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IN THE NEWS

Jul 30, 2019

Two U.S. soldiers have been killed in an apparent insider attack in the Shawalikot district of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Details are sketchy but local police say they were shot by an Afghan soldier.

Jul 30, 2019

Japan has formally broached the idea of becoming a full partner in the F-35 rather than just being a customer for the Lockheed-Martin joint strike fighter. The notion has been outlined in a letter to the Pentagon from Atsuo Suzuki, director general of Japan's Bureau of Defense Buildup Planning.

Jul 30, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says President Donald Trump wants to reduce his country's military presence in Afghanistan before the next U.S. presidential election, set for Nov. 3, 2020. More than 20,000 NATO coalition troops train, assist and advise Afghan forces and carry out counter-terrorism operations.

Jul 29, 2019

Canadian Armed Forces personnel and equipment have been called into assist the RCMP is searching for two murder suspects believed to be hiding in northern Manitoba.

Jul 29, 2019

Russia has held its annual Navy Day show in St Petersburg, President Vladimir Putin's home city.

Jul 29, 2019

Beijing’s latest white paper on defence says there will be intense global competition as the major powers readjust security and military strategies to gain strategic advantage. It also says independent movements in Taiwan, Tibet and the northwestern border region of Xinjian are “threats to China’s national security and social stability.”

Jul 29, 2019

Arrow-3, the Israeli exo-atmospheric ballistic missile interceptor successfully intercepted three medium-range missile targets over the North Pacific. Three Medium-Range Ballistic Missile targets were intercepted in space minutes after the launch from Kodiak, Alaska, by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

Jul 29, 2019

The British Ministry of Defence says Europe can afford to develop two versions of so-called “sixth generation” fighters concurrently but that the countries involved are coordinating for “maximum interoperability.” Britain and Sweden have signed a feasibility memorandum of understanding on a new aircraft while France and Germany are jointly developing a potential alternative.

Jul 29, 2019

Mark Esper, an U.S. Army veteran and former lobbyist, has been sworn in as the 27th Secretary of Defense, filling a gap which has existed at the Pentagon since the resignation of James Mattis last December. Esper, who was confirmed by the Senate, was sworn in at the White House, where President Donald Trump predicted that “he’s going to be one of the great ones.”

Jul 29, 2019

Dan Coats, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence who has overseen the the country’s 17 intelligence agencies since March 2017, is stepping down in August. The decision was confirmed in a tweet by President Donald Trump, who said he would nominate Texas congressman John Ratcliffe as Coats’ successor. Coats and Trump have been at odds over several high-profile issues but the President said he expects Ratcliffe to “inspire greatness.”

Jul 27, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court has partly cleared the way for President Donald Trump’s administration to divert $2.5 billion from the Department of Defense budget for construction of sections of a wall along the border with Mexico. The ideologically-divided court’s 5-4 ruling overturned a lower court’s decision which had blocked the transfer pending other legal appeals.

Jul 26, 2019

In a 5-2 decision released today, the Supreme Court has ruled that Canada's military justice system does not contravene the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. There are no juries in the military courts martial system, only a judge and a military panel. The military prosecutor retains the discretion of the whether to push cases to the civilian justice system or not.

Jul 26, 2019

The military is acknowledged by the World Economic Forum as “still important when it comes to international relations” but the Switzerland-based organization says that despite growing signs of military preparations under way in some countries, there is every reason to believe that a major war is impossible. “Leading military powers are unwilling to use war as a method of solving differences between themselves” and the “field of rivalry” between smaller states is “gradually contracting.”

Jul 26, 2019

People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier says he would prefer to fence-off some sections of the border with the United States to block illegal refugees and that if he became Prime Minister he would declare the entire border an official port of entry “and send back to the U.S. anyone trying to enter illegally.”

Jul 26, 2019

Woody Johnson, the United States’ ambassador to the United Kingdom, is predicting that with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, bilateral relations with be “sensational” because Johnson and President Donald Trump have much in common. When he was Mayor of London, Johnson once called Trump “stupefyingly ignorant.”

Jul 26, 2019

European and international warrants have been issued by Austria for the arrest of a Russian military officer it says recruited an Austrian officer who allegedly spied for Russia since the 1990s. Police say Col. Igor Egorovich Zaytsev “is suspected of inducing a retired 70-year-old colonel of the Austrian army to carry out an intelligence operation to the detriment of Austria, to reveal state secrets and to deliberately give up military secrets."

Jul 26, 2019

North Korea says its latest launch of two missiles into the Sea of Japan was a "solemn warning" to "warmongers.” In the aftermath of a decision by South Korea and the United States to hold joint exercises next month, Leader Kim Jong-un said development of a new tactical guidance system was part of his country’s response to “potential and direct threats.”

Jul 24, 2019

Two former Canadian ambassadors to Beijing have been contacted by Global Affairs with a troubling message from the PMO to "speak with one voice to support the strategy of the government".

Jul 24, 2019

A judge has ruled that Canada’s chief electoral officer must reconsider the Oct. 21 date for the federal election because it coincides with the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret. Voting and campaigning are forbidden for Orthodox Jews on the holiday.

Jul 23, 2019

The federal government has announced the official request for proposals for Canada's 88 new fighter jets to replace the aging CF-18 fleet. The requests for proposals have been sent to the four suppliers in the running for the $19-billion competition: Saab Aeronautics, Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Jul 23, 2019

A total of 640 firearms were reported lost by police or public agencies between 2005 and 2019, another 173 were reported stolen from sources such as DND and RCMP.

Jul 23, 2019

South Korean air force jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots Tuesday after a Russian military plane twice violated South Korea's airspace off the country's east coast, Seoul officials said in an announcement that was quickly disputed by Russia.

Jul 23, 2019

President Donald Trump brought the leader of Pakistan to the White House on Monday to discuss a peace deal in neighboring Afghanistan, declaring he could end the longest U.S. war in a week but doesn’t want to wipe the country “off the face of the earth.”

Jul 22, 2019

Along with a move to its new location at the Canadian War Museum, the Canada Army Run is introducing new combined events plus three new routes for 2019 that will challenge participants while showcasing the beautiful scenery of the National Capital Region.

Jul 22, 2019

The federal government has awarded a $12 million contract to KPMG of Ottawa, to design and deliver a new industrial security system to replace the electronic systems used for the Contract Security Program and the Controlled Goods Program with a single self-service electronic interface.

New projects to support Canadian Veterans and their families
Jul 22, 2019

Veterans Affairs Canada has selected 22 community-led projects to provide better support for the Veteran community in four key areas: Veteran homelessness, Veteran employment, women Veterans, and mental health.

Jul 19, 2019

The federal government has reached a deal worth $900 million to compensate the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces. The settlement provides $800 million for CAF members and $100 million in compensation for civilian employees of DND.

Jul 19, 2019

Canada will maintain its medevac capability in Mali while downsizing its tactical transport presence to plug a capability gap in the UN mission in Mali between the Canadian Armed Forces' withdrawal at the end of August and the arrival of Romanian replacements in mid-October.

LGen Jean-Marc Lanthier assumes VCDS responsibilities
Jul 18, 2019

General Jonathan Vance presided over a change of appointment ceremony today at National Defence Headquarters in which Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier assumed the responsibilities of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS), replacing LGen Paul Wynnyk who retires after over 38 years of service to Canada.

Jul 18, 2019

Carleton University Professor Stephen Saideman has received a $2.5 million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to create an inclusive and innovative defence and security community.

Jul 18, 2019

Naval forces from 19 nations, including 15 NATO Allies, recently gathered on the Black Sea for Exercise Sea Breeze 2019, co-led by the United States and Ukraine.

Jul 18, 2019

There is a sense that things are too cozy in New Brunswick – that the Irving family has too much influence on media and politics. NB MP Dominic LeBlanc should have known that accepting a free flight from the Irvings would blow up, writes John Ivison.

Jul 17, 2019

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says time is running out to save the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. U.S. President Donald Trump, accusing Russia of abrogating the agreement, announced in February that the U.S. would suspend its obligations. Russia followed suit, saying it would begin developing new systems.

Jul 17, 2019

The United States has removed Turkey from the list of customers for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II after Ankara received the first parts of a Russian missile defence system. A long-time participant in the program, Turkey was in line to procure 100 of the stealth fighters.

Jul 17, 2019

The Government Accountability Office says that although the U.S. Army is reaching out to small businesses as part of its overall modernization effort, it is not fully leveraging Army expertise, including its Office of Small Business Programs.

Jul 17, 2019

A Turkish diplomat and a civilian were shot to death in Irbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan Region. No one immediately claimed responsibility but Turkey has already vowed to retaliate.

Jul 17, 2019

A foreign-registered oil tanker has been towed into Iranian waters after sending a distress signal in the Strait of Hormuz. A foreign ministry spokesman told Iranian media the vessel was towed “in accordance with international regulation.”

Jul 17, 2019

President Vladimir Putin’s push to modernize the Russian military, having cost some 20 trillion rubles (approximately C$400 billion) over the last decade, evidently has left his country’s defence sector deeply in debt.

Jul 17, 2019

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn his candidacy for the Pentagon's top job amidst reports of domestic violence in his family.

Jul 17, 2019

A recently released but subsequently deleted document written by a Canadian Senator for the Defense and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly apparently confirmed that U.S. nuclear weapons are stored in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey.

Jul 16, 2019

The Government of Canada has awarded contracts to Chantier Davie and Seaspan Victoria Shipyards Limited (initially totalling $1 billion) to carry out maintenance work on the first group of Canada’s Halifax-class frigates. A similar contract with Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is currently being finalized.

Jul 16, 2019

The government has promised $7 billion worth of long-term maintenance contracts to three shipyards, and will be making major announcements today at shipyards in Quebec and Victoria.

Jul 16, 2019

Almost five months after a military standoff with India, Pakistan has fully reopened its airspace to civil traffic. The shutdown in February was in response to an Indian air strike against what was described as a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.

Jul 16, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel says the European Union might not wake up to the threat of Iran "until Iranian nuclear missiles fall on European soil. He was reacting to a statement by EU foreign ministers to the effect that Iran's recent breaches of a 2015 deal limiting its nuclear program were insignificant.

Jul 16, 2019
Recent military exercises by South Korea and the United States, perceived by North Korea as preparations for an eventual invasion, have prompted the foreign ministry to issue a statement that it is considering ending its moratorium on nuclear development.
Jul 15, 2019

U.S. President Trump’s call for four Democratic Party congresswomen of colour to “go home” is being decried by world leaders as racist.His statement that the congresswomen “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe”, is being widely condemned.

Jul 15, 2019

Asked by a journalist July 15 whether U.S. President Donald Trump was being racist in calling on four female members of Congress to “go home”despite the fact that three were born in the U.S., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau replied that “I think Canadians and people around the world know exactly what I think.”

Jul 15, 2019

As Canada's extended participation in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali draws to a close, the country continues to grapple with Islamist violence and other challenges of organized crime, smuggling, drug and human trafficking, and terrorism.

Jul 15, 2019

Vassy Kapelos looks at defence factors that may inform voters in the coming Canadian election, such as defence spending, the Mark Norman fiasco, and general defence disarray.

Jul 15, 2019

During a visit to Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, Ont. July 15, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was urged by NATO Secetary General Jens Stoltenberg to not backtrack on boosting Canada’s defence spending. “After years of decline, we are now in the fifth consecutive year of rise in defence spending across Europe and Canada, and I encourage you to redouble your efforts,” he said at a press conference with Trudeau. “This is about fairness, but more importantly, it is about our security in a more unpredictable world.”

Jul 15, 2019

Security and intelligence-sharing between Britain and the United States are often cited as the key to their “special relationship” but are they increasingly at odds? Is the recent U.S. move to establish a naval taskforce to patrol flashpoints in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea sucking Britain more deeply into President Donald Trump’s confrontation with Iran?

Jul 12, 2019

The Chief of the Defence Staff has officially announced the following changes to senior leadership following the recent decision by LGen Wynnyk to retire from the VCDS position.

Jul 12, 2019

The first of six new nuclear-powered Barracuda attack submarines (SSNs) for the French Navy was ceremonially launched July 12 at Naval Group’s Cherbourg site. Acceptance trials of Suffren are scheduled in the first quarter of 2020. The new boats replace six Amethyste-class SSNs, the first of which entered service in 1992.

Jul 12, 2019

Turkey’s decision to go ahead with the acquisition of a Russian missile defence system has angered the United States, which is suggesting that it could jeopardize Turkey’s planned procurement of 100 Lockheed Martin F-36 Lighting II joint strike fighters, potentially allowing Russia to gain access to classified U.S. technology.

Jul 10, 2019

It seems the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff has had enough of ping-pong-politics and is retiring as of 9 August. After initially agreeing to postpone his summer 2019 retirement plans, his role has been changed and then reversed within months by the CDS who was unsure of how to proceed after former VCDS, VAdm Mark Norman (who had been suspended by Gen Vance), was cleared of breach of trust charges.

Jul 10, 2019

Airbus and Boeing have formally complained and may pull out of a bidding process to supply Canada with new fighter jets because they say the contest is unfairly tilted toward Lockheed Martin’s F-35.

Jul 08, 2019

The first Airbus C295 purchased for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program, completed its maiden flight on 4 July. Delivery is expected by the end of this year, when the RCAF will begin operational testing.

Jun 24, 2019

During a visit to Moscow, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Moscow and Cairo share a common vision on many issues. Shoukry said that both Egypt and Russia support the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the need to reach a permanent and just solution to the Palestinian cause, and to establish a Palestinian state based on the "Green Line"borders of 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Jun 24, 2019

A pilot has died after two German military jets crashed in the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The planes were flying on a mission out of a major training center for the German air force.

Jun 21, 2019

A site has been officially approved for the federal government’s promised national monument for the war in Afghanistan. The decision by the NCC paves the way for the memorial to be built east of the Canadian War Museum in downtown Ottawa.

Jun 21, 2019

PSPC has provided aerospace firms a new draft version of the requirements for Canada’s next generation fighter jet fleet. Some changes have been made in the draft request for proposals document to deal with concerns raised by the companies, according to federal government sources.

Jun 21, 2019

The Senate's attempt to investigate the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is officially dead, the deputy chair of the upper chamber's defence committee said Thursday.

Jun 21, 2019

Former Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose's bill to give mandatory sexual assault training to federally appointed judges is dead, thanks to some procedural manoeuvring in the Senate.

Jun 20, 2019

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) deployed in Latvia signalled the beginning of construction of a new headquarters building today with a ground-breaking ceremony near the Latvian National Armed Forces’ Joint Headquarters in Riga.

Jun 20, 2019

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it shot down a U.S. drone on Thursday, amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over Iran's collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, although American and Iranian officials are disputing exactly where the downing occurred.

Jun 20, 2019

A Hezbollah operative collected “detailed information” about security measures as Toronto’s Pearson airport, according to a report circulated by Canada’s air safety agency and obtained by Global News.

Jun 19, 2019

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) has completed a series of drills in the South China Sea, with the aim of improving interoperability and familiarity between the two services.

Jun 19, 2019

Former top military commanders and wounded veterans say it's "unconscionable" that an ex-cultural adviser who served alongside special forces in Afghanistan has been reduced to pleading with the Department of National Defence for treatment to cover his post-traumatic stress.

Jun 18, 2019

Reports of Hezbollah activity in North America are not new, but last month's criminal conviction in New York of the Hezbollah operative Ali Kourani reveals disturbing new information about the extent of operations and activities in the United States and Canada.

Jun 18, 2019

A Canadian paratrooper died and two US soldiers and another Canadian were injured on Monday during a low-altitude parachute jump during the US-led Swift Response 2019 military exercises near Plovdiv in Bulgaria.

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