IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Jan 04, 2016

A former U.S. defence secretary is on a mission to warn of a "real and growing danger" of nuclear doom, troubled by the risks of catastrophe from the very weapons he helped develop.

Jan 04, 2016

CAE Inc. could gain from an increase in global military spending as the threat of terrorism looms larger and some forecasters expect the United States to start committing more money to its armed forces after five years of cuts.

Dec 18, 2015

The last Canadian Armed Forces assets assigned to OP CARIBBE in 2015, HMC Ships Brandon and Whitehorse arrived home yesterday, concluding a very successful year as part of Canadian joint operational deployments.

Dec 18, 2015

The Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, issued a statement yesterday about Canadian Special Operations Forces assistance to Kurdish Security Forces in response to a coordinated attack by ISIL forces in Northern Iraq.

Dec 15, 2015

Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic, today issued condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Leading Seaman Benoit Bilodeau, who was discovered deceased in Halifax yesterday.

Dec 09, 2015

The Spanish Navy will deploy two auxiliary oiler and replenishment (AOR) vessels in 2016 to "cover the Canadian Navy's temporary need for logistic support vessels in the North Atlantic," military sources told Defense News.

Dec 09, 2015

Seven Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel begin Operation ARTEMIS this week as part of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) in Bahrain.

Dec 09, 2015

Her Majesty's Canadian Ships (HMC Ships) Brandon and Whitehorse recently concluded their participation in Operation CARIBBE 2015 with a substantial contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Dec 07, 2015

The Canadian Army has launched a strategy aimed at increasing the readiness and resiliency of soldiers and their families. The Army recognizes the significant demands military life places on the entire Army team and aims to support its people in improving their individual and collective performance.

Dec 01, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan yesterday wrapped up a successful visit to Kuwait where he met with Canadian Armed Forces personnel currently deployed in the region as part of Canada’s contribution to the multinational Coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Nov 30, 2015

Seaspan released a statement in response to the Government of Canada’s decision to award the interim Auxiliary Oil Replenishment (AOR) sole-source contract to Davie Shipyard.

Nov 27, 2015

Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, and Brigadier General H.C.MacKay, Surgeon General, attended the 6th annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum presented by the Canadian Institute of Military and Veterans Health Research (CIMVHR) in Québec.

Nov 21, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced this week that Canadian Major-General Denis Thompson will continue to serve as Force Commander for the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) for an additional year, until March 2017. He assumed command of the MFO in March 2014.

Nov 21, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan yesterday launched the annual Halifax International Security Forum by underscoring the timely importance of bringing together key defence leaders to discuss a number of pressing global security issues.

Nov 18, 2015

The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries is asking its members to volunteer for its new operating committees.

Nov 17, 2015

Brigadier-General James Irvine assumed command of Joint Task Force-Iraq (JTF-I) from Brigadier-General Lise Bourgon yesterday as part of a regular, previously planned rotation for Operation IMPACT.

Nov 11, 2015

Students at Canadian Universities have responded in record numbers to the 2016 Unmanned Systems Canada Student UAS Competition. A total of 18 teams from across Canada have registered for the event. 

Nov 11, 2015

Canada’s top soldier says a timeline has not yet been set for the promised withdrawal of Canadian troops from the bombing mission against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Nov 11, 2015

The Minister of National Defence, the Chief of the Defence Staff, and the Chief Warrant Officer today issued statements on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2015.

Nov 11, 2015

The Minister of National Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff yesterday issued statements regarding the 2015 Surgeon General Report on Suicide Mortality in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Nov 09, 2015

Over the next three months, Canada’s Cold War Museum will host an art exhibit titled "Group 6: The Canadian Forces Artists Program 2012-2013", which opened yesterday in the Bank of Canada Vault.

Nov 06, 2015

Today, 1,650 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen, and Special Operations Forces personnel, in Portugal, Spain, Italy, and at sea, completed the live exercise portion of JOINTEX 15.

Nov 04, 2015

Harjit Sajjan, Liberal MP for the British Columbia riding of Vancouver South, was today named Minister of National Defence in the new Trudeau government.

Nov 04, 2015

Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent will present today the 2015 Veterans Ombudsman Commendation to Lieutenant-General the Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Ret'd) and Captain Raimo (Ray) Kokkonen (Ret’d) for their exceptional contribution to the well-being of Veterans and their families.

Oct 21, 2015

The Government of Canada will hold a ceremony at the National War Memorial on October 22, 2015, at 11 a.m., to commemorate the assault on Parliament Hill one year ago. The event will also honour the sacrifices of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, and the bravery of the first responders.

Oct 19, 2015

The President of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has signed a cooperation agreement with Hervé Guillou, Chairman and CEO of DCNS, that aims to foster the development of a Research and Development centre in Saudi Arabia dedicated to the naval and maritime domain.

Oct 15, 2015

Student groups across Canada are urging candidates to address Canada’s flagging space sector. Eleven student organizations, from British Columbia to Quebec, have endorsed a call to action by the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space in Canada (SEDS-CAN) that explains how Canada’s space sector is dismally unable to meet the needs of Canadian students.

Aug 12, 2015

Hundreds of military personnel and embassy staff could be at risk after Islamic State (ISIS) leaked what is believed to be their names, email addresses and passwords online.

Aug 05, 2015

Israeli authorities kicked off a promised crackdown on Jewish extremists following last week’s deadly arson attack on a Palestinian family, arresting a high-profile activist accused of leading a new movement of defiant settler youths who embrace violence and reject the rule of law in the name of the purity of the Holy Land.

Oct 02, 2015

The answer is pretty straightforward: there are two basic building blocks of war: weapons and will. The U.S. can spend billions arming and training friendly forces, but if they lack the will to fight, no arsenal is going to save them in the long run, says an article in Time magazine.

Oct 02, 2015

Eleven people have been killed in a crash of a US military transport aircraft at an airport in eastern Afghanistan, a US military spokesman has said.

Oct 02, 2015

The US Department of Defence (DoD) has responded to the recent approval of Lockheed Martin's USD9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky by the US Justice Department, warning that it is not in favour of large scale acquisitions amongst prime contractors.

Oct 02, 2015

Now that Russian warplanes are flying bombing missions over Syria, Pentagon officials and their Russian counterparts have opened the lines of communication that had been shut down for the last 18 months.

Oct 02, 2015

Fewer Canadian bombs have been falling on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant since the federal election call on Aug. 2, new National Defence statistics show.

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.

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