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IN THE NEWS

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.

Aug 25, 2015

Orders for defence products from Turkish companies totalled more than USD11 billion for 2014, the Defence Industry Manufacturers Association told a state-run news agency on 21 August. The orders, for both the domestic and export markets, have grown 21% annually for the past five years, according to the Anadolu Agency, which published the figure.

Aug 26, 2015

The Pentagon will deploy the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor combat aircraft to Europe as part of the "European Reassurance Initiative" that seeks to assuage US allies' concerns about Russian activity in the Ukraine, the US Air Force's (USAF's) senior civilian leader said during a 24 August Pentagon briefing.

Aug 26, 2015

The US Air Force could soon have a new air-delivered tool in its arsenal for destroying chemical and biological weapons – a Hammer, fittingly, or Heated And Mobile Munitions Employing Rockets.

Aug 25, 2015

Ukraine's president vowed to increase troop numbers to fend off attacks by Russia-backed separatist rebels and warned his countrymen that there is still the threat of a "large-scale invasion," in an impassioned speech to mark Independence Day on Monday.

Aug 25, 2015

South Korea has agreed to halt propaganda broadcasts at noon Tuesday after North Korea expressed regret over a recent land mine blast that maimed two South Korean troops, the countries announced after three days of intense talks aimed at pulling the rivals back from the brink of war.

Aug 25, 2015

Given the stark divergence between the Conservatives and the New Democrats,  it would be rather strange to expect the New Democrats to propose higher military spending than the Conservatives. But don’t be dumbfounded if it happens, says Lawrence Martin in The Globe and Mail.

Aug 24, 2015

The case of a former civilian defence employee, left as a paraplegic by a horrific military transport crash in the Arctic, has been dismissed by a Federal Court judge. Bob Thomson, whose 1991 ordeal was made into a movie over 20 years ago, had pleaded with Veterans Affairs and its appeal body to be treated on par with those in uniform.

Aug 24, 2015

Canadian Armed Forces personnel are in Inuvik, Fort Smith and a number of other Northwest Territories communities for an annual exercise known as Operation Nanook. Exercises are expected to be complete by the end of August.

Aug 24, 2015

The hack of Ashley Madison, a website designed to help users have an affair, by a group called "Impact Team" lead to the discovery of up to 15,000 accounts which registered using a US military email address, such as us.army.mil.

Aug 24, 2015

Australia is considering a U.S. request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria in an unprecedented departure from Australian foreign policy that could spark political division at home.

Aug 24, 2015

South Korea's president on Monday vowed a hard line and signaled Seoul's mounting frustration as marathon negotiations by senior officials from the rival Koreas stretched into a third day.

Aug 24, 2015

Cyclists at a major racing event in Norway got the surprise of a lifetime when they passed through a military base and found themselves joined by a tank. A battalion commander at the Setermoen military camp told The Local he wanted to give a "special welcome" to the cyclists of the Arctic Race of Norway when they passed through the area.

Aug 24, 2015

Shocking eyewitness footage has emerged of a series of explosions that struck a US military storage building at Sagamihara City in north-central Kanagawa, Japan. Emergency services rushed to contain the burning unit on Sunday as helicopters circled overhead, and ten fire engines attempted to extinguish the blaze.

Aug 24, 2015

The Chilean Navy supply ship, the Almirante Montt, is the newest recruit, albeit a temporary one, for Canada’s navy. Since early July, it has been going out to sea on refuelling and resupply missions for Canadian warships.

Aug 24, 2015

British police say the death toll from an airshow crash is “highly likely” to increase to 11 people after a Hawker Hunter single-seater fighter jet slammed into a busy main road while participating in the Shoreham Airshow near Brighton in southern England.

Aug 22, 2015

The Department of National Defence has loosened its information blackout during the election period, now acknowledging that releasing some details of military exercises won’t undermine the democratic process.

Aug 22, 2015

The B-52 Stratofortress isn't the only seemly geriatric weapon system still active in the U/S. military. Here are some of the oldest weapons still in service.

Aug 22, 2015

Military pressure on Ukraine from Russia and the separatists that Moscow supports is likely to last decades and future generations will have to undergo military training, President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday.

Aug 22, 2015

Sweden will increase its military cooperation with the United States, according to Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist. In an interview published on Saturday, he said the reason was Russian actions which had unsettled the security situation in Europe.

Aug 22, 2015

North and South Korea sat down to urgent top-level talks Saturday, seeking some way out of an escalating crisis that has pushed both their militaries to the brink of an armed conflict.

Aug 22, 2015

Ottawa Citizen reporter David Pugliese reports on an increasing concern among some in the United States and Europe about the possibility that the standoff in eastern Europe between Russia and the West could somehow end in war.

Aug 22, 2015

The No. 2 leader of the Islamic State militant group was killed in a U.S. military airstrike in Iraq earlier this week, the White House said Friday. Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was traveling in a vehicle near Mosul, in northern Iraq, when he was killed Tuesday.

Aug 21, 2015

North Korea on Friday declared a "quasi-state of war in frontline areas" facing the rival South and said it was ready for military operations after tensions jumped a day earlier with shells fired across the world's most heavily armed border.

Aug 21, 2015

Airbus Helicopters is working on a new version of its Tiger attack helicopter, dubbed the Tiger Mk3. The work is being conducted under an 'architecture study' commissioned by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) on 31 July.

Aug 21, 2015

A new US Air Force (USAF) strategy document has suggested the development of a future close-air support (CAS) platform. Released on 10 August by the US Air Combat Command (ACC), the 2015 strategy said the service plans to "explore opportunities" for development of a new CAS capability.

Aug 21, 2015

The U.S. military has launched the second of two helium-filled airships near Baltimore to test an East Coast missile defense system. The confirmed launch Wednesday at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground completes the aeronautical part of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS.

Aug 21, 2015

Recognition for our contributions and participation in NATO over the past 66 years is overdue, says Tim Dunne in The Chronicle Herald. We have been punching above our weight pretty much since the beginning, when Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent first proposed a “single mutual defence system.”

Aug 20, 2015

George Petrolekas writes in The Globe and Mail: Normally, in Canadian elections, defence is an afterthought. In the past decade, defence featured because of our engagement in Afghanistan. This time, defence may form, in part, the path to power.

Aug 20, 2015

Over 600 federal government email addresses appear on a list of people who subscribed to the Canadian-owned Web site Ashley Madison, which caters to married people hoping to have an affair. A total of 163 subscribers appeared to have used the @forces.gc.ca domain assigned to the military.

Aug 20, 2015

South Korea fired dozens of shells Thursday at rival North Korea after the North lobbed a single rocket at a South Korean town near the world’s most heavily armed border, the South’s Defence Ministry said.

Aug 19, 2015

Russia is moving air defense systems modified for the harsh Arctic environment to key areas near its borders with Norway and the US, the US Army's Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) notes in its August 2015 report.

Aug 19, 2015

The navy's urgent need for a supply ship recently prompted the Harper government to quietly change regulations governing sole-source military purchases, but it also put a future government on the hook if an arrangement with a Quebec shipyard falls through.

Aug 18, 2015

At least $9 billion of taxpayers' money will be wasted by Australia's sprawling Defence Department in the next four years because of a lack of technical know-how, according to unions. A "skills crisis" in the ADF and Defence Department is eroding the nation's ability to defend itself and risking the lives of sailors, soldiers and Air Force personnel, according to the technical union Professionals Australia.

Aug 18, 2015

Children from military families were more likely than their nonmilitary peers to report potentially harmful situations or behaviors such as experiencing violence and harassment at school, experimenting with alcohol or drugs and carrying a weapon on school grounds, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Aug 18, 2015

Faced with escalating aggression from Russia and China, the Pentagon is planning to increase its use of drones by about 50 per cent over the next several years.

Aug 18, 2015

Two female soldiers will graduate from the Army’s legendary Ranger School this week, the first women to complete the course since it was opened to them on an experimental basis this year, the U.S. Army said Monday evening.

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