IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Nov 08, 2018

The future Franco-German combat aircraft program is set to begin in earnest early next year, but the bickering is already in full swing. The two main companies involved – Dassault and Airbus – have “a clear common vision on the project,” as an Airbus spokesman put it. But there is also politicking, jockeying for position and mistrust.

Nov 07, 2018

Democrats won the U.S. House in convincing fashion in Tuesday’s midterm elections, promising to shake up defense policy in the coming year and raising the possibility of tumultuous impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Nov 07, 2018

The long effort to replace Canada's aging fighter jets took another surprise twist on Tuesday, as multiple sources revealed that French fighter-jet maker Dassault is pulling out of the multibillion-dollar competition.

Nov 07, 2018

With 18 diesel electric submarines, four so-called “helicopter destroyers”, 43 destroyers and destroyer escorts, 25 minesweepers and training ships, fleet oilers, submarine rescue ships and other vessels, Japan’s navy is the second largest in Asia and one of the largest in the world.

Nov 07, 2018

The federal government has dramatically slowed the approval process for weapons exports in recent years, the result of controversy over arms deals with Saudi Arabia and other nations with poor human rights records.

Nov 07, 2018

The Trudeau government, which is still weighing whether to suspend shipments in the $15-billion sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, has rejected a call from Canadian senators to give human rights and international humanitarian law greater weight in the arms-export control system.

Nov 06, 2018

Edmonton is now officially home to Canadian Forces Trail. The new name honours the relationship between the city, Edmonton Garrison, and the historical significance of the former Canadian Forces Base Griesbach, west of 97 Street and north of 137 Avenue.

Nov 06, 2018

As voters head to poll stations across the country today, their decisions will have lasting ramifications for the military for years to come. The results will determine which party controls the House and Senate, and by extension, how the fiscal 2020 defence budget process unfolds.

Nov 06, 2018

Prime Minister Trudeau will join world leaders in France this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. He will visit the Canadian National Vimy Ridge Memorial in northern France on Saturday before attending Armistice Day ceremonies in Paris.

Nov 06, 2018

Repaying hundreds of thousands of disabled veterans and their survivors for a calculating error that deprived them of some of their pensions for seven years will cost $165 million, the federal government says.

Nov 06, 2018

The federal government will save nearly $500-million over five years as a result of its move away from lump-sum payments to monthly pension payments for life for disabled veterans. But Ottawa is not committing to using those savings to close gaps so that all former military personnel are compensated equally.

Nov 05, 2018

The December 2017 “Team Canada” tour – now more popularly known in some quarters in the military as “the party flight” – has without a doubt been a major public relations black eye for the Canadian Forces.

Nov 05, 2018

Concern is rising in the Canadian military industry that the federal government is not rallying in support of General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, a leading national military analyst says.

Nov 05, 2018

The U.S. Navy’s chief of naval operations has called on China to return to a previously agreed-upon code of conduct for at-sea encounters between the ships of their respective navies, stressing the need to avoid miscalculations.

Nov 05, 2018

The military’s top commander is applauding the Royal Canadian Legion’s decision to appoint, for the first time, a parent who lost her child to suicide as the country’s Silver Cross Mother.

Nov 05, 2018

Federal funds budgeted for providing services to Canadian war veterans but left unspent at the end of the year may no longer go to waste if an impending NDP motion is passed by Parliament.

Nov 02, 2018

The public should be advised that Petawawa soldiers from 2 Field Ambulance will be conducting military medical training between Borden and Deep River, Ontario, until November 9, 2018.

Nov 02, 2018

Defence Minister Sajjan today announced that the Royal Canadian Navy will receive a sixth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship from Irving Shipyards. The Government of Canada is acquiring the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) to bolster the Royal Canadian Navy’s capabilities while equipping its women and men with versatile and reliable vessels to complete their vital missions, he said.

Nov 02, 2018

A member of Canada’s special forces has been charged with trafficking stolen goods and theft after generators, gun parts, and clothing owned by the military was taken and some sold on-line.

Nov 02, 2018

The federal government said yesterday that it plans to divvy up $7 billion in maintenance and repair contracts for RCN frigates to three shipyards: Halifax’s Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Seaspan Victoria Shipyards in Victoria, B.C., and Davie Shipbuilding in Levis, Que.

Nov 01, 2018

The Homeland Security and Defense Departments don’t expect a significant cyber attack on next week’s elections. But both agencies are eager to avoid a repeat of 2016, so just in case, military Cyber Protection Teams are on standby and able to respond “within hours,” a senior Pentagon official told reporters.

Nov 01, 2018

Russia's only aircraft carrier has been damaged after the floating dry dock repair facility she was in collapsed and sank in the early hours of October 30. The Admiral Kuznetsov has been undergoing repairs since April this year on one of the world's biggest floating docks in Kola Bay near Murmansk.

Nov 01, 2018

The Canadian Army is investigating active members of the Canadian Forces who run an online army surplus store that sells symbols linked to white supremacy.

Oct 31, 2018

For the first time, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is taking part in the maritime component of a military exercise, which has been held between the United States and Japanese militaries since 1986.

Oct 31, 2018

Canada’s spy service is warning that Canadian research is “of interest to foreign states,” whose exploitation of such work poses potential harm to Canada’s national interests.

Oct 31, 2018

History has informed international defense companies that it’s difficult to play ball in the United States, but as the U.S. Army looks to rapidly modernize, both American and international companies are finding that partnering to bring readily available advanced technology and weapon systems into the U.S. is a win-win for both sides.

Oct 31, 2018

HMCS Toronto, which is taking part in NATO operations, has run into some more problems. The frigate was conducting operations at sea off the coast of the United Kingdom when the ship experienced an electrical issue causing a loss of power.

Oct 31, 2018

China Telecom, a state-owned telecommunications firm, has systematically diverted internet traffic in Canada and the United States by shunting it through its own network in an effort to commit espionage and steal intellectual property, two cybersecurity researchers say.

Oct 31, 2018

Canada has modified the mandatory specifications for its next fleet of fighter jets to make it easier for European manufacturers to qualify for the $26-billion contract and foster more competition among five qualified bidders, federal officials said.

Oct 30, 2018

Last week, Justin Trudeau said that he may suspend exports of light-armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The move would have significant financial consequences for London, where the vehicles are assembled – and Trudeau’s comments have reignited a local debate about whether economic concerns should trump human rights.

Oct 30, 2018

The effort to replace the air force's aging fleet of CF-18 fighters took a small step forward Monday when Public Services and Procurement Canada released a draft tender and asked for feedback from the makers of new jets.

Oct 30, 2018

Britain’s Ministry of Defence has been given a £1 billion (U.S. $1.28 billion) spending boost in the Treasury budget announcement Oct. 29, with Chancellor Philip Hammond suggesting the money would be mainly spent on three strategic military programs.

Oct 30, 2018

Canadian military leaders and government officials like to talk about the value of the Canadian Rangers. But as Canadian Forces Ombudsman Gary Walbourne recently outlined to Parliamentarians, while the value the Canadian Rangers provide to this country is exceptional, their treatment is not.

Oct 30, 2018

NDP MP Charlie Angus is asking CBC’s ombudsman to review its policy for protecting confidential sources, given the situation around the government’s hire of the journalist at the centre of the criminal case against Vice Admiral Mark Norman.

Oct 30, 2018

Canadian academics have collaborated on dozens of projects with Chinese military researchers – some of whom appear to have obscured their defence ties – raising concerns that Canada is inadvertently helping China modernize its armed forces.

Oct 30, 2018

Canada is facing a complex challenge as it gets ready to launch a full competition for new fighter jets stemming from its long-standing involvement in the international coalition that is building the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 stealth aircraft.

Oct 29, 2018

The Department of National Defence says a fire broke out on board HMCS Halifax which is taking part in NATO operations but the crew was able to put out the blaze.

Oct 29, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shouldn’t be blaming Conservative predecessors for signing onto a $15-billion light armoured vehicle sale to Saudi Arabia that contains terms that make it tough to cancel, says the former Tory cabinet minister who helped shepherd the deal.

Oct 27, 2018

Embodying the spirit of camaraderie, sportsmanship, and determination, Team Canada won two silver and four bronze medals over the course of the week-long Invictus Games competition. The closing ceremony today officially wraps up the 2018 Games.

Oct 26, 2018
General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada announced major layoffs amid tension between Canada and Saudi Arabia. The London, Ont.-based defence manufacturing giant laid off nearly 40 salaried employees this Wednesday.
Oct 26, 2018

A Canadian military contingent of approximately 2,000 personnel is currently in northern Europe to participate in Exercise Trident Juncture 2018, NATO’s largest exercise in recent years, according to the Canadian Forces.

Oct 26, 2018

Investigators looking at a series of pipe bombs zeroed in on a Florida postal facility as the number of explosive devices mailed to opponents of U.S. President Donald Trump reached 10.

Oct 26, 2018

The F-35 Joint Program Office temporarily has halted flight operations for a number of F-35s with higher flight hours after finding two new parts that will require inspection on older models of the jets.

Oct 26, 2018

Lockheed Martin Canada has laid off 20 employees in Ottawa and another 11 at its facilities in Montreal and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Industry sources say some of the layoffs can be attributed to the recent loss of the Halifax-class underwater warfare suite upgrade contract, which went to General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada.

Oct 26, 2018

Another day and another attempt by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to disentangle himself from what is rapidly becoming – if it isn’t already – the most toxic Canadian trade deal ever. The Liberals have tied themselves so closely to a progressive agenda and human rights that it is almost impossible to separate that from the $15-billion deal to sell light armoured vehicles to the Saudis.

Oct 25, 2018

A bipartisan group of 21 House lawmakers have introduced a bill to immediately stop all military sales and aid to Saudi Arabia’s government. The bill came as President Donald Trump said the his administration has taken its first steps in punishing the Saudis by deciding to revoke the visas of the suspects.

Oct 25, 2018

The Canadian Forces ombudsman won’t refer soldiers to a military program that is designed to resolve complaints at a local level after concerns were raised about the organization’s close relationship with senior officers as well as a lack of safeguards surrounding the confidential information provided by military personnel.

Oct 25, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is looking at suspending the federal permits that allow the export of a massive sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. This after Mr. Trudeau balked at outright cancelling a $15-billion deal to sell weaponized light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, arguing on Tuesday it could cost Canadians as much as $1-billion in charges if Ottawa abrogated the contract.

Oct 24, 2018

Explosive devices and envelopes with "white powder" sent to the homes of former President Barack Obama, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and financier George Soros, as well as to the Manhattan office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, and another package addressed to former CIA director John Brennan but delivered to CNN's NY offices (requiring a full evac of Time Warner building this morning). All were intercepted before reaching the intended recipients.

Oct 24, 2018

Thirty Canadian military members and their families were forced to evacuate their Florida homes and are now living in a hotel after a hurricane ripped through the U.S. air force base where they are stationed.

Oct 24, 2018

Satellites vital to Canadian military operations are vulnerable to cyberattack or even a direct missile strike – just one example of why the country’s defence policy must extend fully into the burgeoning space frontier, an internal Defence Department note warns.

Oct 24, 2018

The U.S. and its NATO allies are teaming up to more closely cooperate on the development and fielding of unmanned maritime systems, according to an agreement signed by the defense heads of 13 NATO allies.

Oct 24, 2018

Losing three major programs over the course of about a month wasn’t an easy pill to swallow for Lockheed Martin. But winning them could have been even more detrimental to the company, resulting in a loss of more than $5 billion, its chief executive said Tuesday.

Oct 23, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it's difficult to break Canada's deal to supply light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia because of the way the contract was negotiated by the previous Conservative government.

Oct 23, 2018

China has inaugurated a new alliance to promote collaboration across its military research, development, and manufacturing enterprises. The National Defence Science and Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance was launched in mid-October and recently publicized by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

Oct 23, 2018

As European shipbuilders prepare to transform their nations' rising military budgets into naval power, local priorities are acting as formidable forces against the integration of a fragmented market.

Oct 23, 2018

The case of Vice Admiral Mark Norman was back in the House of Commons on Monday with questions about former journalist James Cudmore and when he was offered a job in Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s office.

Oct 23, 2018

After a series in the Toronto Star on the growing national threat of right-wing extremism – garnering an admission from the Canadian military that neo-Nazis are indeed in uniform – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan acknowledged the department is taking the issue seriously.

Oct 23, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s willing to freeze exports of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, as the opposition presses the federal government to follow Germany’s lead in suspending military shipments to the kingdom over the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Oct 23, 2018

The Canadian Coast Guard says three "interim" icebreakers that were recently purchased without a competition will be used for the next 15 to 20 years. But, Coast Guard officials are playing down concerns about the state of their aging fleet – and the challenges in building replacements.

Oct 22, 2018

A lack of sailors has meant four British warships have not spent a day at sea in 2018, new data has revealed. A U.K. National Audit Office report in April showed that the British Royal Navy suffered a manpower shortage of 16 per cent in 2016/17.

Oct 22, 2018

Defence Minister Sajjan says the federal Liberal government is taking a wait-and-see approach following the suspected murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

Oct 22, 2018

The federal government and Lockheed Martin are preparing to launch high-stakes negotiations after the U.S. defence giant was given the first shot at a contract to design Canada’s $60-billion fleet of new warships.

Oct 22, 2018

The Trump administration is moving to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, per multiple reports, removing a key arms control treaty between the United States and Russia.

Oct 22, 2018

Germany is freezing arms exports to Saudi Arabia as Riyadh faces a growing chorus of international condemnation over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate and near-universal disbelief over the kingdom’s shifting explanations for his death.

Oct 21, 2018

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is urging Ottawa to cancel a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. “We’ve got a regime which has got a serious record of horrible human rights violations against its own people,” Singh told CTV News.

Oct 20, 2018

DND says Canadian fighter jets in Romania have intercepted a Russian military aircraft that was approaching NATO airspace over the Black Sea. Two CF-18s were scrambled Thursday after NATO detected the Russian SU-27 Flanker operating near Romania, where Canada has had five fighter jets and 135 military personnel.

Oct 19, 2018

The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. have identified Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. as the preferred bidder to provide the design and design team for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future Canadian Surface Combatants.

Oct 19, 2018

Canada's top general is taking no comfort from the fact that the number of sexual assaults reported to military authorities more than doubled last year, after suggestions the increase represented a sign of progress in the fight against such behaviour.

Oct 19, 2018

President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to deploy the military and close the southern U.S. border if Mexico does not halt a caravan of Central America migrants heading north, raising the risk of huge disruptions to trade.

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