IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

May 02, 2019

British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson was summarily fired Wednesday after an investigation into leaks from a secret government meeting about Chinese telecoms firm Huawei. In a letter to Williamson, Prime Minister Theresa May said she “can no longer have full confidence” in Williamson in the wake of the investigation.

May 01, 2019

The U.S. Air Force has finally flown its variant of the F-35 in combat, using two of the aircraft to take out an ISIS tunnel network and weapons cache in Iraq on April 30.

May 01, 2019

Eight former Canadian soldiers are suing the government of Canada, claiming they were poisoned by a military-issued anti-malarial drug while on missions in Somalia, Rwanda and Afghanistan. Seeking more than $10 million each, the veterans say their lives have been destroyed by the drug Mefloquine.

May 01, 2019

The federal government is awarding Davie Shipyards a contract worth more than $7.1 million to refit the Canadian Coast Guard's largest icebreaker. The refit of the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent is the latest contract awarded to Davie amid complaints from the Quebec shipyard about a lack of work.

May 01, 2019

Capt. Kimberly Fawcett, the soon-to-be former RCAF officer – who last week lost a court challenge of the military's refusal to pay disability benefits for a 2006 traffic accident that claimed the life of her infant son – is now confirmed as the nominated federal Conservative candidate in the Toronto-area riding of Scarborough Southwest.

May 01, 2019

A unit of soldiers from Toronto-area reserve units of the Canadian Armed Forces were photographed carrying unmuzzled weapons at the ready, their magazines in place – but unloaded – at a Khalsa Day Parade that took place in Toronto on Sunday.

Apr 30, 2019

The Government of Canada has awarded a $102 million contract to Ocean Industries Inc., from Isle‑aux-Coudres, Quebec, for the acquisition of four tugs. These new tugs will provide towing, firefighting and other critical support services to both the Atlantic and Pacific Maritime Forces.

Apr 30, 2019

BAE Systems is no longer in the running to bid on a new program to provide Canada with military aircrew training services. On April 2, it informed Canada of its decision to officially withdraw from the solicitation process for the Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) program, PSPC announced yesterday.

Apr 30, 2019

Canada's defence minister says if the impact of climate change disasters ranging from floods to fires worsens, he may have to increase the number of Canadian Forces personnel available to respond.

Apr 30, 2019

More Canadian soldiers are helping in the battle to sandbag homes against the still-rising floodwaters in central and eastern Canada than are deployed overseas, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says, though in a few places the water is slowly beginning to recede.

Apr 29, 2019

The Liberal–National Coalition government in Australia has pledged to spend up to AUD1 billion (USD705 million) on building three new naval vessels at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson, Western Australia, if it wins the country’s federal election scheduled for mid-May.

Apr 29, 2019

The slow-building floods of Eastern Canada have turned into a full-blown emergency, with the rupture of a dike near Montreal triggering a sudden inundation that forced 6,500 people to flee to higher ground on the weekend.

Apr 29, 2019

Defence Minister Sajjan is set to visit flood-affected areas in Saint John, N.B., on Monday. He will meet with local residents and community leaders who are dealing with flooding and visit the Canadian soldiers who’ve been tasked to assist New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization as it responds to flooding.

Apr 29, 2019

The vote to send a new country to the Security Council table at the United Nations is creeping up, and so is Canada's spending to secure a seat around that table.

Apr 29, 2019

Anachronistic and patronizing, or benign nautical tradition? The appropriateness of referring to ships as “she” has been challenged by the Scottish Maritime Museum’s decision this week to adopt gender-neutral signage for its vessels.

Apr 26, 2019

Planning is underway at the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces to deploy military personnel in the Ottawa area to help deal with flooding.

Apr 26, 2019

The Canadian government has renewed Operation CALUMET, the Canadian military’s contribution to the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Peninsula. The Canadian contribution will continue until March 31, 2022 under the renewal.

Apr 26, 2019

The City of Ottawa has declared a state of emergency as river levels continue to rise, threatening to surpass those reached when flooding devastated some neighbourhoods two years ago.

Apr 25, 2019

President Donald Trump made a new threat Wednesday to send armed soldiers to the U.S.-Mexico border: "We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!" he tweeted.

Apr 25, 2019

Vince Di Pietro has retired from his role as chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia after nearly two and a half years in the position.

Apr 25, 2019

The U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team is now confirmed as coming to the Aero Gatineau-Ottawa 2019 air show. The team will be conducting only two displays outside the U.S. this year. The Aero Gatineau-Ottawa air show runs Sept. 6-8.

Apr 25, 2019

A Canadian air force captain who served two tours in Afghanistan has lost another legal bid for disability benefits, 13 years after losing both her baby son and one of her legs in a motor vehicle accident.

Apr 24, 2019

A former Pentagon acquisitions official has recommended to Congress a series of legal and regulatory changes to ease defense-industrial cooperation between America and its closest allies, including a stronger waiver for U.S. defense-export controls.

Apr 24, 2019

Companies interested in providing a new icebreaker to the coast guard have been threatened by the Liberal government which is increasingly using gag orders to prevent details about proposed federal procurements from being reported on. The firms were told “Canada will take appropriate action” if they violate the ban on discussing the project with the news media.

Apr 24, 2019

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to pitch closer defence cooperation with Canada, among other things, when he visits Ottawa this weekend. One defence expert said that his visit is an attempt to gauge how serious the Trudeau government is about becoming more engaged in the Asia-Pacific region.

New Armed Forces Physical Performance Strategy announced
Apr 23, 2019

The revised Physical Performance Strategy for members of the Canadian Armed Forces was announced today by the CDS. The strategy helps to promote a culture of fitness and improve the physical performance within the CAF.

Apr 23, 2019
Newly revealed figures show the number of veterans from the war in Afghanistan receiving federal support for mental-health conditions nearly doubled between March 2014 and March 2018.
Apr 23, 2019

The Canadian Forces and Department of National Defence has updated the status of a number of its major procurement programs including the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships which it says will be fully operational by 2025.

Apr 23, 2019

The RCMP is embarking on a new recruitment strategy that will substantially alter the complexion of the national police force, replacing scores of traditional criminal investigators with civilians who have specialized skills to help pursue terrorists, cyber criminals, money launderers, drug traffickers and fraudsters, the National Post has learned.

Apr 22, 2019

During a recent visit to Washington, Gen. Gordon Messenger, vice chief of the UK's Defence Staff, sat down with Defense News to discuss the Defence Ministry’s modernization strategy and how this will all work out post Brexit.

Apr 22, 2019

Canada’s minister of national defence was in Delta, B.C. last week visiting a world provider of helicopter, maintenance and overhaul service. He visited Heli-One’s River Road production facility, where he met with shop technicians and viewed key production stations.

Apr 22, 2019

About 200 CAF soldiers started filling sandbags and carrying out evacuations in Quebec’s Outaouais and Mauricie regions overnight Saturday, and by Sunday afternoon about 600 were on the job across the province.

Apr 22, 2019

Though the federal government expects to award a contract for a new fleet of fighter jets in 2022, it admits that schedule is aggressive and could yet face further delays.

Apr 22, 2019

Authorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday, a day after a string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across the country killed 290 people and wounded about 500. But there were warnings more attacks could come.

Apr 18, 2019

For now the U.S. Army has decided not to buy the next variant of the CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopter for the conventional force and a key Army leader has indicated that decision could change down the road while another said there’s no going back.

Apr 18, 2019

North Korea has test-fired a "new-type tactical guided weapon," its state media announced Thursday, a move that could be an attempt to register the country's displeasure with deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States without causing those coveted negotiations to collapse.

Apr 18, 2019

This week, DND released the 2018 Surgeon General Report on Suicide Mortality in the Canadian Armed Forces and VAC published their 2018 Veteran Suicide Mortality Study.

Apr 18, 2019

The world’s next hot spot theoretically could be its coldest. Atop the globe, the Arctic expanse is a new frontier for the United States and friends to fortify against an aggressive, ambitious Russia.

Apr 18, 2019

Lawyers for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and the federal government argued Wednesday over the words of Canada's top bureaucrat during the SNC-Lavalin affair as the suspended military officer's team pressed for access to secret government emails and memos.

Apr 17, 2019

A Halifax councillor tried, and failed, on Tuesday to cut $500,000 of funding for an armoured police vehicle. "It would be shocking to me to allow the militarization of our police in Halifax," said Coun. Shawn Cleary.

Apr 17, 2019

U.S. Air Forces Central Command said in a release that F-35A Lightning IIs from the 388th Fighter Wing and the 419th Fighter Wing, both at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates Monday.

Apr 17, 2019

Federal lawyers have signalled a partial surrender in their fight with Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's lawyers to keep the contents of some federal documents and memos secret during his trial.

Apr 16, 2019

Canada has formally joined a German-French coalition aimed at saving the international world order from destruction by various world dictators and autocrats – and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Apr 16, 2019

Boeing has been awarded US$14.3 billion to support and upgrade the B-52 Stratofortress and B-1B Lancer bombers over the next decade. Work will be performed in Oklahoma and is expected to be complete by 11 April 2029.

Apr 16, 2019

India and UK have renewed a memorandum of understanding on defence equipment cooperation. This comes after a bilateral defence and security equipment talks in London last week, the two nations agreed to re-double efforts to identify mutual defence and security capability needs and collaborate on solutions.

Apr 16, 2019

A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below.

Apr 16, 2019

For those who love a man, or woman, in uniform, the Army Ball was the place to be on Saturday night as Canada’s military came dressed in their finest for the black-tie gala held at Gatineau's Hilton Lac-Leamy.

Apr 15, 2019

The U.S. military is returning to the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policies, said troops and LGBT+ groups, as new rules that will ban most openly transgender people from serving came into effect on Friday.

Apr 15, 2019

Defence IQ had the opportunity to talk to the Commander of the Canadian Army Doctrine & Training Centre, Major General Stephen Cadden, about the modernization of the Canadian training program and the importance of industry in delivering the right solutions.

Apr 15, 2019

The leader of India‘s Sikh-majority Punjab state has slammed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party after the federal government removed direct references to Sikh extremism in a recent terrorism threat report.

Apr 15, 2019

In an Ottawa courthouse, where daily law-and-order dramas play out before judges, one court proceeding now underway could land on Justin Trudeau’s doorstep just as Canadians get ready to go to the polls.

Apr 15, 2019

The politically charged competition to replace Canada's aging fleet of fighter jets will rocket forward at the end of May as the federal government releases a long-anticipated, full-fledged tender call.

Apr 15, 2019

The RCAF’s fleet of C-130J aircraft have been dogged with problems in recent years, once prompting a warning about aircraft availability. There have been problems getting enough parts for the transport aircraft fleet, forcing the RCAF to use wheels and tire assemblies from older Hercules on the new planes.

Apr 12, 2019

Less than a decade after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to turn his country into a top-five global cybersecurity power, Israel is recognized worldwide as a cybersecurity innovation hub that continues to produce not only some of the best products and services – but the best minds.

Apr 12, 2019

Sudan's state-run broadcaster says Defence Minister Awad Mohammed Ibn Auf is being sworn in as head of a new military council that will run the country for two years. The move is being taken after the military ousted autocratic President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday following nearly four months of expanding protests.

Apr 12, 2019

The Supreme Court of Canada will not delve into the multibillion-dollar sale of Canadian-made light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The high court gave no reason for refusing to hear an appeal from University of Montreal law professor Daniel Turp, who has pursued the issue for years.

Apr 12, 2019

Canadians have wildly diverging views on banning handguns and assault-style firearms, says a newly released summary of federal consultations.

Apr 11, 2019

Boarding team from HMCS Regina has seized 2,569 kilograms of hashish while deployed in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation Artemis, which is Canada's contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters.

Apr 11, 2019

Search and rescue teams found wreckage from a crashed Japanese F-35 stealth fighter in the Pacific Ocean close to northern Japan and are scouring the waters for the missing pilot, authorities said Wednesday.

Apr 11, 2019

The military's top intelligence officer says his branch only collects information on Canadian citizens under exceptional circumstances and usually at the behest of other federal government departments.

Apr 11, 2019

For the first time, women in the Canadian Armed Forces will be allowed to wear ponytails. The move, which also makes nylon stockings optional when in a skirt and permits flat shoes instead of pumps or oxfords, is the latest effort to modernize the CAF after the recent easing of restrictions on beards, boots and off-duty marijuana use.

Apr 11, 2019

Thousands of public servants in Ottawa are scrambling after the Department of National Defence informed them they would lose their parking spaces and announced a lottery for new spots that some are calling the “Hunger Games of Parking.”

Apr 11, 2019

Julian Assange, the fugitive founder of WikiLeaks and publisher of state secrets that embarrassed governments around the world, was arrested on behalf of the U.S. in London on Thursday.

Apr 10, 2019

The NSICP annual report, which had been delivered to the PM in December 2018, has now been released to the public. It covers topics of intelligence priorities, defence intelligence activities, legal authorities, plus oversight and accountability. Numerous federal departments and agencies were involved: CBSA; CSIS; CSE; Justice; DND and the Canadian Armed Forces; FINTRAC; GAC; IRCC; Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre; PCO; Public Safety; RCMP; and Transport Canada.

Apr 10, 2019

On April 6, 2019, HMCS Regina seized 2,569 kilograms of hashish while deployed in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation ARTEMIS, the CAF's ongoing contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters.

Apr 10, 2019

The British Army has taken over command of UK ground-based air defence systems from the Royal Air Force. The army launched the 7 Air Defence Group to assume the command of the air defence systems, replacing the RAF’s Joint Ground Based Air Defence.

Apr 10, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday put forward an ambitious program to secure Russia's foothold in the Arctic, including efforts to build new ports and other infrastructure facilities and expand an icebreaker fleet.

Apr 10, 2019

A Japanese air force F-35 stealth fighter crashed into the Pacific Ocean during a night training flight and parts of the jet were recovered, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Apr 10, 2019

A parliamentary committee formed to address national security concerns is calling on the federal government to bring in greater scrutiny to the military’s intelligence-gathering activities.

Apr 09, 2019

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he will find out why his department’s websites pay tribute to every other Canadian mission except the 1994 deployment to Rwanda, where the horrors of a genocide left many troops with permanent psychological damage.

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