign policy can exist without a competent, well-resourced and multi-skilled armed forces.

Jan 06, 2016

Justin Trudeau’s government is facing calls to explain to Canadians how Ottawa’s $15-billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia is justified under export control rules that impose special restrictions on shipments to countries with poor human-rights records.

Jan 06, 2016

An alleged security breach at one of the Royal Canadian Navy's most sensitive security operations was the result of a lack of self-restraint, not malice, says the navy's commander on the Atlantic coast.

Jan 06, 2016

For what's believed to be the first time, the federal government has estimated how many of Canada's homeless are former soldiers — but the department that compiled the report warns the data is far from complete.

Jan 06, 2016

North Korea said Wednesday it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test, a defiant and surprising move that, if confirmed, would put Pyongyang a big step closer toward improving its still-limited nuclear arsenal.

Jan 06, 2016

On the campaign trail, Justin Trudeau vowed to lead Canadians to the Promised Land; in government he is discovering the best he may be able to do is to trudge toward it.

Jan 05, 2016

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Fredericton deployed today on Operation REASSURANCE to join Standing NATO Maritime Forces in the Mediterranean Sea as part of NATO’s assurance measures, promoting security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe.

Ian Brennan joins Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards
Jan 05, 2016

Seaspan has announced that Ian Brennan has joined Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) as Vice President, Supply Chain Management & Contracts to provide the strategic leadership and day-to-day oversight and direction of supply chain, warehousing and logistics, procurement, and contracts and subcontracts in support of new vessel construction.

Jan 05, 2016

Register today for the most anticipated annual Canadian Marine Technical conference, taking place in St John's Newfoundland on May 5 and 6, 2016. http://www.mari-tech.org/index.php/mari-tech-2016-2

Jan 05, 2016

Patrick Finn, ADM(Mat) for DND, recently defended the NSPS process. Former ADM(Mat), Alan Williams says this is not surprising, given that he helped construct the procurement strategy. What was unexpected was the ease with which he completely overlooked fundamental flaws.

Jan 05, 2016

Touted as a wonder drug for the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain, medical marijuana use is exploding among Canada’s battle-scarred, fully insured, veterans and companies are rushing into the untapped market.

Jan 05, 2016

A former CSIS senior intelligence officer is calling for the Defence Department to launch a security probe at CFB Halifax in light of a second security breach at the base.

Jan 05, 2016

The Canadian government is proceeding with a controversial $15-billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia even as it publicly condemns Riyadh for a mass execution of 47 people, including a dissident Shia Muslim cleric.

Jan 05, 2016

A report, to be released today by the Global Affairs Institute, says one of the reasons for delays in 2015 military procurement was the revolving door in the defence minister's office — and among the senior bureaucracy.

Jan 04, 2016

Canadian fighter jets taking part in the air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have had a busy start to 2016.

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